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
Thomas Besser, DVM, PhD, DACVM, is the Rocky Crate Endowed Chair in Wild Sheep Disease Research. Dr. Besser’s research is focused on epizootic pneumonia of bighorn sheep, a devastating disease that has limited the recovery of this iconic wildlife species of western North America. Dr. Besser’s previous research clarified the etiology of this disease as ultimately having resulted from spillover of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae from domestic sheep and goats. His current research activities are directed towards development of methods to prevent new spillovers of this agent and interventions to reduce the impact of past spillovers on infected bighorn sheep populations. Dr. Besser is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received the Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Award for Veterinary Research Excellence and the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award in Research.
Creighton Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health
Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases
Founding director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
WSU senior director of global health
Dr. Palmer is the founding director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal 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.
Caroline Engle Distinguished Professorship in Research on Infectious Diseases
Santanu Bose, Ph.D., conducts research on various aspect of the innate immune response against respiratory viruses like human respiratory syncytial virus, influenza A virus (flu), and parainfluenza viruses. His work focuses on the mechanism regulating innate immune antiviral and inflammatory response, which play a critical role in host defense against respiratory viruses. He has published widely in peer-reviewed research journals and holds US patents to develop agents that can destroy cancer cells. Dr. Bose is on the editorial board and serves as an academic editor for numerous peer-reviewed research journals and more recently served as a regular member of National Institutes of Health study section.
Dr. William R. Jones Endowed Chair in Companion Animal Medicine/Surgery
Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists
Michael Court, BVSc, PhD, DACVAA, is the William R. Jones Endowed Chair in Companion Animal Medicine/Surgery and a researcher in the Program in Individualized Medicine at Washington State University. He is also the director 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
Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology
Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning
Founding Director, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy
Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology Associate Department Chair for DVM Education
Stephen Hines, DVM, PhD, DACVP, is the Berger Keatts Distinguished Professor for his excellence in teaching. He is also founding director of the College Veterinary Medicine Teaching Academy and the Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning. Dr. Hines is recognized by a generation of veterinary students and alumni for his innovation and passion in teaching. He is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards. These include the SAVMA National Teaching Excellence Award (Basic Sciences), USDA National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching, and North American Teacher of the Year in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hines is the only WSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member who has been recognized with the college’s highest honor for excellence in both teaching and research.
Robert B. McEachern Distinguished Professor of Equine Medicine
Professor and Chair, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Director, Animal Health Research Center
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Robert H. Mealey, DVM, PhD, is a board certified equine internist and a founding director of the Equine Infectious Disease Research Program (EQUID). He has held clinical and faculty positions in equine medicine at both Texas A&M and WSU, served as the Equine Program Chair for the ACVIM, Associate Editor for the Equine Veterinary Journal, editor for Veterinary Clinics of North America, Equine Practice, and as a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Infectious Disease Committee. Dr. Mealey is a recognized expert in equine infectious diseases, and with support from the NIH, USDA, Morris Animal Foundation, and Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, his research program has focused on understanding how the horse’s immune system controls persistent and vector-borne infections, including those caused by viruses, bacteria, and protozoan parasites.
Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship in Aquatic Animal Health
Clinical Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Director of Operations, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Dr. Snekvik, DVM, PhD is a board certified veterinary pathologist with a split appointment as a clinical 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 American Veterinary Medicine Association Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee.
Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research
Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Diplomate, ACVIM Internal Medicine
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
Katrina L. Mealey, Ph.D., D.V.M., is the Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research and 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 Eli Lilly Award, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, Life Sciences Northwest Women-to-Watch Award, and 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.