SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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Hee Jong Woo

A warm welcome to all visitors to Seoul National University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

In the 21st century industrial society backed by neoliberalism and technology, the value of life and ecological thought can not be overemphasized. The development of biotechnology, such as genetic scissors and synthetic biology, along with Big Data, has made it possible for humans to directly intervene in the phenomenon of life, and it is also a time when approaches and discussions on various levels of life are required.

Life, a life form, can be defined through the ordinary life. College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, aims to achieve a healthy and happy life for animals. We try to treat sick and ill animals and at the same time give people a healthy ecological environment. Although life forms exist in different ways in society and ecosystems, companion, wildlife and industrial animals are not merely objects. We carry out animal medicine and related research for the culture and society that are respected as living things to see, hear and feel.

The College of Veterinary Medicine in the roles of education, research, and social contribution has been involved in positive as well as negative impacts of the development of life sciences in Korea. Now, we are expanding the veterinary hospitals and the education programs for the certification of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to realize the 2020 Vision of Veterinary Medicine beyond the old system of the college. We are also organizing a wildlife rescue center (Seoul Wildlife Center) in cooperation with Seoul City. In addition to the BK21 Plus project, we aim to become a veterinary college that contributes more to society by providing professional graduates with bioethics.

To cope with the repeated epidemics of diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza spreading to social disasters, the inter-Korean veterinary cooperation system between South and North will be made in close cooperation with the government in preparation for the unification era. College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, will continue to strive for the health of animals and people in Korea.

March, 2017
Prof., Hee Jong Woo, DVM, Ph.D
Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine

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