Congratulations to our 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.
- Dr. Gary L. Cook (’71 DVM) – Excellence in Practice
- Dr. Roger A. Renne (’66 DVM) – Excellence in Teaching and Research
- Dr. Robert B. Wilson (’61 DVM) – Excellence in Teaching and Research
Dr. Gary L. Cook (’71 DVM)
Excellence in Practice
Cook has been practicing veterinary medicine for 43 years. He worked for the state of Nevada for two years and then moved to his hometown of Bozeman, Montana, where he practiced as a mixed-animal veterinarian for nine years. In 1982, he opened his own practice, All-West Veterinary Hospital (now seven doctors for large and small animals), where he practices equine medicine. His philosophy is that hard work, being early, working at the highest level of expertise, and compassionate care are the most basic qualities that apply to all of life. He looks forward to work every day and learning new techniques that will increase his ability to provide the highest-quality care.
Cook has been a member of the Montana and American Veterinary Medicine Associations and the American Association of Equine Practitioners since 1971. He has volunteered as the Montana State University Rodeo Team veterinarian for the past 41 years and was the veterinarian for the College National Finals Rodeo for 16 years while it was in Bozeman. He provides hours of volunteer work for 4-H and speaks at numerous equine-related group conferences and events. For the past 34 years, he has also been a veterinarian for the Tevis Cup Western States 100 Mile Ride and was invited to vet the Tom Quilty Championship Endurance Ride in Australia in 2013.
Dr. Roger A. Renne (’66 DVM)
Excellence in Teaching and Research
Renne, board-certified in anatomic pathology since 1973, devoted more than 40 years of his career to toxicology and veterinary pathology. After serving in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps from 1968-74, Renne was a staff pathologist at Experimental Pathology Laboratories in Herndon, Virginia, where he served as a consultant to the Tumor Pathology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He joined Battelle Memorial Institute’s Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Washington, in 1976 and was the group leader for pathology from 1980-94 and toxicology department manager from 1994-96. He served as the staff pathologist for the Pathology Technical Group of Battelle from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. After his retirement, Renne started Roger Renne ToxPath Consulting, Inc., a consultant practice in toxicologic pathology in Sumner, Washington. Renne is a member of the Society of Toxicology and was a charter member of the Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He also is a member of the American College of Toxicology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology. He served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology.
Dr. Robert B. Wilson (’61 DVM)
Excellence in Teaching and Research
Wilson received a B.S. from Utah State University; DVM, with Highest Honors from Washington State University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has held faculty positions at six universities, served as a visiting professor/scientist at six universities, and is a long-time affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s Departments of Pathology and Oral Biology. He served as chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (1976-83) and as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (1983-88) at Washington State University. Wilson received nine awards for excellence in teaching in his 31 years of instructing veterinary, pharmacy, medical, dental, and graduate students. His research focused on the interaction of nutrition and disease and animal models of human disease. He held numerous consultancies in government and industry and served four years as a member of the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Institutes of Health.