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Veterinary Professor Earns Recognition in International Fish Health

October 1, 1998

The American Fisheries Society has given Ronald P. Hedrick, professor and aquaculturist, the S. F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award. Hedrick received the honor, a recognition of exceptional contributions to the advancement of fish health, at The International Symposium on Aquatic Animal Health held Aug. 30-Sep.3, 1998.

Hedrick, 48, is the youngest scientist to receive the award, which usually acknowledges lifelong career achievement. Hedrick, whose Ph.D. is in microbiology, has worked at UC Davis since 1982. His work as a fish pathologist has led to a better understanding of the ways that viruses, parasites such as the organism which causes Whirling disease, and other diseases affect wild fish populations, commercially farmed species, or ornamental fish such as koi.

The award committee also cited Hedrick as a mentor to colleagues and a guiding force in starting fish health programs around the world. He served as president of the fish health section of the society in 1988, participates on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and collaborates with public agencies and aquaculture specialists worldwide. As chief of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Fish Health Service, Hedrick oversees advanced veterinary diagnostic training, research projects and veterinary care of fish referred from around the state. The service also introduces veterinary students to common diseases, handling and care of ornamental fish which might be seen in a general small animal practice.

S.F. Snieszko, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee who died in 1984, shaped the modern fish health sciences. He applied microbiology techniques to the search for the causes and control of disease in fish populations. The S.F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award established in 1985 is the highest award given by the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, a worldwide organization representing over 10,000 fisheries managers and scientists.

For more information, contact: Ronald P. Hedrick, VM Department of Medicine and Epidemiology

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