One of the most prestigious awards made by Washington State University, College
of Veterinary Medicine is the John E. McCoy Award.
Whenever Dr. John E. McCoy's former students and colleagues get together, they
invariably reminisce of their former professor. They remember fondly those years
when he stood as one of the stalwarts of veterinary medicine at Washington State
University, especially since his tenure spanned two of the most trying periods
in the history of the college--the Great Depression and World War II.
One alumnus remembers Dr. McCoy's rare "feel" for animals: "Dr. McCoy could
tap the belly of a sick hog and tell you almost immediately what was wrong
simply by listening to the hog's squeal."
Graduating in 1909 from Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied
Sciences (now Kansas State University), Dr. McCoy practiced veterinary medicine
in Kansas and Idaho prior to joining the faculty of WSU in 1923. Except for a
three-year period (1933-1936), he was on the WSU faculty until he retired in
During his teaching career of 23 years at WSU, he served as Chair of the WSU
Veterinary Clinic, and immediately prior to his retirement he became Dean of the
college. Following Dr. McCoy's death in 1958, the John E. McCoy Endowment was
established in his name through private gifts received from faculty, alumni, and
friends. From this endowment the John E. McCoy Award is made to "an outstanding
worker in the field of clinical veterinary medicine."
It is several years since this award has been offered. In 2004 there are 2
awardees. Dr. Urs Giger from the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Rod Page
from Cornell University. Each recipient will visit WSU to receive his award and
to deliver a lecture to the college.
Dr. Sarah Cleaveland
From left: Guy Palmer, Sarah Cleaveland and Dean Slinker
Sarah Cleaveland is a veterinary epidemiologist and professor at the
University of Glasgow in the Institute for Biodiversity, Animal Health and
Comparative Medicine. Cleaveland's research focuses on diseases in East
Africa at the human-animal interface with both wildlife and domestic
animals. Her team works to identify animal reservoirs of infection, to
understand the risk factors of new and emerging infectious diseases, and to
understand the infection dynamics in linked human and animal populations.
Dr. Stephen J. Withrow
From left: Dean Slinker and Dr. Withrow
Dr. Withrow is a Professor of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Animal
Cancer Center at Colorado State University - College of Veterinary Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences. CSU awarded Dr. Withrow the University Distinguished
Professorship in 2004. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology).
Dr. Withrow graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and completed an
internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York
City. Postdocturate training in surgical oncology and musculoskeletal biology
occurred at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) and Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Withrow has been at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital
in Fort Collins, Colorado since 1978. He has received numerous teaching,
service and research awards, and is the author of over 250 scientific articles
and 1 textbook. His research interest includes multimodality treatment of
cancer in animals as a model for humans with cancer.
Dr. Withrow is the only veterinarian admitted as a member of the Musculoskeletal
Tumor Society. He is also the past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society
and is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Withrow was recently appointed Director for the new Colorado State
University Academic Cancer Supercluster™ and Chief Scientific Office of NeoTREX,
the enterprise arm of the Supercluster .
Dr. Urs Giger, Ph.D., DVM, MS, FVH,
Diplomate, ACVIM & ECVIM
Dr. Giger (left) award presentation by Dean Warwick M. Bayly
Dr. Giger, the Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine and chief of
the Section of Medical Genetics at the School, has a strong research program in
hereditary blood and metabolic diseases. His group has identified a number of
hereditary diseases in dogs and cats, developed many diagnostic hematologic,
biochemical and molecular tests for hereditary disorders. He also contributed to
the understanding of feline blood types to assure safe and effective
transfusions and to avoid hemolysis of the newborn in these species. Dr. Giger
served as a key member of a team that developed a test to identify carriers,
affected, and normal dogs for the disease cystinuria in Newfoundlands.
Dr. Urs Giger received his veterinary degree from the University of Zrich,
Switzerland. He currently heads up the Pediatrics and Genetics Clinic, the
NIH-supported Genetic Metabolic Testing Laboratory, the Josephine Deubler
Genetic Disease Testing Laboratory, and the Transfusion Medicine Program at the
University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giger's three major research areas, which by
nature overlap, are hereditary disorders, hematologic diseases, and transfusion
medicine in dogs and cats.
Dr. Urs Giger was presented the 2002 Scientific Achievement Award by the World
Small Animal Veterinary Association. at the organization's meeting in Granada,
Spain in October. The award is given annually to an outstanding veterinary
researcher for his/her lifetime scientific contributions to the health of small
2004 Dr. Rodney L. Page, MS, DVM, Diplomate, American
College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Page (left), award presentation by Dean Warwick M. Bayly
Dr. Page is a Professor at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine
and the founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer
Research and the Cornell University Comparative Cancer Program. He is a past
president of the Veterinary Cancer Society.
Dr. Page received his Masters from Georgetown University School of Medicine and
his veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He completed an internship
and Internal Medicine/Oncology Residency at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Page
is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in
both Internal Medicine and Oncology.
Dr. Page is a recipient of the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. He is the
author of Cornell University's Web Site for Cancer Management: CORE:
Comparative Oncology Resource
Spring 1999 - James Moore, DVM. Ph.D.
A double alumnus of the University of California, Davis, Dr. Moore earned his
Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in
1974 and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia
in 1980. Dr. Moore is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia. For the last 20 years, he
has been the world’s leading researcher in the area of equine endotoxemia and
its associated diseases. Because of the major role played by endotoxin in
determining the clinical outcome of cases of equine colic and laminitis, Dr.
Moore’s research efforts have directly contributed to the increased survival of
animals suffering from these problems. His studies have progressed logically
from those dealing with the clinical effects of endotoxemia, to evaluating the
efficacy of drugs which can blunt endotoxin’s effects and studying the effects
of endotoxin on the equine inflammatory/ immune system. Dr. Moore has authored
or co-authored >150 articles on these and related topics in the last 20 years.
In addition, he has organized the internationally recognized Colic Symposium at
the University of Georgia on a regular basis since 1982, and is the
co-author/editor of three widely used textbooks, including the renowned, "Equine
Medicine and Surgery." Dr. Moore served on the editorial board of the Journal of
Veterinary Medicine from 1986 to 1989, and has been the editor of the Equine
Section of the Compendium for Continuing Education since 1989. During his
academic career he has delivered more than 75 scientific presentations at
national and international meetings and has raised more than $2.1 million in
funded research grants and equipment funds. Since 1983, he has sat on the
graduate committees of 18 students. For his outstanding work in veterinary
clinical medicine, we welcome Dr. Moore as Washington State University’s College
of Veterinary Medicine 1999 recipient of the John E. McCoy Award.
Spring 1991 - George H. Stabenfeldt, DVM, Ph.D.
H. Stabenfeldt, Head of the Department of Reproduction at the School of
Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, has been selected to
receive the 1991 John E. McCoy Award from Washington State University’s College
of Veterinary Medicine. Born in Shelton, Washington, Stabenfeldt is one of the
world’s leading animal reproduction scientists. A triple alumnus of WSU,
Stabenfeldt holds a B.A. in biological sciences 1955, a D.V.M. degree 1956, and
an M.S. in pathology 1962. He also earned a Ph.D. in physiology from Oklahoma
State University in 1968. He has authored or coauthored over 150 scientific
publications and 24 book chapters Stabenfeldt’s research has been instrumental
in defining the mechanisms that control normal reproductive functions and has
helped explain reproductive dysfunction in domestic animals. "Dr. McCoy would
have been extremely proud of Dr. Stabenfeldt," said John Gorham, USDA research
leader and professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.
Gorham was a member of the founding committee for the McCoy award. "One of Dr.
McCoy’s great clinical passions was reproductive disorders and Stabenfeldt is a
leader in that area." Stabenfeldt is a member of the American Veterinary Medical
Association, the American Physiological Society, and the Crimson Circle and
several other research societies. He has served as consultant to several
international organizations (e.g. FAO) and on the editorial boards of several
national and international scientific publications.
Spring 1989 - James A. Henderson, M.S., DVM
A Canadian by birth, Dr. Henderson has spent his entire professional career
in clinical veterinary medicine in Canada and in this country. As a farm boy
from Manitoba, his main interests, according to his own description, were
"baseball and draft horses." Following his graduation from the Ontario
Veterinary College in 1939, he took an M.S. degree from Cornell University. He
remained in the northeast to be the director of the first cooperative artificial
insemination center in North America. From there he joined the faculty of the
University of Illinois where, in his words, "my duties included everything from
clinical work in the university’s flocks and herds to post-mortem room operator
and lecturer on poultry diseases to unsuspecting farmers." During World War II,
he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, beginning as a navigator and
eventually being assigned to Cambridge University to advise that institution on
their artificial insemination program. Following the war, Dr. Henderson returned
to Illinois for a brief period before moving on to the faculty at Ontario
Veterinary College. He remained there for 17 years, the last 13 of which he
served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Surgery. During this time
he collaborated with D. C. Blood to write the book Veterinary Medicine, now in
its seventh edition. Few veterinary students complete their DVM education
without having become acquainted with this well-known work. In 1963, Dr.
Henderson again immigrated to the United States to become the Dean of the
College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, a post which he
retained until 1973. Leaving WSU, he retired to his native Canada. In his words:
"Since then I have devoted my talents to gardening, chopping wood, fishing, clam
digging, looking after a small stud of Norwegian fjord horses, and watching with
hope, but small confidence, the Mariners and Seahawks on TV."
Fall 1987 - Robert L. Hamlin, DVM, PhD
Dr. Hamlin at right with Dr. Robert Wilson
Dr. Robert Hamlin is a charter member of the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine and stands as one of the foremost veterinary cardiologists in
the world. Receiving both his DVM degree (1958) and his PhD degree (1962) from
The Ohio State University, he has retained his connection with that institution
as a member of the faculty since 1960. Currently, he is full professor in the
Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at The Ohio State
University. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers in the fields of
electrocardiography, heart failure, drug therapy of heart failure, and basic
cardiovascular and respiratory physiology. Currently, he is a member of the
editorial board for three veterinary journals, a physiology journal, and one
human cardiology journal. As one of the leading authorities in his chosen field,
he is consultant for at least 10 agencies and companies at the present time. In
addition to his exceptional academic qualifications, Dr. Hamlin has broad
clinical experience. As board certified in cardiology and in internal medicine,
he serves in the university veterinary clinic at The Ohio State University.
Because of his entertaining and informative approach as a speaker, he is
frequently called on for programs at institutions and organizations from around
the world to present topics in his chosen field. His remarkable background in
both academic and clinical medicine gives him a unique insight into the problems
faced by the veterinary practitioner.
Fall 1978 - Alan Klide
Fall 1976 - Harold Warsinski
Fall 1974 -
Hugh Butler and Loren Evans
Fall 1971 - Ray Bradbury
Fall 1970 - George Muller
Fall 1969 - James Archibald
Fall 1967 - William McGee
Fall 1963 - Sten-Erik Olsson
Fall 1961 - Myron Thom