The College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University: A Personal Perspective of Its Founding
The development of the veterinary college on the North Carolina State University (NCSU)
campus began many years before it was a coordinated effort. I thank each and every one who
contributed to it even though it is next to impossible to identify them all because of the broad
breadth of the team effort.
The names used in this acknowledgment are only a few of those with well-defined contributions. There were those within the veterinary profession that kept the idea alive; there were
legislators, university trustees, and university administrators; members of the Department of
Veterinary Science and the group that formed the early faculty, the staff that joined us and
finally the dean’s cabinet. All of those were committed toward a dedicated effort.
Dr. Milton Leonard recognized the need and identified North Carolina as an ideal site for
an institution to promote the profession and its activities. Chancellor Cary Bostian actively
accepted a need for North Carolina students to study veterinary medicine and promoted that
opportunity by creating Southern Regional Education Board contracts.
Martin Litwack was certainly a prime mover and vocally promoted the concept of a veterinary school to other veterinarians and to legislators. After my arrival he maintained steady
pressure on me to do just a little more toward that end. I thank him for that, and am equally
indebted to the efforts of Grover Gore, W. W. “Dub” Dickson and Marcus Crotts within the
NCSU Board of Trustees. Chancellor John Caldwell followed by Joab Thomas gave critical
support to the effort, and Bruce Poulton insured its early growth by actively encouraging requests of budgetary growth sufficient to achieve that end.
Donald Howard oversaw and inspired the curriculum whereas Art Aronson and Ed
Smallwood guided its early delivery. Bill Adams created the service program with assistance