Teaching Academy

Invited Guest Speaker - February 17, 2021


Why Do They Leave?
Challenges to Recruitment and Retention of Veterinary Faculty

Martin O. Furr
DVM, Diplomat ACVIM, PhD, MA Ed
Wednesday, February 17 & Friday, February 26 at 12:10-1 pm


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday (February 17th):

12:10 - 1:00 pm - Why Do They Leave? Challenges to Recruitment and Retention of veterinary faculty

Friday (February 26th):

12:10 - 1:00 pm - Part 2 - Q & A Session from "Why Do They Leave? Challenges to Recruitment and Retention of veterinary faculty"

    Description: The challenges of recruitment and retention of clinical faculty are widespread in veterinary education. Last Wednesday, Feb 17, Dr. Furr presented his research findings on the reasons that faculty choose to leave the academe, as well as the factors that recent specialty graduates and specialist trainees consider in deciding for or against an academic career

    Recording of the session

Martin's Bio: After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a DVM in 1986, Dr. Furr practiced veterinary medicine at a clinic in Oklahoma and then completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in 1989. 

For the following two years, he was an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.  In 1991 Dr. Furr returned to the College’s Equine Medical Center serving as an Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine.  He also attained Diplomat status that year, receiving Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 1996, Dr. Furr was promoted to Associate Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, and in 2000, completed his PhD in Neuroimmunology at the University of Maryland. In 2006 he was promoted to full professor, and in 2015 obtained a MA degree in medical education from Michigan State University.  

Currently, Dr. Furr is Professor and Head of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He continues to teach and consult, and has spoken regularly at national and international meetings on topics of equine internal medicine, neonatalogy and neurology. He has published approximately 90 peer reviewed research papers, and is the primary author and editor of a major textbook of equine neurology, now in its second edition, with his colleague, Dr. Steve Reed. His research interests include equine neonatal medicine and critical care, equine neurology (particularly equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), equine immunology, and faculty development and medical education.

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