AAVMC awards WSU researcher

Palmer is leading a research program on infectious diseases, livestock

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

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The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) awarded Guy Palmer, WSU Regents professor of pathology and infectious diseases, with the 2019 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award.

Bryan Slinker, college of veterinary medicine dean, said Palmer deserves the award based on his academic and scientific achievements. Slinker said he wrote a letter of support for Palmer’s nomination.

“We try to put forward our best faculty to receive the award,” Slinker said. “He is an exceptional scientist and has been recognized before for the quality of his science.”

He said Palmer is the founding director of WSU’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Palmer left his position two years ago and is currently the senior director of the school.

Slinker said Palmer is leading a research program focusing on infectious diseases found in livestock. He said Palmer’s work is globally important.

He said the AAVMC grant the award annually to a single recipient. The nomination process begins in the late summer and is officially presented to the recipient during the AAVMC’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a very prestigious award in the veterinary medical field,” Slinker said.

He said he will be attending the conference in support of Palmer. After the conference, they will travel for a research program they are leading in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s all because his leadership in developing global health,” Slinker said. “This is significant recognition for him and for WSU.”