The University of Guelph has named Jeff Wichtel of the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island as the new dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).
Wichtel begins a five-year term October 1, 2015, and replaces outgoing dean Elizabeth Stone, who has served as dean for a decade.
Wichtel will also hold a faculty appointment in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine.
“I am excited and humbled to be given this opportunity,” Wichtel says, in a media release. “Teaching, research, and service at OVC are truly world-class. I am looking forward to working alongside the outstanding students, staff and faculty at OVC – a new dean could not ask for a better base on which to build.”
A faculty member in the Department of Health Management at AVC, Wichtel has been the college’s associate dean, graduate studies and research, since 2009. He also served at AVC as acting dean, director of animal resources, department chair and chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre.
Before joining AVC, Wichtel taught at Massey University in New Zealand and in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. Earlier, he was a resident at Iowa State University and a mixed animal practitioner.
He studies animal nutrition, disease, production and reproduction, and has specialized in trace element and vitamin nutrition in ruminants and horses.
Wichtel has written more than 150 publications on animal nutrition, reproduction and disease, livestock production and veterinary education, and is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.