Dear CVM Family:
As you have heard from the Chancellor, the University of Missouri is taking dramatic steps to proactively slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID 19. I would like to expound on how we at the CVM will handle this situation to best support the continuity of our students’ education and service to our clients without unduly risking anyone’s health.
For first- and second-year DVM students, in-seat classroom and lab attendance is suspended beginning Thursday, March 12. Course materials for all classes will be available online, and you will be responsible for learning the material that would have been taught in class this week and next. Labs will be suspended until after spring break. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please contact your course instructor. We will provide follow-up information about classes as it is determined.
Third- and fourth-year students who are on clinical rotations, including all clinical pathology and pathology rotations, are expected to report to the VHC and VMDL as scheduled, unless you are ill. If your personal circumstances put you or others at elevated risk for illness, or you have other concerns about reporting to your rotation, please contact Dr. Angela Tennison or your course leader.
Faculty and staff are expected to report to work as scheduled. However, if you are ill, please remain home. If you are not ill, but your personal circumstances put you or others at elevated risk for illness, please discuss you concerns with your supervisor. We suggest all members of the CVM community engage in an increased level of social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and continue with meticulous hygiene practices.
I know many of you will have questions or circumstances that have not yet been addressed. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more, and we will work with you to address your specific issues. We understand that these are concerning times, but I have every faith that we will work together as a community to carry on our mission to Teach, Heal, Discover and Serve.
Thank you for all you do for the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Carolyn J. Henry, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)