Henry John Baker, DVM

Recipient: AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award 2014

Dr. Henry John Baker, Recipient of the 2014 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award (photo courtesy of Sarah Blodgett Photography)

Dr. Henry Baker, Professor Emeritus of Pathobiology at Auburn University, was recognized by the 2014 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award at the Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium in Ithaca, NY, in August 2014. Dr. Baker, honored for over 20 years of research into the pathogenesis of neurologic dysfunction associated with inherited lysosomal diseases, described how he and his graduate students used understanding of comparative medicine as a basis for successful research. During his presentation, he related to the veterinary student research scholars in the audience that "research is not an alternative career for a veterinarian; selling insurance is" and emphasized that "research is the backbone of the veterinary profession; without it we would just be a trade".