London, England’s Royal Veterinary College (RVC), one of the most esteemed veterinary schools in the world, has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Michael Lairmore, the dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This honor was granted to Lairmore in recognition for his outstanding leadership in veterinary medicine and One Health, and was presented on May 1, 2019 in London during the RVC’s Annual Principal’s Dinner.
Professor Stuart Reid, Principal of the RVC, said of the award, “Recognizing Dr. Lairmore’s achievements, I am delighted to welcome him into the RVC community. His signal leadership and commitment to his discipline and the sector has been a benefit and stimulus to all of us who pursue excellence in advancing the health of animals, people and the environment.”
“I am humbled to receive this prestigious honor,” said Lairmore. “The RVC and UC Davis share a common mission of excellence in veterinary medicine, and to be an honorary fellow of the RVC solidifies our shared commitment to advance animal, human, and environmental health.”
The RVC’s Principal Professor Stuart Reid reflected on Lairmore’s contribution to science and the highest quality veterinary education at the dinner, which took place at the school’s Saddlers’ Hall. Under Lairmore, the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis has grown as a leader in developing new veterinary medical practices, fostered new discoveries in veterinary and human health, and produced graduates regarded as some of the best in the world. Through his leadership, the School has made major advances in student diversity, and he has significantly expanded the number of women in leadership positions.
Lairmore’s leading role in advancing innovative research to address important issues ranging from clinical veterinary medicine to public health was also mentioned. Professor Reid expressed particular admiration for Lairmore’s commitment to, and advocacy for, the One Health agenda which has seen the UC Davis One Health Institute become a leader in the international community and was the subject of a presentation by Lairmore to RVC during his visit.
Lairmore earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia before working as a dairy and small animal veterinarian. Following private practice, he completed a residency and PhD program in experimental pathology at Colorado State University at Fort Collins. He is board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology as well as veterinary virology and immunology. He is one of the few veterinarians elected as a Member of the National Academy of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and a board member of NIH’s Council of Councils.
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