August 4, 2021
To CVM Students,
Fall classes at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine are just around the corner and I hope each of you are excited as I am about the semester’s start.
This semester, the College is returning to in-person experiences. Everyone I have visited with this summer is excited to get back to a more normal veterinary education experience. This includes in-person lectures and laboratories, club-sponsored activities, social events and most importantly, face-to-face interactions with classmates, faculty and staff.
As directed by the Iowa Board of Regents in April, Iowa State University and other Regents universities will not require COVID-19 vaccinations to attend in-person classes this fall. I strongly encourage you to consider getting vaccinated if you already haven’t. With the increase in COVID-19 positive cases due to the Delta variant, it is obvious to me that the best way we have to protect our community is to have as many vaccinated faculty, staff and students as possible.
I believe it is imperative that we, as members of the medical profession, show a strong leadership in getting vaccinated. As medical professionals, we understand how vaccines help prevent deadly and dangerous diseases, such as COVID-19, by working with the body’s natural defenses to provide immunity. The science is clear that current vaccines work to reduce the risk of virus transmission and serious disease.
Iowa State University will host a vaccination clinic August 17-20 that will be open to all students, faculty and staff. Additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations at Iowa State is available online at https://web.iastate.edu/safety/updates/covid19/vaccinations.
Attending classes, hanging out with your classmates, club gatherings – these are all part of your veterinary education experience here at Iowa State. As we all come together this fall for these experiences, please remember that keeping our community healthy is a shared responsibility. If you are able and have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, please strongly consider it! It is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our CVM community.
Thank you and I look forward to welcoming you back later this month.
Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine