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Veterinary Medicine

Respected collaborator joins leadership in Department of Clinical Sciences

September 23, 2013
by Coleman Cornelius

Dr. Wayne Jensen, formerly the chief scientific officer for Morris Animal Foundation, joined the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Sept. 2 as associate head of the Department of Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Wayne JensenJensen, a veterinarian with a master of business administration and a doctorate in pathology, has earned four academic degrees from Colorado State University and has a diverse background that includes academic, clinical, business, and leadership experience.

Working alongside Dr. Christopher Orton, department head, Jensen will play a key role in Department of Clinical Sciences’ fiscal management and in implementation of its strategic initiatives. The department has about 140 faculty and staff members, provides clinical staffing for the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and teaches students enrolled in CSU’s renowned Professional Veterinary Medicine Program.

Industry and academia

With a foot in both industry and academia, Jensen is a well-known and highly respected colleague for many people in the college and on campus. He is a collaborator with the Flint Animal Cancer Center in the groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, one of the college’s most prominent current research efforts, which will involve some 3,000 individual cases with a total project cost of more than $25 million. He has published dozens of papers in research journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and holds eight patents representing robust innovation, most recently for technology providing methods of detecting early renal disease in animals.

Jensen founded the nationally recognized Wellington Veterinary Clinic and has cultivated working relationships with academic, corporate, nonprofit, and government partners. This experience will be valuable to the Department of Clinical Sciences as it advances its research enterprise and actively cultivates new funding sources, Orton said.

In his role as chief scientific officer for Morris Animal Foundation, Jensen managed intramural and extramural research programs, the latter comprising about 250 research awards per year with an annual funding commitment of more than $10 million.

Honors and awards

He earned his bachelor’s degree and D.V.M. at CSU, followed by a Ph.D. from the CSU Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology and an M.B.A. from the CSU College of Business. For his work, Wayne has earned, among other honors, the 1989 National Institutes of Health Physician Scientist Award and the 2005 Leadership, Excellence, and Academic Distinction Award from the CSU College of Business.