Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University names new director
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
MANHATTAN — A longtime veterinarian with administrative experience in running a full-service veterinary hospital will be the new director of Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center.
Thomas Schwartz will take over the position from Bonnie Rush, interim director, on Jan. 2, 2017.
Schwartz founded and operated one of the first and most successful franchised Banfield Pet Hospital locations in the nation in Brentwood, Missouri. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University and also has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Michigan.
Schwartz brings more than 20 years of experience in both mixed and small animal practice working with dairy and beef cattle, swine, horses and companion animals. He was president of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association and served as the continuing education chairman. Before starting his veterinary career, he worked in finance and commercial banking.
"Veterinarians believe that caring for animals is the noblest profession," Schwartz said. "We promote selflessness, compassion, hope, wisdom, cooperation, trust and a sense of the greater good. I am privileged to be joining a group so dedicated to providing the best training for their students, the best care for their patients and who continually embark on paths towards new discoveries that will benefit all."
The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University provides routine, specialty and emergency care to patients across the Midwest. With more than 50 veterinarians, the center provides access to 14 board-certified specialties in small, exotic and large animal fields.