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Friday, 05 February, 2016

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2016 Recognition Lecture Award

 Dr. Ralph Richardson

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2016
  – Former Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (KSU-CVM) Dean Dr. Ralph Richardson has been chosen to deliver the 2016 Recognition Lecture at the Association of American Veterinary Medical College’s (AAVMC’s) 2016 Annual Conference on Friday, March 4.

The Recognition Lecture is an annual honor presented by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession.

Dr. Richardson has provided almost 50 years of service in veterinary medicine, including 17 years as dean of the KSU-CVM before retiring this past summer. He is presently serving as interim dean and CEO of KSU’s Olathe campus.  

This year’s AAVMC conference, themed Fifty & Forward, is a special conference commemorating the association’s 50th anniversary. Dr. Richardson’s lecture, titled “Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future,” will identify opportunities that resulted from defining moments of his career. “My hope is that, by so-doing, I will encourage and assist others to pursue an equally exciting and rewarding career,” said Dr. Richardson, who also chairs the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

He will also identify key concerns for the future of academic veterinary medicine and possible ways to address those concerns.

Dr. Richardson is active in numerous academic, professional and scholarly societies. He is a double-boarded diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialties of internal medicine and oncology. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Cancer Society, and he was a founding board member of the Animal Health Corridor economic development organization, which spans a region from Columbia, Missouri, to Manhattan, Kansas, and serves as home to more than 300 companies in the animal health industry.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University before serving for two years as a captain in the Army's Veterinary Corps. After leaving the Army, he spent a year as an intern at Purdue University before joining the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1973 as a resident in the small animal internal medicine department.

He came to KSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, following one year of private practice and 22 years at Purdue University, where he was a professor and head of the clinical sciences department.

During his time at Purdue, Richardson developed an interest in human-animal comparative medicine, specifically the way naturally occurring cancer in companion animals could serve as animal models for human cancer treatments.  

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

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