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Michael Davidson Steps Down as Director of Veterinary Medical Services to Return to the Faculty

There will a major change in the leadership of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine this July 1. After 11 years as Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services, Dr. Michael Glenn Davidson, a professor of ophthalmology, is stepping down to return to the faculty.

“I have very mixed feelings about this transition as Dr. Davidson returns to a role that encompasses his first passion—clinical and teaching excellence,” said Dean Paul Lunn. “I’m losing one of the best partners I’ve ever had in a leadership position.”

Dr. Michael Davidson

Dr. Michael Davidson

Dr. Davidson came to the NC State CVM in 1984 for a small animal medicine and surgery internship. The internship led to a two-year residency in comparative ophthalmology. In 1987 Dr. Davidson joined the CVM faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology, became an associate professor in 1993, and a professor in 1998.

In 2003 Dr. Davidson was appointed Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Medical Services and he helped usher in a new era in veterinary medicine at NC State. He guided the college through dynamic changes in veterinary education, strengthening and expanding a nationally recognized house officer training program from 30 residents and interns in 2003 to more than 80 today.

He managed and directed the growth of NC State’s Veterinary Health Complex that today includes the 110,000-square foot Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, the Equine and Farm Animal Veterinary Medical Center, the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center, and Satellite and Field Veterinary Services.

Dr. Davidson is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (Diplomate, 2001-2002 president), American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA).

He expanded the CVM Continuing Education program and worked with the NCVMA leadership to organize conferences and professional advancement opportunities, strengthening the collaboration between the organization’s members and the CVM. In 2011 he received the NCVMA Martin Litwack Award for advancing veterinary medicine.

Dr. Davidson also organized and directed the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Basic Science Course for veterinary ophthalmology trainees on eight occasions.

His teaching recognition includes the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2002, the NC State Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1989, and three CVM Faculty Awards from the Classes of 1989 and 1997 (twice). He served on more than 40 college and university committees, including directing numerous committees involved with the formation of the Terry Center and the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center. He also served on the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board from 2006-2011.

Dr. Davidson’s scholarship record includes some 90 original articles, 72 scientific abstracts, 40 research grants, 11 book chapters, 10 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and, in the past decade, more than 27 continuing education presentations. He has been an invited manuscript reviewer for 17 professional journals.

“I believe that in the past decade Mike Davidson has really set the standard for leadership for top-level academic clinical programs,” said Dr. Lunn. “He has also made our house officer training program one of the very best in the world, which has had a huge impact on so many careers.

“It’s tough to measure the full extent of the ways he has impacted this college and our profession.” Dean Lunn continued. “What I can tell you that in my first two years here he helped me every day, and worked tirelessly to make this a better place.”