Will be AAVMC representative to the Association of Public Land Grant Universities’ Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources


UT CVM Dean Jim Thomson
Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  Download image.

Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to serve on the Association of American  Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)  Board of Directors.

In addition to general responsibilities as a member of the board, Thompson will serve as the AAVMC’s official representative to the Association of Public Land Grant Universities’ Commission on Food, Environment and Renewable Resources. The mid-cycle appointment expires in July 2015 and Dean Thompson will be eligible for reappointment to serve two additional two-year terms.

“I feel fortunate to be a member of this profession and want to help veterinary medicine continue its strong historical relationships between people, animals, agriculture, and the environment,” said Thompson. “I’m excited to learn more about the issues impacting academic veterinary medicine and higher education and am honored by this opportunity to serve and contribute.”

Thompson has served as dean of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. Prior to his appointment as dean of the UT-CVM, he served as executive associate dean and professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. Thompson also held a joint appointment in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Thompson earned a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Purdue University, his DVM degree from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in immunology and medical microbiology from the University of Florida.

He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in internal medicine and oncology and by the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (ACVM) in immunology, virology and bacteriology/mycology.

His clinical interests focus on internal medicine, immune mediated disorders, infectious diseases, and oncology.

Reprinted from Vet-Med Educator, Sept. 2014