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Awards / Honors

Epidemiology professor receives Penn Vet World Leadership Animal Health Award

October 21, 2010
By Carol Borchert

Dr. Mo Salman, director of the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award, given annually by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice of the profession and influenced the lives of others.

Largest monetary award in veterinary medicine

Mo Salman has been honored as a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice of the profession and influenced the lives of others.

The $100,000 in unrestricted funding, the largest monetary award in veterinary medicine, is underwritten by the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation.

The award was presented in September at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the Penn campus during a ceremony that also honored two Penn Vet students, Nikkita Patel and Brittany Gross, who received the Penn Vet Student Inspiration Awards.

Most prestigious vet med award

During the evening’s award presentations, Dr. Salman, a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, presented a lecture on “Impact of Infectious Disease: Is it a Disaster or an Opportunity?”

“These awards are among the most prestigious and coveted in the world of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Joan C. Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Penn Vet. “I am always humbled and impressed by the innovative researchers, thinkers and student and professional leaders in the field who are named recipients.”

Distinguished 37-year career

During a 37-year career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Salman has worked internationally for the Institute of Medicine’s Committee for Achieving Sustainable Global Capacity for Surveillance and Response to Emerging Diseases of Zoonotic Origin, served as chairperson of the examination committee and continuing organization committee of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and has held positions in the United States Animal Health Association and the Animal Health and Animal Welfare Panel of European Food Safety Authority. He has managed more than 160 scientific projects as principal investigator.

“Dr. Salman has a worldwide reputation not only for his expertise and research in animal health and epidemiology, but also for his unique ability to work across cultural, ethnic and religious boundaries to bring people together for the betterment of their communities,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. “He is richly deserving of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award, and we are very proud that he is a member of our esteemed faculty.”

Originally published in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences e-Insight newsletter, October 2010.