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April 12, 2012
by Amanda Zupan
CSU is once again honoring faculty and staff who have reached service milestones during the 2011-2012 fiscal year at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones. The all-University event to commemorate years of service and retirement will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.
Tony Knight, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been part of CSU's family for 40 years, fulfilling his passion for large animal veterinary medicine and teaching college students.
Knight was born and raised on a ranch in Kenya, and always had the dream of becoming a veterinarian working with livestock. He graduated from veterinary school in 1968 from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Knight decided to become a Ram after being taught by CSU faculty members stationed at the university in Kenya. “They encouraged me to attend graduate school at CSU,” Knight said. “The opportunity to attend an internationally recognized veterinary program was an exciting challenge. I applied for and was awarded a Rockefeller Scholarship that enabled me to come to CSU, where I completed a master’s degree.”
After returning to the faculty at the University of Nairobi for a year, Knight joined the CSU faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
As a teacher and veterinarian at CSU since 1971, Knight feels nothing but gratitude for the opportunities he has had here. “My faculty colleagues are the best, and it has been a privilege to have worked with them over the years,” he said. “Teaching veterinary students for 40 years has been the most enjoyable and gratifying experience. Their enthusiasm and commitment to becoming veterinarians is so rewarding.”
During his tenure at CSU, Knight served as department head of Clinical Sciences for 18 years. He was elected president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.
Other highlights of Knight’s career include the sabbatical he took at the USDA Poisonous Plants Research Laboratory in Logan, Utah, being named a Fulbright Senior Scholar and spending time in Nepal teaching and helping resolve a water buffalo disease problem.
As much as Knight enjoys his career as a CSU faculty member and veterinarian, he also enjoys various hobbies and interests outside of the classroom. Knight is a master gardener and native plant master with the Extension Service. His hobbies include growing orchids, hiking, and photographing plants and birds.
Another interest of his is plant poisoning. He has published two books on plant poisoning and teaches plant toxicology courses to veterinary students, animal science students, and at Front Range Community College.
Knight gives numerous presentations and seminars to a variety of groups including ranchers, small acreage land owners, conservation district managers, pet owners, and Master Gardeners. “I have also been involved with helping develop and train the Colorado Veterinary Emergency Reserve Corps and have taught numerous courses on foreign animal diseases to prepare emergency responders, should a transboundary disease gain entry to North America,” Knight said.
Knight recalls various memorable and rewarding experiences throughout his four decades at CSU. “Clearly the highlight of coming to CSU was meeting and marrying my wife Cassandra, a CSU student at the time,” Knight said. “Taking part in the planning stages for the new CSU veterinary teaching hospital and being involved with the move to the new Veterinary Teaching Hospital from the old one (in the Glover Building) in 1980 was also an exciting time.”
Knight says he will never forget when Old Main building burned down in May 1970. The flood of 1997 that caused major damage on campus was another memorable time. “It is fascinating to see how the campus has transformed over the years. The numerous new buildings on campus are remarkable, and I commend those who have made it happen,” Knight said.
“The growth of campus can only benefit learning and research,” he said. “The diversity in the campus community has greatly improved, and CSU is the better for it."
Knight will retire from CSU at the end of June 2012 and plans to move to Tucson Ariz., with his wife Cassandra. Working as a Master Gardener in the Extension program and continuing his poisonous plant activities will be a high priority during retirement. Additionally, Knight said he plans on working with extension activities that involve emergency management in Arizona.
Join the University community in honoring employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones on May 3.
The event will honor Colorado State University employees who are celebrating retirement and those who have reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to the University.
Contact: The Office of CSU Events
Phone: (970) 491-4601