Recognition Awards

Other Distinguished Faculty Awards

  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2019

    Dr. Leslie Sprunger, Darrell Nelson, Dr. Steve Lampa and Dr. Lane Wallet at AAVA Conference in Banff AlbertaDr. Leslie Sprunger (far left) was named the AAVA's (American Association of Veterinary Anatomists) Distinguished Veterinary Anatomist at their Biennial International Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, on July 28, 2019.  Also attending from WSU CVM were Darrell Nelson, Dr. Steve Lampa, and Dr. Lane Wallet.

  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2018

    Steven Parish and a CowCongratulations to Dr. Steven Parish, '73 DVM who received the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Steven Parish served as a liaison between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences, in which he was instrumental in providing top-quality veterinary support for the WSU Knott Dairy Center, Ensminger Beef Cattle Center, Swine Center, and Cattle Lab.

    Dr. Parich played a vital role as a faculty member in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, including the 17 years he served as the head of Food ANimal CLinical Services.

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  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2016

    Cynthia Faux

    Cynthia Faux will receive the 2016 Libraries’ Excellence Award during a 2 p.m. reception Thursday, May 5, in the Terrell Library atrium at Washington State University.

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    Samantha Gizarian

    Neuroscience undergraduate advisor, Dr. Samantha Gizerian, has received the Outstanding Advising Award in the Faculty Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association. This is a national award and an immense honor.


    Dr Ilia Karatsoreos

    Congratulations to Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, for being selected as this year’s recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding early career faculty who are already establishing themselves as innovators and leaders in their chosen fields. Dr. Karatsoreos was recognized for his pioneering work on circadian rhythms, sleep, and stress.

    The award was presented by Dean Bryan Slinker (left).



    Kelly A. Brayton has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a professor of microbial genomics in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and in the Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU Pullman. Also affiliated with the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, she conducts research on livestock and zoonotic pathogens. She was elected for leadership that generated foundational genome information for important animal pathogens.


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2015

    Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno

    Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno

    Dr. Robert Mealey, Associate Dean for Research (left), presented the 2015 Dean's Award for Outstanding Research to Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno, Assistant Professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Dr. Aguilar-Carreno was recognized for his pioneering work on Nipah and Hendra virus entry.


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    William B. Davis, Phil Mixter and Mary Sanchez-Lanier, faculty in the School of Molecular Biosciences, have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award by the MSS Team Mentoring Faculty. Details


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2014

    Dr. John Oatley

    Dr. John Oatley

    Dean Bryan Slinker (left) and Dr. Rocky Bigbie, DVM from Zoetis (right) presented the 2014 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research to Jon Oatley, assistant professor in the School for Molecular Biosciences and director of the Center for Reproductive Biology.


    Dr. Don Knowles

    Don Knowles, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, who devised and confirmed efficacy of imidocarb dipropionate as a treatment that eliminates Theileria equi from horses infected with equine piroplasmosis, is the inaugural recipient of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Research Award. Read more


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2013

    Vicki Croft

    Vicki Croft, head of the Animal Health Library in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, recently received the Founders Award from the International Conference of Animal Health Specialists. Details



    Terry F. McElwain, associate director and professor, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and executive director, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has been promoted to regents professor. The promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service. Details


    Guy H. Palmer

    Guy H. Palmer, Regents professor and founding director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the 2013 Eminent Faculty Award from Washington State University during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 29, part of WSU's annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Details


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2012

    Drs. Richard DeBowes and Kathy Ruby

    Drs. Richard DeBowes and Kathy Ruby received the 2012 Best Educational Innovation Award for Veterinary Leadership Experience at the Banfield Industry Summit in Portland. Rick DeBowes, DVM, MS, DACVS, is the director of the Professional Life Skills Development Program and teaches veterinary students about leadership and communication. Details


    Guy H. Palmer

    Guy H. Palmer, director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, was named president of the 186-member Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS). WSAS provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy making and works to increase the role andvisibility of science in the state.


    Charles Leathers

    Charles Leathers was presented with the Harold W. Casey Award at the CL Davis Foundation reception on December 3 in Seattle. The Charles L. Davis Foundation is a publicly-supported foundation that is dedicated to the formal and informal study, and the teaching and practice of veterinary and comparative pathology. Each year the CL Davis Foundation honors one veterinary pathologist with its Harold W. Casey Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology.


    Mushtaq Memon

    Mushtaq Memon to receive a 2012 VEGA Alliance Service Award. Dr. Mustaq Memon was recruited in June 2010 for a short term volunteer assignment through ACDI/VOCA's Farmer to Farmer program to train host organizations on general farm veterinary practices and their beneficiaries on general livestock veterinary issues. Dr. Memon assisted Lebanon University in improving and expanding their existing small veterinary curriculum, and provided guidance on future veterinary program development. His recommendations included securing funding to expand the teaching and research center, and allowing for greater practical experience for the students.


    Don Knowles

    Don Knowles will be inducted in December into the Agricultural Research Service (of USDA) Science Hall of Fame. Don was selected "For innovative scientific leadership and research to solve serious problems in infectious animal diseases, creation of sustained research partnerships, and training of future agricultural scientists."


    Julie Stanton

    Julie Stanton, School of Molecular Bioscience, is 1 of 20 exemplary biologists chosen to participate in the Research Residency of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program seeks to improve undergraduate biology education based on evidence of student learning. Details


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2011

    Dale Hancock

    Dale Hancock receives the The Calvin W. Schwabe Award in Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. The Calvin W. Schwabe Award is presented annually by the AVEPM to honor lifetime achievement in veterinary epidemiology and preventive medicine.

    During his tenure at WSU, Dr. Hancock developed and led a pioneering research program in the field of pre-harvest food safety, especially focusing on Escherichia coli O157:H7. This research program defined many of the key epidemiologic features of that agent in diverse animal populations. His research has been guided by a healthy skepticism of magic bullets and a firm belief that the most useful interventions are based on logical modifications of management practices. His research, funded by >$12 million in grants as principal investigator, plus >$1.2 million as co-investigator, has thus far resulted in over 150 refereed manuscripts. Award Details


    Guy H. Palmer

    Guy H. Palmer, Regents professor and director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern, Switzerland, on Dec. 3. Details


    Dr.Tom Besser and  Dr. Nancy Magnuson

    Dr.Tom Besser, professor of veterinary microbiology and pathology, and Dr. Nancy Magnuson, professor of molecular biosciences, named AAAS Fellows.


    Dr. Ahmed Tibary

    Dr. Ahmed Tibary has been awarded Theriogenologist of the Year for 2011 by the American College of Theriogenology at the combined Society for Theriogenology/ACT annual conference.


    Dr. Leslie Sprunger

    At their recent national meeting in Ithaca, NY, Dr. Leslie Sprunger was recently named as President-Elect of the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists. Dr. Sprunger has previously served two terms as AAVA's membership secretary and treasurer.


    Gary Brown

    Dr. Gary Brown recognized by the AAC&U
    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has announced the appointment of Gary R. Brown, long time CVM partner, as senior fellow in the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment. Gary is an assessment consultant at WSU, working with colleges and academic departments on focused assessment projects, including the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was recognized by the AAC&U for his pioneering work at WSU in the area of outcomes assessments. For more please see WSU Today


    Vicki Croft

    Vicki Croft, Head of the Animal Health Library, has been recognized by the Medical Library Association (MLA) with the Daniel T. Richards Prize. The award is presented annually to an individual who has authored a work related to collections development in the health sciences. Vicki was selected due to her co-authorship of a paper entitled "Basic list of veterinary medical serials, third edition: using a decision matrix to update the core list of veterinary journals." Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2010 Oct 98(4), 282-292. Authors: Ugaz AG, Boyd CT, Croft VF, Carrigan E, & Anderson KM. The MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide.  For more on the MLA and D.T. Richards Prize: and


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2010

    Terry McElwain
    Raymond Reeves Michael Smerdon Warwick Bayly

    Three CVM faculty members and a former Dean of the CVM were elected from WSU as new Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2010. Nationally, only 503 scientists received this award last year. The new AAAS Fellows are (left to right) Terry McElwain, Raymond Reeves, Michael Smerdon and Provost Warwick Bayly.


    John Nilson

    John H. Nilson was awarded one of 11 annual Laureate Awards from the Endocrine Society.



    Dale Moore

    Dale Moore was presented with the Alpharma AABP Award of Excellence in service to the profession by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

    This award, established in 1989, is given annually. It consists of an appropriate ring and a commemorative plaque. Candidates for the award must be nominated from teaching, research, industry, and government areas. The nominees' professional activities must have had a consistent and direct influence on daily activities of veterinarians in bovine practice. More details


    David Prieur

    David Prieur, Chair and professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology received the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Michigan State University (MSU/CVM '66). The award was presented by Dean Christopher M. Brown of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University at the MSU CVM Commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2010.


    Mushtaq Memon

    Mushtaq Memon, an associate professor in WSU's Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department and the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health, is the first veterinarian to be selected as a Fulbright ambassador. Details


    Srikumaran (Sri) Subramaniam

    Srikumaran (Sri) Subramaniam of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) was recognized at the Wild Sheep Foundation Convention on March 3 in Reno, and presented with the "Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award" by WSF Director of Operations Neil Thagard.


    James M. Krueger

    Regents Professor James M. Krueger will receive the 2010 Eminent Faculty Award from Washington State University. A neuroscience professor in Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, he will be honored during the annual Showcase celebration March 26. More Details


  • Other Distinguished Faculty Awards 2009

    Guy H. Palmer

    Dr. Guy H. Palmer, Washington State University Regent's Professor of pathology and director of WSU's School for Global Animal Health, has been awarded $3.4 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    The funding comes in the form of a highly competitive MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award through the NIH's Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More Details


    Dr. Douglas R. Call

    Dr. Douglas R. Call, associate professor in WSU's Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department, is the first recipient of the Caroline Engle Distinguished Professor in Research on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Call's distinguished professorship will span four years.

    "It's always an honor when colleagues recognize the value of our work," says Dr. Call, a molecular epidemiologist who specializes in antibiotic resistance research. "Our lab will use the awarded funds to conduct pilot studies and to support graduate education and recruitment."

    Dr. Call is a nationally recognized scholar who, in addition to his work on antibiotic resistance, has an active research program in food and water-borne diseases and salmonid aquaculture. More Details


    Dr. Terry McElwain

    Dr. Terry McElwain, a professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM). Election to this prestigious body is one of the highest honors for those in biomedical research and human health care. More


    Dr. Richard M. DeBowes

    Dr. Richard M. DeBowes (DVM Illinois '79, MS WSU '82) was presented with the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award on September 10, 2009. Dr. Richard DeBowes, professor and associate dean of veterinary development and external relations at Washington State University, received the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his dedicated to promoting leadership in the veterinary profession. Dr. DeBowes envisioned, developed and delivered, the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE), a national program to promote leadership development in hundreds of veterinary students and faculty from across North America, Australia, the UK and Europe. He has also led the development of pilot programs on leadership in veterinary medicine in both Australia and Western Europe and has presented these programs to practice groups to advance the practice of team drive and relationship-centered care.


    Dr. Debora Sellon

    Dr. Debora Sellon, professor of equine medicine, and associate dean of the Graduate School at WSU, has been named to the board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


    Dr. David Prieur

    Dr. David Prieur Receives the Dean's Team Player Award posted May 4, 2009

    The DEAN'S TEAM PLAYER AWARD is "given to an individual who has worked tirelessly to help colleagues to become more productive." This year I chose one of our three department chairs -- by far the longest serving department chair -- to receive this award; David Prieur, Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. This is a very successful department, and that success is in no small part due to Dr. Prieur's steady hand and advocacy all these years in making sure the departments needs were well met and that the faculty, staff, and students had the resources and systems in place to help them succeed. He has also tirelessly put forward his faculty and staff to make sure they receive the awards and recognition they deserve. Presented at the second annual Celebration of Excellence. See Dean's Blogfor more details.


    Dr. Rick DeBowes receives the Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice (VSIPP) Spirit of Excellence Award for VLE.

    Dr. Singh Dhillon receives the Pacific Ag and Poultry Association of the Pacific Northwest Poultry Scientist of the Year.

    Dr. Bob Schneider receives the Johnson & Johnson Elastikon Award for Research from the Grayson Jockey Club

    Instructors Earning Diplomate Status in 2009

    Dr. Stacey Byers - ACVIM, Large Animal
    Dr. Pilar LaFuente - ACVS, Small Animal
    Dr. Goeff Orbell - ACVP
    Dr. Mitch Powers - ACVS, Small Animal
    Dr. Erick Spencer - ACVIM, Small Animal
    Dr. Kathy Seino - ACVIM, Large Animal
    Dr. Sarah Sampson - ACVS, Large Animal
    Dr. Pilar LaFuente - ACVS, Small Animal

    The Washington State University Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) celebrated the excellence of faculty, staff, and students at its 2008 - 2009 awards ceremony April 9 at the Lewis Alumni Centre. The Honors College Faculty Thesis Advisor of the Year Award was presented to:

    Bo Herzog

    Krzysztof Czaja, assistant professor in IPN who was nominated by Honors student Bo Herzog.

    Brittany Navarre

    Rebecca Craft, professor in psychology & neuroscience graduate faculty member who was nominated by Honors student Brittany Navarre.

    Matt Grimes

    Guy Palmer, director of the School for Global Animal Health, and Regents Professor, who was nominated by Honors student Matt Grimesdetails

    The WSU Libraries Public Relations & Marketing Working Group is excited to announce the 2009 winner of the Library Excellence Award: Dr. Steven Hines of Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Nominated by Vicki Croft, Dr. Hines is a very strong supporter of the libraries between his collaborative participation with the Diagnostic Challenges program and the Animal Health Library and leadership roles within the AHL (formerly HSL). He has been active in participation with journal cancellation projects and to use Vicki's words: "Dr. Hines has contributed significantly to the Libraries by encouraging and promoting student library use and involvement in the library, and in making it a more pleasant and conducive place for veterinary and pharmacy students to study, collaborate and use library resources, both print and online."  The Library Excellence Award ceremony will be Monday, April 27th from 2:30 - 4pm in the Terrell Atrium.

    Dr. Wendy C. Brown

    Dr. Wendy C. Brown, professor in veterinary microbiology and pathology, has been awarded the honor of delivering the Distinguished Faculty Address for 2009.

    On the faculty since 1995, she and collaborators have developed the scientific basis for the eventual production of rationally designed and effective vaccines against diseases caused by protozoal and rickettsial infectious agents and have laid the foundation for extrapolation of these approaches to similar diseases of humans.

    In 2007, Brown was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow for her distinguished contributions to understanding T-lymphocyte responses to obligate intracellular tick-borne protozoal and rickettsial pathogens yielding vaccine candidates and novel mechanisms used to modulate host immunity. Details


    Dr. Terry F. McElwain

    Dr. Terry F. McElwain, professor, veterinary microbiology and pathology and School for Global Animal Health, has received the 2008-09 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Outreach and Engagement. On WSU faculty since 1989, McElwain became director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) in 1993. He played a vital role in the formation of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and has reached out to international audiences, in part as the U.S. representative to the World Animal Health Organization. Award Details


    Dr. Sue Ritter

    Dr. Sue Ritter, professor, veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology, has received the 2008 - 2009 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and Arts.

    A part of the WSU faculty since 1974, she is working on research important to the understanding of several aspects of human health, including obesity and diabetes.

    She has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for 31 of her 34 years at WSU, including a U56 grant. Award Details


    Dr. Clive Gay

    Dr. Clive Gay, professor emeritus of veterinary clinical sciences, has received the 2009 Washington State University Emeritus Society Excellence Award for outstanding contributions while in retirement to academia, the university, the community and mankind. Details


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