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Guidelines for Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award

Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award

Purpose: The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a veterinary microbiologist who has distinguished themselves by a career that has made important contributions to the field of veterinary microbiology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or service.


The 2019 Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist

Dr. Nagaraja

Dr. T.G. Nagaraja

Dr. Nagaraja is a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University, and is a widely recognized worldwide for his expertise on infectious diseases, particularly the ecology of food-borne pathogens in cattle and bovine liver abscesses.

Dr. Nagaraja has been responsible for several seminal findings, including describing how feeding of distiller's grain was positively associated with prevalence of E. coli O157 in cattle. He also was the first one to develop an experimental model to study liver abscess in cattle by inoculating F. necrophorum via ultrasound-guided, percutaneous catheterization of the portal vein, which allowed for the demonstration that leukotoxinis are the major virulence factor of F. necrophorum. This led to the development of a USDA-licensed leukotoxoid- based vaccine to prevent liver abscesses in feedlot cattle.

As if these findings weren’t a big enough contribution to veterinary microbiology, Dr. Nagaraja developed an experimental bloat model instrumental for testing new compounds to control bloat in feedlot cattle, describing the effect of lasalocid or monensin on ruminal fermentation to better understand their modes of action.

Dr. Nagaraja’s effect on veterinary medicine could be measured by his over 96 peer-reviewed articles, 113 oral and poster presentations, 3 book chapters, 3 review papers and, 1 symposium proceeding on food safety research, but we all know it is more completely measured in the 5 Ph.D., 7 MS and 1 MPH graduate students he has mentored. The ACVM is proud to elect Dr. Nagaraja as our 2019 Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist! Please congratulate him if you have the opportunity.

Previous Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award Recipients:
  • 2018 - Prof. Albert Osterhaus
  • 2017 - Dr. Michael Dryden
  • 2016 - Dr. Prem Paul
  • 2015 - Dr. John Prescott
  • 2014 - Dr. Siba Samal
  • 2013 - Dr. M. M. Chengappa
  • 2012 - Dr. Leon Potgeiter
  • 2011 - Dr. Y. M. Saif
  • 2010 - Dr. Fred Murphy
  • 2009 - Dr. James Roth
  • 2008 - Dr. Carlton Gyles
  • 2007 - Dr. Gordon Carter
  • 2006 - Dr. Ian Tizard

Award Criteria

Criteria: Nominees should have an established track record of noteworthy contributions to research, teaching, and/or service in the field of veterinary microbiology. Noteworthy contributions could include examples such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • a history of undertaking research that has helped to define pathogen biology or mechanisms of pathogenesis, identify protective host mechanisms, or determine means of prevention or treatment of infectious diseases of animals. Evidence of research contributions will be supported by regular publications and/or grant funding related to the area of specialty, as well as presentations at national and international conferences.
  • service in a diagnostic facility in which the nominee has developed and made available accurate and useful tests for the diagnosis of important animal diseases, or in which the nominee has worked to characterize and distribute information regarding infectious agents (e.g., antimicrobial susceptibility, strain variation) on a regional or national scale. Other outstanding service could include regulatory work that led to the development of programs that aid veterinarians or producers in the identification or control of important infectious animal diseases, or that educate the public about issues relevant to veterinary microbiology.
  • efforts in teaching characterized by the development of novel undergraduate, graduate, or outreach courses or other learning materials, media, and opportunities relevant to veterinary microbiology; or authorship of useful and regularly updated textbooks relevant to veterinary microbiology.

Nominees for this award may well have made outstanding contributions in more than one area.


Nomination Process

Nomination process and identification of recipient: The ACVM Nominating Committee will solicit nominations for the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award in order to identify one or more nominees. The nominees can be an ACVM member or non-member who has done considerable work in veterinary microbiology/parasitology. Current members of the ACVM Board of Governors are not eligible. Persons nominating a candidate must provide the Nominations Committee with a letter of no more than one page explaining the nominee’s qualifications, with a copy of the nominee’s CV. These materials will be forwarded to the ACVM Board of Governors, who will vote on the nominee. The nominee with the most votes (representing at least a majority of the Board) will receive the award; in the event that only one nominee is presented, the award will be made if a majority of the Board is in favor of the making the award.