June 3, 2013
by Coleman Cornelius
Dr. Christine Hardy, director of Operations for the CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center, will take on a new role as senior director for Professional Veterinary Medicine Student Services starting July 1.
The job’s focus reflects CSU’s dedication to helping students develop personally and professionally rewarding careers at a time when career options and financial concerns are critical issues in veterinary medicine, particularly for those just entering the field.
For the past five years, Hardy has served with distinction running business operations for the Flint Animal Cancer Center, a role that has included managing an operational budget of some $700,000, strategic planning, donor interactions, marketing, public relations and human-resources responsibilities. Her new job, which reports to the associate dean for Professional Veterinary Medicine, will support and advance another stellar asset of both CSU and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – the PVM program.
The CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine program is ranked third in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and also is ranked third in the country in federal research dollars.
As senior director for PVM Student Services, Hardy will develop financial advising and career services for about 550 total students enrolled in the PVM Program. She will oversee PVM admissions, student affairs, advising and mentoring activities, the development of a new career center, and improved financial education for PVM students. To accomplish these goals, Hardy will collaborate closely with students, faculty and staff in our PVM program – as well as other colleagues in our college and across campus.
Hardy is well-qualified to oversee PVM Student Services: She has gained notable administrative and financial-management experience with the Flint Animal Cancer Center, which is housed in the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and has served for nearly six years as co-director of the MBA/DVM Combined Program, working closely with the College of Business to develop and grow the program. Among other classes, she has coordinated and taught VM 712, Professional Development and Practice Management, a course that provides a natural foundation for PVM Student Services; has chaired the MBA/DVM Admissions Committee; and has served on the PVM Admissions Committee.
Hardy received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University; her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; her Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University; and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from CSU. She is a licensed veterinarian, a certified veterinary acupuncturist, and has experience in veterinary private practice, human-health education and international wildlife conservation.