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Schurig Steps Down as Dean at VMRCVM

MVMA President Krista Evans, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, recognizes Dean Gerhardt Schurig (right) for his contributions to the veterinary profession in Maryland.

In January, Dr. Gerhardt Schurig announced that he would be stepping down as dean of the college having served in the role for nine years. Schurig, who joined the veterinary college faculty in 1978, will return to his previous faculty home in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and will teach courses in immunology and conduct research. The search for the next dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has concluded.

The MVMA recently honored Dean Schurig at the Summer Conference in Ocean City with a lifetime membership to the MVMA to thank him for his efforts to link the veterinary school and our organization. We thank Dean Schurig for his vision, and present his biography for review.

Dr. Gerhardt G. Schuring
Dr. Gerhardt G. Schurig is the dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor of immunology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology.

Schurig joined the college’s faculty in 1978 as assistant professor of veterinary science and moved through the ranks to become professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences in 1984. In 1987, he was named director of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, a position he held until 1994. In 1996, he assumed duties as director of the college’s International Program and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Veterinary Education in Management and Public Health. In 2001, he was named the college’s associate dean for research and graduate studies. In July 2003, he became interim director of the university’s new Institute for Biomedical and Public Health Sciences and in June 2004, he was appointed dean of the college.

Schurig is considered one of the world’s leading brucellosis researchers and he led a research effort that culminated in the development of the RB-51 brucellosis vaccine, which is now widely used around the world to control this zoonotic infectious disease.

Schurig, who holds three patents, has presented keynote talks and seminars throughout the world and has published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of numerous professional societies, among them the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, and the American Society for Microbiology, and has served on many national and international committees. He also has received a number of major teaching and research awards, including the 1986 Beecham Award for Research Excellence.

A native of Chile, Schurig studied chemical engineering for one year at the University of Concepcion before transferring to the University of Chile to major in veterinary medicine and earn his DVM degree. He conducted graduate work at Cornell University, where he earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in immunology and pathogenic bacteriology. He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech.

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