1985 Recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award

Ronald D. Hunt, DVM '59

Ronald Hunt

Ronald Hunt

Hunt, a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, is director for the New England Regional Primate Research Center and director of the Animal Resources Center of the Harvard Medical School, one of the largest medical school animal facilities in the United States. He is also professor of comparative pathology, one of the few veterinarians to reach this academic level at Harvard University
In announcing the award, Edward A. Rhode, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, remarked that Dr. Hunt is internationally recognized for his numerous original research contributions. "For example ," Rhode pointed out, "Dr. Hunt's discoveries in vitamin D2 and D3 in monkeys and encephalitozoonosis have led to many improvements in animal health." Hunt was also the first to describe Herpesvirus T and. simplex as important diseases of new world monkeys and was the first to demonstrate that a herpesvirus caused tumors in a mammalian species. This discovery provided an important oncogenic virus model which is now used throughout the world.
Following graduation with the highest honors from Davis, Hunt served to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Research Laboratory in Denver, CO, before completing the qualifying examination for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. In 1963, he established what is believed to be the first animal diagnostic laboratory at a major medical school, Harvard University.
Hunt is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for Experimental Pathology, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the International Primatological Society. He received the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science Research Award on three occasions -- in 1967, 1969, and in 1973. In 1983, he was awarded the Charles River Prize of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Hunt is co-author of the text, Veterinary Pathology, with Dr. T.C. Jones which is now in its fifth edition. In addition, he serves as consulting editor of several professional journals.