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Klingborg Receives CVMA's Highest Honor

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Donald J. Klingborg, DVM

May 25, 2012

Editor's note: The following announcement is reprinted with the permission of the California Veterinary Medical Association, which first published the item in the May/June 2012 issue of California Veterinarian magazine.


Donald J. Klingborg, DVM, has received the California Veterinary Medical Association's highest honor, the
Lifetime Achievement Award.

The California Veterinary Medical Association has had an excellent partner in Dr. Klingborg – he has served on 18 CVMA committees or task forces, including the mentoring task force that developed the CVMA’s Mentoring Presentation Kit. He also helped develop the CVMA internship/residency program. Dr. Klingborg helped create the annual Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship program.  The groundbreaking “CVMA’s Eight Principles of Animal Care and Use” was developed by the Animal Welfare Committee that Dr. Klingborg co-chaired. He served in the CVMA House of Delegates for six years as the UC Davis representative, and was chair of the House for two years.

Dr. Donald Klingborg has contributed to California veterinary medical education, public health, leadership, and mentoring since graduating from UC Davis in 1972. He is a CVMA Distinguished Life Member and a three-time recipient of the CVMA President’s Award. A former dairy veterinarian and a current Cooperative Extension and academic veterinarian, he has also been part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine leadership team for 20 years. At UC Davis he is the Associate Dean for Veterinary Medicine Extension, the Director of the School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Continuing Professional Education, and leads the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Strategic Advocacy & UC-County Partnerships.  Until recently, he was also Associate Dean. Dr. Klingborg has been a vocal advocate for veterinary school students, teaching and mentoring them, and encouraging them to become active members of the CVMA.

Dr. Klingborg has made myriad contributions to CVMA legislative and political action programs, acting as a key witness and advisor on state legislation related to veterinary medicine.  He has established close relationships with the legislators who have UC Davis within their legislative districts. As a state senator recently said, “In addition to hearing from the CVMA, I need to hear from Don.”

The CVMA is pleased to honor Dr. Klingborg for his lifetime service to California veterinarians, to organized veterinary medicine, to academic veterinary medicine, and to the CVMA. 

The CVMA honors individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond at the Pacific Veterinary Conference. The latest inductee into the California Animal Hall of Fame is also recognized.

Congratulations to the 2012 CVMA award winners! They illustrate the very best of the veterinary profession in California and the human-animal bond. Veterinarians may meet the award winners at the Pacific Veterinary Conference in San Francisco, June 28-July 1. Each winner will be honored during the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 29.