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Cattlemen's Highest Award Goes to UC Davis Veterinary Dean

The California Cattlemen's Association has presented its highest honor to veterinarian and educator Bennie I. Osburn.

Osburn, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Gordon K. Van Vleck Memorial Award November 13 at an annual banquet of the California Cattlemen's Association and California CattleWomen, Inc.

According to Cattlemen's Association criteria, "The award is given to an individual who is not engaged in beef cattle production as a primary occupation, but to someone who has made significant contributions to the California beef cattle industry. Recipients may be allied industry leaders, government or university officials, legislators, or others."

Bennie I. Osburn serves as Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, a position he has held since 1996. He oversees the school's teaching, research and service programs, among them the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, Veterinary Medicine Extension, the Veterinary Medical Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, and the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.

In Osburn's scientific career, he has emphasized the health and welfare of food animals, particularly cattle and sheep. He has been involved in key discoveries about food animal viruses including the bluetongue virus and border disease virus, developmental immunology, congenital infections and food safety.