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.
- 2020 – Santanu Bose, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
- 2018 – John Wyrick, School of Molecular Biosciences
- 2017 – Anthony Nicola, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
- 2016 – Bill Sischo, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
Dr. Sischo was recognized for his longstanding efforts directed at understanding the ecology of zoonotic and foodborne pathogens in animal production units with a particular focus on dairy beef and milk production.
- 2015 – Michael Court, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Dr. Court was recognized for his longstanding and ground-breaking research in veterinary pharmacogenomics, which includes his discovery of the mechanism of acetaminophen toxicity in cats.
- 2014 – Doug Call, Paul G. Allen School for Global Health
Dr. Call is a nationally recognized, award-winning scholar who has an active research program in food and water-borne diseases and salmonid aquaculture.
- 2012 – Katrina Mealey, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Dr. Mealey is recognized for her ongoing research in companion animal pharmacogenetics.
- 2011 – Michael Konkel, School of Molecular Biosciences
Dr. Konkel is recognized for his ongoing research on the pathogenesis and pre-harvest food safety with Campylobacter jejuni.
- 2010 – Kelly Brayton, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Brayton has been a leader in the infection biology of the tick-borne pathogen Anaplasma marginale.
- 2009 – David Rector, Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology
Dr. Rector has been a leader in developing novel approaches for collecting brain cell activity with minimally invasive techniques. He has applied these techniques to further the understanding of cortical states during sleep and wake, and in the function of the somatosensory cortex.
- 2008 – Kathryn Meurs, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
For outstanding research contributions in familial cardiac disease, particularly cardiomyopathies.
- 2007 – Dr. Bessner, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Microbiology
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.
- 2006 – Henk Granzier, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
Dr. Granzier’s leadership and collaboration with colleagues and other laboratories has resulted in a better understanding of muscle function from the molecular level through actual force and movement.
- 2005 – Larry Fox, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
For advancing understanding of mastitis.
- 2004 – Steve Hines, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
For his research on hemoparasites, and more recently, the neonatal immune response of foals to Rhodococcus equi.
- 2003 – Jim Krueger, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience
- 2002 – Clive Gay, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
through his leadership of the College’s Field Disease Investigation Unit has provided solutions for many important diseases of livestock. These solutions are the result of Dr. Gay’s efforts in connecting on farm disease investigations with the research laboratory.