Bennie I. Osburn, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected as a Distinguished Member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).
Distinguished Members are selected by their peers for contributing in an exemplary manner to the discipline of veterinary pathology.
The College recognized that Osburn's research into the pathology of ruminant viruses, including the Bluetongue virus, led to pivotal discoveries about the development of the fetal immune response. His research holds implications for vaccine development and the setting of international trade standards based on the prevalence of infectious disease agents in geographical regions.
The ACVP noted Osburn's service to the profession through involvement in the American Veterinary Medical Association and other professional organizations. He currently serves as president of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. His guidance as dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the nation's largest veterinary school, was also cited as an accomplishment.
According to its Web site, "The American College of Veterinary Pathologists is an international organization for those specializing in veterinary and comparative pathology. The College was incorporated in 1949 with the objectives to further scientific progress in veterinary pathology; to establish standards of training, experience, and examinations for qualification as specialists in veterinary pathology; and to further the recognition of such qualified specialists by certification and other means."
Osburn is one of only 28 individuals selected for distinguished membership in the more than 50-year history of the organization. Emeritus faculty members Donald R. Cordy (deceased) and Peter C. Kennedy, both pioneers in the field, also received Distinguished Membership distinction from the ACVP.
Media contact: Lynn Narlesky, Communications, (530) 752-5257