It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Dr. Leroy Dorminy, the CVM Director Emeritus.
Dr. Dorminy was surrounded by his family as he passed away on Saturday evening, December 3 at the age of 93. He was also covered by the prayers of many in the CVM family as we have loved and appreciated his faithfulness to God’s call on his life, and the hard work to start Christian Veterinary Mission.
Dr. Dorminy served faithfully to challenge, mobilize, and empower veterinarians in their Christian faith since the founding of CVM just over 40 years ago. We know that many of you will want to share your thoughts, and remember such a beloved servant, so we have created a memorial page in Dr. Dorminy’s honour (at cvmusa.org). We pray that these words will be an encouragement to all who knew him, as together we mourn our loss, and help inspire those who did not have the blessing of meeting him in person.
May we each consider how God is asking us to live our faith through the profession, and follow Dr. Dorminy’s example of serving Christ with our whole heart and being!
Kit Flowers Executive Director of CVM
Where do you work and how did you come to be there?
Hong Kong City University School of Veterinary Medicine. I used to work in HK government and due to my experience and large animal background I could help set up one part of the school here. We take our first students in autumn 2017
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What are the biggest cultural differences/challenges you come across?
It really is East meets West which means fortunately that Chinese, Caucasian, Indian, etc. can quite often laugh with others outside their type at their group’s own stereotypes and how close they conform to it. But the differences are real. Caucasians are usually more adventurous and less conforming to norms. I find the unwillingness to be flexible often annoying if time is short. With time you can make anyone understand and usually agree with you. Many meetings are, by UK standards, very poorly conducted, some of this being cultural, deferring to the boss and not willing to express an opinion. They are also pretty poor time keepers, late to meetings, late to cinema, late to concerts. Fortunately, I now know quite a lot of Cantonese so I understand a bit about this.