Donald J. Klingborg
Dr. Donald J. Klingborg received the DVM degree from UC Davis in 1972, and following an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University entered private mixed-animal clinical practice in Merced, California, where he practiced for 20 years.
Klingborg was the first veterinarian to participate in the California Ag Leadership program, a two year fellowship that took him to the inner cities of Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago, got him into the Supreme Court, Congressional offices, the Oval Office and on his first trip to Africa which included political meetings in South Africa. He was instrumental in the political process that brought the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory to the School and served on its advisory board until 1993.
Klingborg received a number of honors as a practitioner, including Agribusinessman of the Year for the City of Atwater and later the City and County of Merced, California; the Bovine Practitioner of the Year award by the American Association of Bovine Practitioner’s; and the school’s Alumni Achievement Award.
Klingborg was recruited to UC Davis in 1993 where he served as the Director of Veterinary Medicine Extension and Associate Dean of Public Programs. He oversaw the development of the Center for Continuing Professional Education, managed Veterinary Medicine News, and maintained the school’s relationships with organized veterinary medicine, the legislature and alumni.
Klingborg was course leader for a number of courses and was a guest lecturer in the DVM and MPVM programs, in the areas of veterinary business management, public policy, dairy production, and food animal pharmacy law. He created the profession’s first true leadership program; it ultimately evolved into the school’s doctoring course, which he led until 2010.
Klingborg served as a member and chair of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. He is a past chair of the National Academies of Practice, and was on the organizing committee and first science leader for education for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Foreign and Zoonotic Disease Defense. The California Veterinary Medical Association has honored him with three President’s Awards, Distinguished Life Membership and, in 2012, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Klingborg has ably represented the School to the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 1993 and was hired half time in 2009 to lead its strategic advocacy and county partnership programs as a member of the vice president’s cabinet.