University of Wyoming Extension News

UW scientist, state’s veterinarian lauded for animal health efforts

Professor Donal O’Toole

A University of Wyoming professor and the Wyoming state veterinarian have received awards from national animal health organizations.

Professor Donal O’Toole in the Department of Veterinary Sciences received the Distinguished Career Service Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) at the association’s annual meeting Oct. 18-24 in Greensboro, N.C.

State veterinarian Jim Logan received the National Assembly Award from the U.S. Animal Health Association, which met jointly with the AAVLD. The National Assembly is the collaborative body of all U.S. state animal health officials, according to the USAHA. Logan was recognized by all state veterinarians for his contributions to advance animal health programs nationally.

O’Toole, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was honored for his long-term service to veterinary diagnostic medicine in the United States, including peer-reviewed papers, teaching related to diagnostic medicine, service on the association’s executive board, including as president 2005-2006, and as chair of its pathology committee.

He joined the Department of Veterinary Sciences in 1990 as an associate professor and diagnostic pathologist and served as department head and as director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory for five years. He teaches undergraduate courses in diseases of livestock, equine health and disease and mammalian pathobiology.  His research focus is spontaneous diseases of food and companion animals and fatal viral disease of bison.