Dr. Pierce Selected as Assistant Dean of Student Success at LMU-CVM

Dr. Bess Pierce

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) Vice President and Dean Jason Johnson, DVM, has appointed Dr. Bess Pierce as the assistant dean of student success. Pierce has served as associate professor of small animal medicine at LMU-CVM since 2016.


“Dr. Pierce brings to the position a passion and vision for teaching, mentoring and supporting students in preparing them to excel as future veterinary professionals,” Johnson said. “I am confident that she will advance our mission by providing outstanding service, programs and success to our students.”


Her extensive background in veterinary clinical practice, academia and military veterinary medicine qualifies her for role. Prior to joining the faculty at LMU-CVM, she served as the director of the Center for Animal Human Relationships at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where she developed the clinical Community Practice Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She was appointed in 2017 as adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Penn Vet Working Dog Center and has served for more than 27 years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, both in the active and reserve components.


Pierce is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been honored for her excellence in service, teaching and program development as the 2018 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher at LMU-CVM, the 2015 AVMA Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year and as the recipient of six Meritorious Service Medals awarded by the US Army Medical Command.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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