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UAF and CSU sign Agreement - December 19, 2013

On December 19, 2013 The President of CSU, Dr. Tony Frank (sitting left) and UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers (sitting right) signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two Universities.  The is a very exciting program for Alaska students and is the first professional program at UAF.  Standing behind are (left to right) CSU Dean Mark Stetter, UAF Dean Paul Layer, UAF Vet Med Associate Dean Arleigh Reynolds, and Dr. Dean Hendrickson, Associate Dean of the Professional Veterinary Medicine Program at CVMBS.

 Dr. Mark Stetter, a veterinarian and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU, said he and other college leaders are pleased to collaborate with UAF as a way to provide new opportunities for students and faculty based at CSU.

“We are excited that the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program is partnering with UAF, and we expect our new partnership will open doors to learning and discovery that are important for students, faculty and many others in the Colorado State University family,” Stetter said.

He noted that Alaska is rich in natural resources, providing unique teaching and research potential on topics including wildlife disease and health, marine animal science, sled-dog medicine, and a variety of global public-health challenges that involve both human and veterinary medicine.

The veterinary program will be part of the UAF College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“The partnership between Colorado State University and UAF is paving the way for new educational opportunities that didn’t exist going in,” said CNSM Dean Paul Layer. “These students will be prepared for careers in veterinary medicine wherever their paths may take them.”

For Further information or media interviews please contact:

Meghan Murphy, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Public or 907-474-7541

Jennifer Dimas, Colorado State University Department of Public Relations, or 970-491-1543.


Dr. Arleigh Reynolds speaks to his team at one of the 2013 races.  As the 2013 Rondy World Champion, the 2013 Open North American Champion, and tying for the Tok Race of Champions, Dr. Reynolds claimed the 2013 “Triple Crown” of mushing in Alaska. 

Dr. Reynolds now takes on a new role as the Associate Dean of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, UAF.  Arleigh attended Cornell University, receiving his BS in Biology in 1983, and his DVM in 1986, and Ph.D in 1992.  He then became Board certified at the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 1997.  His areas of research and teaching extend to Clinical Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Metabolic Diseases of Domestic Animals, Energy Metabolism and General Physiology. 

Dr. Reynolds is very excited about the new department and the opportunities it will provide for Alaska students. He also looks forward to the opportunities that these students will one day provide Alaska especially in rural areas where more veterinarians are needed. 


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