|Two OSU Veterinary Faculty Honored for Excellence|
(May 6, 2011 Stillwater, OK) – Drs. Melanie Breshears and Anthony Confer were recently honored at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Awards Banquet. Breshears received the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award and Confer the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.
Breshears is an assistant professor of veterinary pathology. She teaches Veterinary Histology and General Pathology to first year veterinary students and a third year elective called Systemic Pathology Case Studies. Drawn to pathology by OSU Emeritus Professor Dr. Roger Panciera who taught her pathology of infectious diseases in veterinary college, Breshears enjoys ‘figuring out diseases.’
Confer is a Regents Professor and holds the Sitlington Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research. He is recognized internationally for his research, especially his work focusing on bovine respiratory disease with emphasis on bacterial pneumonias. He is a renowned expert on the pathogenesis and immunity to the agents that cause shipping fever, which costs the Oklahoma cattle industry millions of dollars yearly in lost production.
An alumna of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Breshears earned her DVM degree in 1998 and then her PhD in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences in 2004.
Confer, also an OSU alumnus, graduated in 1972 and earned a MS degree in Veterinary Pathology in 1974 from The Ohio State University and a PhD in Microbiology in 1978 from the University of Missouri—Columbia.
Both Breshears and Confer are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is one of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States and is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.