September 15, 2014


 Meritorious Service Award goes to Klausner

​Posted Sept. 3, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey S. Klausner (Georgia ‘72) received the AVMA Meritorious Service Award on July 25 during the opening session of the AVMA Annual Convention for contributions to the profession through activities outside organized veterinary medicine and research.

As chief medical officer for Banfield Pet Hospital, Dr. Klausner provides strategic leadership to ensure quality medicine is delivered at all 850 Banfield hospitals in the United States. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was president of the Animal Medical Center in New York City before joining Banfield. 

Dr. Jeffrey S. Klausner (Photo by R. Scott Nolen)

Previously, Dr. Klausner spent 30 years at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor, became chair of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and served as dean for nine years. During his tenure as dean, the college began selecting students partially on the basis of nontechnical competencies and developed a dual-degree program for students to earn a veterinary degree and a master’s degree in public health.

Dr. Klausner also has contributed to organized veterinary medicine and research. His research interests have included prostatic neoplasia, immunoadsorption therapy in canine malignancy, transfusion medicine, and informatics. He has served on the board of the Minnesota VMA and on the AVMA Council on Research.