Zoetis Award for Research Excellence
The Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, established in 1985 is given to those faculty members who, through their dedication and investigation in research, are chosen from among their peers as an outstanding researcher in the field of veterinary medicine.
Zoetis Award for Research Excellence 2007
Dr. Thomas E. Besser
Dr. Besser was introduced by David Prieur and presented the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence plaque and check by Warwick Bayly on October 17, 2007. Jere Johnston of Zoetis attended the banquet.
Dr. Besser was recognized for his long-term studies on the microbiology, epidemiology, and ecology of bacteria important in human food safety with an emphasis on E. coli, multi-drug resistant Salmonella enterica, and Campylobacter. He has had a very productive and well-extramurally funded research program in his 17 years as a faculty member. He has a dual appointment in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and heads the NIH-funded Zoonosis Research Unit. He is a collaborative scientist and has published in concert with his collaborators over 130 scientific publications in high quality refereed journals.