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 Dr. Michael Lappin receives 2017 AVMA Clinical Research Award for Contributions to the Study of Infectious Disease

Dr. Michael LappinThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Michael Lappin recipient of its 2017 Clinical Research Award. The award is given annually in recognition of achievements in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of diseases in animals.

Dr. Lappin, who received the award at the Merial National Institute of Health's National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Bethesda, Md., was recognized for his contributions to the research of infectious and feline diseases.

"Dr. Lappin has dedicated his life's work to improving the well-being of pets and their owners," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president. "He exhibits an enormous amount of passion and commitment in treating disease and promoting the quality of life of all companion animals. He is also an important voice in the One Health community and leads by example in advocating for collaboration among human and animal practitioners. I congratulate Dr. Lappin on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank him for his many valuable contributions to the understanding, prevention and treatment of small animal infectious diseases.

Dr. Lappin earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and his PhD in Parasitology from the University of Georgia. He is internationally recognized for his achievements in the research of infectious diseases, vaccine-associated side effects, the upper respiratory disease complex and zoonoses of cats. He has authored over 280 peer-reviewed studies on these topics, as well as 275 research abstracts, and nearly 40 book chapters.

Dr. Lappin serves on a variety of industry committees and boards and has been the recipient of many awards, including the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA) International Award for Scientific Excellence, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's (ACVIM) Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence, the Winn Feline Foundation's Excellence in Feline Research Award and the European Society of Feline Medicine's International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine. He holds one U.S. patent for using recombinant antigens to determine the immune status of an animal and has secured over $2 million in funding for more than 50 research grants, post-doctoral fellows and service contracts.

Dr. Lappin currently serves as Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine and is Director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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