Published on September 01, 2010
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Dr. Michael D. Kock

Dr. Terry K. Paik

Dr. Jeff W. Tyler

Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz

Dr. Constantin Genigeorgis

The University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine awarded its highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, to five graduates June 11.

Dr. Michael D. Kock (LON '76) of Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa, was recognized for contributions to wildlife health, conservation, and management in the United States and Africa.

Dr. Kock is a senior field veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society's Field Global Health Program, which is based in South Africa and takes him to projects throughout Africa. He obtained a master's of preventive veterinary medicine from the UC-Davis veterinary school in 1986.

He is involved in management, research, epidemiology, conservation medicine, and ecosystem health. His efforts with the Zimbabwe national parks to relocate and dehorn critically endangered black rhinoceros helped focus world attention on poaching and illegal horn trade.

Dr. Terry K. Paik (CAL '74) of El Cajon, Calif., was acknowledged for dedication to veterinary disaster preparedness and response and the relief of animal suffering.

He is the San Diego County veterinary disaster response coordinator and the disaster preparedness committee administrative officer of the California VMA.

In 2001, Dr. Paik traveled to the United Kingdom to assist the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. He also participated in disaster response after the World Trade Center attack in 2001 as well as hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. He assisted with animal evacuations during the San Diego firestorms of 2003 and 2007.

Dr. Jeff W. Tyler (MIN '81) was honored posthumously in recognition of outstanding contributions to global food animal medicine through teaching, research, and service.

Dr. Tyler, who died in 2009, was a professor, coordinator, and instructional leader in the food animal area at the University of Missouri-Columbus College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was instrumental in the development of its public health program. He also served as director of clinical research and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

At UC-Davis, he earned a master's of preventive veterinary medicine in 1985 and a doctorate in comparative pathology in 1989. Dr. Tyler served on the veterinary faculties at Auburn University, Washington State University, and Missouri.

Dr. Kenneth J. Drobatz (CAL '85) of Landsdowne, Pa., was recognized for his leadership in veterinary emergency service and critical care as well as his�dedication to teaching and inspiring students.

Dr. Drobatz is a professor and chief of critical care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is also director of the emergency service of the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital and associate chair for education in the Department of Clinical Studies in Philadelphia.

In these roles, he has contributed to the growth of the critical care specialty in veterinary practice. He has provided leading-edge training to veterinary students and specialists in the field.

Dr. Drobatz is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr. Constantin Genigeorgis (THE '57) of Sacramento, Calif., and Thessaloniki, Greece, was recognized for national and international contributions to veterinary medicine, food safety, and public health.

Dr. Genigeorgis is a professor emeritus with UC-Davis and the Aristotle University in Greece. He obtained master's and doctoral degrees, in 1963 and 1966 respectively, in comparative pathology from UC-Davis.

At UC-Davis, Dr. Genigeorgis served as a professor of food safety in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, retiring in 1991. While at UC-Davis, he developed many international professional collaborations, including his teaching programs at Aristotle University. He often consulted on food safety programs with Greece, the Pan American Health Organization, European Union food science organizations, and the World Health Organization.

He remains active in the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at UC-Davis, industry-based food safety training, and academic teaching and research at a number of Greek universities.