National and International Awards and Honors

The School’s faculty expertise is widely recognized by many professional, industry, scientific and academic organizations through a variety of distinguished awards.  We celebrate their contributions to the advancement of animal, human and environmental health and proudly list these in recognition of the hard work and commitment that lead to these honors.

Melissa Bain receives 2016 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award

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Dr. Bain with representatives of the Bustad award sponsoring organizations, Dr. Ron DeHaven of the AVMA and Dr. John Brooks of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation; Pet Partners is also a sponsor.

Dr. Melissa Bain, the Chief of Service of the Clinical Animal Behavior Service received the 2016 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award on January 7 during the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Bain was nominated by colleague, mentor, and previous Bustad award winner Dr. Benjamin L. Hart, distinguished professor emeritus at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  He recalled Dr. Bain as being particularly attuned to the strong attachment and interaction between her clients and patients. She believed that the field of clinical animal behavior was the closest recognized specialty in veterinary medicine that she could pursue relating to clinical medicine and the human-animal bond.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Leo K. Bustad, an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of human-animal interactions, and recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships.

Peter Barry elected as AAAS Fellow

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Dr. Peter Barry was honored in February 2016 for his election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the annual AAAS meeting in Washington D.C.  This honor is for his distinguished contributions to research and development of a vaccine for cytomegalovirus, or CMV, in humans, using the rhesus macaque as a model.

Dr. Barry has a joint appointment with the Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Medicine as a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the UC Davis Health System, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM), and a core scientist (and former director) at the California National Primate Research Center.

The AAAS membership elected 347 fellows this year, recognizing their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Richard Breitmeyer awarded USAHA Medal of Distinction

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Richard Breitmeyer receiving the USAHA’s Medal of Distinction from USAHA President Bruce King

Dr. Richard Breitmeyer, director of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, was awarded the United States Animal Health Association’s (USAHA) Medal of Distinction at their annual meeting, Oct. 22-28, 2015, in Providence, RI.

The USAHA Medal of Distinction is awarded annually to recognize one or more distinguished USAHA members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service, and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the association.

Prior to CAHFS, Breitmeyer served as California state veterinarian, In that role, he served at the executive level as the state, national and international representative on all animal health issues affecting California and the nation, and was the principal advisor to the agriculture secretary for all food safety and animal health issues affecting California.