Robert Mealey

Robert Mealey

Professor & ChairVeterinary Clinical Sciences 509-335-0738    

I earned my DVM in 1990 from Colorado State University. Following a large animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Minnesota, I spent a year working as a track veterinarian for the Texas Racing Commission. I went on to a large animal (equine emphasis) internal medicine residency at Texas A&M, which I completed in 1995 with board certification in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After a year as a member of the equine clinical faculty at Texas A&M, I came to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) in 1996 as an equine medicine clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). During my 26-year WSU career in two different CVM departments, I earned a PhD (2001), maintained a research and teaching interest in equine infectious disease and immunology, and developed a strong interest in leadership. Before becoming VCS Chair in August 2020, I served as the CVM Associate Dean for Research, was a member of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy, served as Chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, and served as the CVM Interim Dean during the initial and most challenging phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am extremely happy and fortunate to be back in VCS as Chair, and excited to apply my leadership experience to continue the department’s upward trajectory. My highest priority is to ensure that we meet our shared mission with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to improve the health and well-being of all animals through excellence in medical care, training future veterinarians, and finding innovative ways to diagnose and treat disease.

Education

  • PhD, Washington State University, 2001
  • Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, Texas A&M University, 1992-1995
  • Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Minnesota, 1991
  • BS, Colorado State University, 1987 DVM, Colorado State University, 1990

Certifications

  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, (Diplomate ACVIM), large animal

Professional Service

  • Chair, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2020-Present
  • Interim Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2019-2020
  • Chair, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2017-2019
  • Director, Animal Health Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2015-2020
  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2015-2017

Honors and Awards

  • Robert B. McEachern Distinguished Professor of Equine Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2015-2019
  • Caroline Engle Distinguished Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, 2012-2015