It's doubtful if Bambi or Dumbo will be part of his new patient list, but former Walt Disney Co. animal operations director Mark Stetter is the new dean of Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences College.
Stetter worked for 23 years as a veterinarian, joining CSU from Disney this June.
At Disney, he oversaw the health and daily care of several thousand animals for the company's programs and parks around the world and managed a team of more than 500, including veterinarians, curators, zookeepers and aquarists. He also helped run the company's international wildlife research and conservation program.
He was involved with supporting animal and wildlife research efforts and developed and chaired Disney's Animal Care and Welfare Committee, which evaluated wildlife situations for the firm and ensured research with integrity and responsibility, he notes.
Stetter worked with media outlets under Disney, including ESPN, Disney Studios, and ABC, to ensure the appropriate use of animals in their productions. He also serves as chair of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Research Committee and formerly chaired the Morris Animal Foundation's Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board, and was an executive member of the American College of Zoological Medicine board.
He is president and founder of The Elephant Management Program, which helps African countries address biodiversity issues associated with elephant overpopulation while assisting in wildlife conservation.
Before joining Disney in 1997, he was a veterinarian with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Animal Health Center in several New York facilities including the Bronx and Central Park zoos and New York Aquarium.
He directed the Animal Health Care Center at the Audubon Institute's Zoological Garden in New Orleans.
"I cannot tell you how honored and excited I am to have been selected as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences," he says. "The college does so many incredible things to help animals, help people and help the planet. I look forward to joining the CSU team and helping the college achieve even more great things."