Gifts in Action

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Funding for endowed chairs and professorships allows the college to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, drive research in new directions, enrich student education, and foster collaboration within the University and around the globe.

Bernice Gilman Baily & Joseph Baily Endowed Chair in Animal Well-Being Science


This endowed chair was most recently held by Dr. Jaak Panksepp, who passed away on April 18, 2017.

Rocky Crate D.V.M. & Wild Sheep Foundation Endowed Chair in Wild Sheep Disease Research

Kate Huyvaert

Associate Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Dr. Kate Huyvaert is the new Rocky Crate D.V.M. & Wild Sheep Foundation Endowed Chair in Wild Sheep Disease Research, an exciting endeavor for Kate who comes to WSU from the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University where she was on the faculty since 2007. Her love of nature and the outdoors emerged from hours spent exploring the creek behind her grandparents’ house where she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned undergraduate degrees in English and Biology and an MSc in Biology at Wake Forest University and earned a PhD in Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2004. After graduate school, Kate worked with the CDC and USDA’s National Wildlife Research Center to broaden her perspective and deepen skillset in vector-borne zoonotic diseases and diseases at the wildlife-domestic animal interface.


Guy Palmer

Creighton Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health

Guy Palmer

Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases
Senior Director of Global Health

Dr. Palmer is the founding director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health and currently leads disease control programs in East Africa and Latin America as well as directing the Robert R. Fast Laboratory at Washington State University. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, he heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology and holds an NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen emergence. Dr. Palmer is also a faculty member of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha Tanzania and a member of the Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases at the University of Washington.

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G. Caroline Engle Distinguished Professorship in Research on Infectious Diseases

Devendra Shah

Associate Professor, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Devendra Shah is a veterinarian with a specialization in veterinary microbiology and infectious disease. His passion is infectious disease and food-safety research with a focus on genomics, host-pathogen-microbiota interactions, bacterial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, and alternative strategies to mitigate antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens that are transmitted from animals to human via foods. Dr. Shah is also an avid educator with a passion for clinically relevant, evidence-based instruction in veterinary microbial infectious diseases within the DVM professional curriculum at WSU.

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Michael Court

Dr. William R. Jones Endowed Chair in Companion Animal Medicine/Surgery

Michael Court

Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists

Dr. Court is a researcher in the Program in Individualized Medicine at Washington State University. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Pharmacogenomics Laboratory. Dr. Court’s research focuses on determining how genetics affects the way in which companion animals metabolize medications, with the ultimate goal of improving drug safety and effectiveness. He is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Research Career Award, Ramsey Invited Lectureship, and a Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Award for Research Excellence.

Berger Keatts Distinguished Professorship

Susan Matthew

ProfessorDepartment of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Associate Chair Veterinary Medical Education
Director of the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy

Dr. Susan Matthew is a veterinarian with a focus on veterinary education and the human side of veterinary practice. Dr. Matthew is Director of the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy and is the Berger Keatts Distinguished Professor.  She is one of the College’s Associate Chairs of Veterinary Medical Education with oversight of the veterinary degree program. Dr. Matthew is a founding member of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Council on Outcomes-based Veterinary Education, and an active member of the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. Her research portfolio has two main foci: teaching, learning and outcomes assessment in veterinary education; and resilience, well-being and career development in veterinary education and practice. Dr. Matthew’s teaching focuses on principles and practices of teaching and learning in higher education, and the human side of veterinary education and practice: veterinary clinical communication skills, career development, resilience and well-being.

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Macarena Sanz

Robert B. McEachern Distinguished Professor in Equine Medicine

Macarena Sanz

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Board Certified, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, (Diplomate ACVIM), large animal internal medicine

Dr. Sanz is a board-certified equine medicine veterinarian who works as a clinician in the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital caring for horse patients and as an assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on the immune response of horses to infectious and non-infectious conditions, such as Rhodococcus equi, exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage and exercise. Dr. Sanz completed an equine internship and a large animal internal medicine residency. She earned a Master of Science degree at WSU and a veterinary degree from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina. She also earned a Ph.D. and was a post doctorate in equine immunology at the Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She was a senior lecturer in equine medicine at the Onderstepoort Veterinary School in South Africa from 2008-2011 and has been a faculty at WSU since 2015.

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Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship in Aquatic Animal Health

Kevin Snekvik

Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Director of Operations, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Dr. Snekvik is a board certified veterinary pathologist with a split appointment as a professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and director of operations for the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). He is also the section head of WADDL’s Aquatic Health Section and conducts fish diagnostic testing for both private fish producers and natural resource agencies as well as aquatic and terrestrial animal infectious disease research. Dr. Snekvik and his staff also provide salmonid fish health certification testing for interstate and international movement of fish or fish products. Dr. Snekvik serves on multiple national committees involved with aquatic disease and veterinary diagnostic medicine including the AAVLD/ US Animal Health Association Aquaculture Committee, AAVLD Executive Board, and the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) Aquatic Animal Health Committee, and previously on the American Veterinary Medicine Association Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee.

Katrina Mealey

Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research

Katrina Mealey

Regents Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Director of Public Impact Initiatives

Dr. Mealey is the founding director of the Program in Individualized Medicine at Washington State University. She is recognized as a global expert in veterinary pharmacogenetics because her research has changed the standard of care in veterinary medicine and has influenced veterinary drug development and regulation. Mealey is the recipient of the Eli Lilly Award, the Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, the Life Sciences Northwest Women-to-Watch Award, and was named a founding Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador at WSU. She holds two U.S. patents and eight international patents that have been licensed to nine different companies. Mealey is a diplomate of ACVIM and ACVCP and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

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