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School Bids Six Retiring Faculty Members Farewell

June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012

The School of Veterinary Medicine community offers its farewells and thanks to six faculty members who retire this year. These individuals have embodied excellence in teaching, dedication to academic veterinary medicine and scholarly research accomplishments that are hallmarks of the school.

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Tim Carpenter

Dr. Tim Carpenter earned dual masters degrees, Avian Sciences ('74) and Agricultural Economics ('78), and his Ph.D. in Medical Ecology ('79) from the University of California at Davis, and joined the ranks of the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine that same year.  In his 33-year career on the faculty he has been an engaging mentor of more than 50 professional and graduate students and was the original Chair of the Graduate Group in Epidemiology and served as Director of the MPVM program.

Carpenter is recognized for his "avant-garde" work in epidemiologic methods. He created and taught for several years the first courses offered in animal health economics, spatial epidemiology, epidemiologic modeling and health and ecologic risk analysis. His disease work ranged from anaplasmosis to plague and included research that aided decision makers on topics such as disease control planning for an incursion of foot-and-mouth disease, designing surveillance systems for the detection of avian influenza in poultry and abortion storms in cattle. His most recent work has focused on wildlife diseases and the wildlife-livestock disease interface including toxoplasmosis in sea otters, avian influenza in wild birds and poultry, pneumonia in bighorn sheep, and brucellosis in bison, elk and cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

As co-director of the school's Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) Carpenter and the center’s team develop systems that can be used to prevent, control, or eradicate animal diseases and their associated adverse economic impacts. CADMS serves as a core research program to provide a focus for all faculty interested in animal disease modeling including mathematical and simulation modeling and risk analysis and surveillance research.

Carpenter has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, was co-creator of the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, has been an active editor and journal reviewer, and member and leader of multiple scientific societies.  He currently resides in New Zealand where he hold the Gilruth Chair of Animal Health and Director of the EpiCentre, leading a group of 7 veterinary epidemiologists, at Massey University.


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Ian Gardner

Dr. Ian Gardner is a graduate of Sydney University (B.V.Sc.; '75).  He served as a veterinary officer with the Department of Agriculture in New South Wales, Australia, prior to coming to Davis to complete his Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine ('84) and earn a Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology ('87).  Gardner was a postgraduate researcher and briefly worked with the Department of Agriculture in NSW, before joining the faculty in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in 1988.

Gardner established himself as an internationally renowned veterinary epidemiologist with special interest in the methodology of test design and its application to naturally occurring diseases of animal populations. Gardner has a strong voice in the national Johne’s Disease Integrated Project and his methodological approaches are incorporated into the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals. For the decade 1994 to 2004 he was one of the twenty most cited authors in veterinary medicine and his research contributions were honored by international competitive selection in 2004 for the New South Wales Expatriate Research Award.

Gardner is a recipient of the school’s Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his superb contributions to graduate teaching in epidemiology. Over the years he has had a continuous number of publications in highly esteemed and international peer reviewed journals, in addition to a number of comprehensive book chapters.

Gardner served as Director of the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program in addition to continual service as a graduate advisor in the Graduate Group in Epidemiology. He also served as President of the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease, and has held a leadership role in the International Research Center for Veterinary Epidemiology. State and federal agencies seek his livestock health and quantitative expertise and advice related to international disease control regulations. Dr. Gardner was an invited guest editor, along with Dr. Matthias Greiner, of a special edition of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, a testament to his international recognition as a highly knowledgeable scholar in veterinary epidemiology.


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Peter J. Ihrke

Dr. Peter J. Ihrke earned his VMD ('72) and completed a Residency in Dermatology ('74) at the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (dermatology) and then became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).  He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1977 in the Dermatology Service and holds an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology position at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ihrke is an internationally recognized expert in the arena of veterinary dermatology.  The dermatologists he has trained have become major contributors to the specialty all over the world.  His research has focused on all skin diseases in all species with emphasis on infectious and immunologic skin diseases.

Ihrke is the author or co-author of over 200 papers, book chapters, and proceedings and has authored or co-authored four books.  He is co-author of Veterinary Dermatopathology, a Macroscopic and Microscopic Evaluation of Canine and Feline Skin Diseases, one of the premier reference books for veterinary dermatopathology.  He has lectured at 41 veterinary schools, six medical schools, and over 500 veterinary meetings, including 18 world congresses and 127 additional international veterinary meetings in 42 countries.

Ihrke has served as president of all three of the North American organizations of veterinary dermatologists and allergists:  the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and the Academic of Veterinary Allergy. Currently, he is president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).  He has previously served as president and on the executive of the 4th World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, and the American Board of Veterinary Specialties.

His honors include the school’s Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award, the American Animal Hospital Association Veterinarian of the Year Award, Honorary Life Member in the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology, three school-wide student teaching awards, the ACVD Award for Excellence, and the WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award.  He is an Honorary Foundation Diplomate in the Asian College of Veterinary Dermatology.

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Mark D. Kittleson

Dr. Mark D. Kittleson graduated from the University of Minnesota (DVM, '74) and after spending two years in small animal practice went to Kansas State University to complete his residency training and obtain his master’s degree. He went on to the Ohio State University to obtain his Ph.D. ('82) and then spent four years on the faculty at Michigan State University.  He joined our faculty in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology in 1984.  During the course of his tenure here he has been an innovative teacher and mentor of veterinary students and served a number of years as Chief of the Veterinary Cardiology Service

His research interests include feline and canine cardiomyopathies and the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure.  Kittleson is the co-discoverer of taurine deficiency as the cause of dilated cardiomyopathy in cats and was the first to co-discover a mutational cause of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats. He received the Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award in 1989 for his work with taurine.

Kittleson is the primary author of the textbook Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine. He has published extensively in the field of veterinary cardiology, authoring more than 90 scientific publications and more than 30 book chapters. He has also been the primary speaker at veterinary meetings numerous times worldwide. Kittleson is board certified in Cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and has been President of the Specialty of Cardiology of ACVIM and Chairman of the Board of Regents of ACVIM.  He also served as associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Kittleson is the Chief Consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) for Cardiology.

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Linda Lowenstine

Dr. Linda Lowenstine, an alumna of Stanford University, earned her DVM ('73) from Davis. She was also an NIH Trainee in Comparative Pathology at Harvard Medical School and then a NIH Trainee in Environmental Pathology at UC Davis in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI).  She was a postgraduate research pathologist at the California National Primate and Research Center and earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology shortly after becoming a member of the faculty of PMI in 1981.

Lowenstine is a dedicated student mentor and is passionate about training the next generation of pathologists.  She is a world renowned pathologist, well recognized for her expertise in wildlife pathology. This is highlighted by the two awards she received: the Duane E. Ullrey Achievement Award for contributions to the science of wild animal health and service to the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

She played key roles in the recognition of the pathology and pathogenesis of the two retroviruses, SIV and SRV, that cause AIDS-like disease in nonhuman primates; in identifying the diseases that cause stranding of pinnipeds and sea otters on the California coast; and in recognizing that heart disease is a major cause of mortality of all the great apes in captivity. She is a founding member of the Great Ape Heart Project, and provided pathology support and training for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, now known as Gorilla Doctors.

Lowenstine is a Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Pathology and a member of the Phi Zeta and Phi Kappa Phi societies. She has served as chair of the school’s Faculty Personnel Committee and continues to serve on a variety of committees and advisory councils for her professional organizations.  She serves as the pathology advisor for the Ape Taxon Advisory Group (ApeTAG), part of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She also serves as pathologist and member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Mountain Gorilla One Health Program. During her career at Davis she spent two years on leave at the San Diego Zoo as director of pathology.  She is an appointed Fellow of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

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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.