Dean's Message

Dear Future Colleagues,
I would like to welcome you to the community of the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Optometry. You have moved beyond your preparatory education to be a selected member of our group. The road to get here was very challenging. You have been through many tests, trials and decisions to earn this honor. 
Your acceptance into the University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Optometry signifies a great achievement for you, your family and significant others. I would encourage you that the challenge to be a successful optometric physician is a challenge more to yourself than to the process of earning a diploma.
The Kentucky College of Optometry is not the birth child of science alone. Our roots go much deeper. The health care we deliver in the mountains was first transported to these majestic hills by the early circuit riders of the Presbyterian Church. They brought not only healing but hope, inspiration and a deep love for our people. These are the values which encourage you to a very different education. I know you will be successful in everything you attempt here at the University of Pikeville. The success of your education will ultimately be found in the success of your growth as a person.

Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S. 

University of Pikeville
Vice President for Optometric Education
Founding Dean, Kentucky College of Optometry

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