1890 - 1896
Samuel E. Bennett
Dr. Samuel E. Bennett graduated from Ohio State University
and did post-graduate work at the Royal Veterinary College
in Hanover, Germany. He was appointed a professor of Veterinary
Science at Kentucky Agricultural College, and remained at
the school until 1896 when he began work for the Bureau of
Animal Industry. Over his years at the Bureau, Dr. Bennett
directed the fight against several outbreaks of foot and
mouth disease in the United States. He became an acknowledged
expert on the disease. After leaving federal service, Dr.
Bennett worked for the Union Stock Yards and Transit Company
of Chicago. His death occurred in Chicago – the result of
a traffic accident – in 1925.
1915 - 1917
Dr. Graham was appointed head of the new Department of Livestock
Diseases when it separated from the Department of Animal Husbandry
1917 - 1919
Dr. Pontius was a founding member of the Kentucky Veterinary
Medical Association when it was organized in 1911. He became
head of the Department of Livestock Diseases in 1917.
1919 - 1946
William W. Dimock
1901 - BS, University of Connecticut
1905 - DVM, Cornell University
1909 - DVM, University of Cuba
1909-1919 - Professor of Pathology, Iowa State University.
1919-1946 - Professor of Animal Pathology and head of department
of Animal Pathology, University of Kentucky.
Dr. William Wallace Dimock was renowned as a teacher and
storyteller. He once assured his wife that eastern Kentucky
farmers sowed their hillside corn crops by firing the seed
corn from shotguns. When he joined the Department of Animal
Pathology at Lexington
in 1919 and was told by Thomas Poe Cooper, then Head of the
College of Agriculture, that the facilities for the department
were not the finest; he is said to have replied that he could
begin his work “with a butcher knife and a microscope”. Dr.
Dimock earned his D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1905.
Before coming to Kentucky he worked at the Cuba Agricultural
Experiment Station and the Department of Animal Pathology
at Iowa Agricultural College. Under his directions, the Department
of Animal Pathology at the University of Kentucky became
respected both nationally and internationally, especially
for its work in equine diseases. The Animal Pathology building
at U.K. is named in Dr. Dimock’s honor. Dr. Dimock died in
1946 - 1961
Floyd E. Hull
Dr. Floyd E. Hull was a native of Missouri. He earned his
D.V.M. degree from Kansas State College in 1925. He was a
veteran of World War I; having served in the Army where he
won the Purple Heart. Dr. Hull was a member of both the American
and Kentucky Veterinary Medical Associations. After his retirement
as Chair of the Department of Veterinary Science, Dr. Hull
continued to work with the department as a consultant. He
served as an advisor for pre-veterinary students on their
applications to Auburn University. He continued to live in
Lexington until his death in 1965.
1961 - 1963
E. Roger Doll
Dr. Elvis R. Doll served as acting head of the Department
of Veterinary Science from 1961 to 1963. He had joined the
Department in 1943, following receipt of his D.V.M. from
Michigan State University. Dr. Doll was recognized as an
expert in the area of research on equine viral arteritis
and is credited with the development of vaccines for preventing
virus abortion in mares. He also conducted considerable research
on the viral causes of respiratory disease in horses. Dr.
Doll continued as an active researcher until his death in
1963 - 1973
Harold J. Drudge
1943 - DVM, Michigan State University
1943-1946 - Vet Corps,
1950 - ScD, Johns Hopkins University
1950-1951 - Parasitologist, Mississippi State College
Parasitologist, Department of Animal Pathology, University
1960 - Professor, Department of Veterinary Science,
University of Kentucky
Dr. J. Harold Drudge was born in Indiana in 1922. He earned
his D.V.M. from Michigan State University in 1943. After serving
in the Army Veterinary Corps for four years, he returned to
school at Johns Hopkins University where he received his Sc.D.
in 1950. After working for a short time at Mississippi State
College, he joined the faculty of the U.K. Department of Veterinary
Sciences in 1951. Dr. Drudge was internationally recognized
as a specialist in equine parasitology. He conducted ground
breaking work in the field of antihelmintic resistance. Dr.
Drudge died in 2004.
1973 - 1987
John T. Bryans
1949 - BS, Florida Southern College
1952 - MS, University of Kentucky
1954 - PhD, Cornell University
1951-1953 - Assistant bacteriologist, Department of Animal
Pathology, University of Kentucky
1954-1960 - Virologist,
Department of Animal Pathology, University of Kentucky
1961- Professor, Department of Veterinary Science,
University of Kentucky
Dr. Jack Bryans came to the University of Kentucky as an assistant
bacteriologist in the Department of Animal Pathology in 1950.
He earned his M.S. degree at U.K. in 1952 and went on to earn
his doctorate from Cornell University in 1954. Dr. Bryans made
major contributions in the area of equine infectious diseases.
He was one of the researchers responsible for the development
of a vaccine for equine viral arteritis. Recognizing that the
equine industry was becoming a global concern, he encouraged
the international exchange of information of infectious diseases.
To that end, he was one of the organizers of the first International
Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bryans died in
1987 - 1989
James R. Rooney
1949 - BA cum laude, Dartmouth College
1952 - DVM Cornell University
1952-1954 - Vet Corps, Army
1954-1958 - Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, Virginia
1956 - MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1957 - Diploma Royal
Veterinary College, Stockholm
1958-1960 - Branch Chief Pathologic Anatomy, CWS Laboratories,
Fort Detrick, MD
1961 Professor, Department of Veterinary Science,
University of Kentucky
Dr. James R. Rooney holds degrees from multiple institutions.
He received his D.V.M. from Cornell University in 1952, but
also earned an M.S. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an
M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a research
officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Rooney joined
the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at U.K.
in 1961. His appointment as chair of the Department coincided
with the opening of the Gluck Equine Research Center, where
he also served as Director. After guiding the Center through
its early years, Dr. Rooney retired from his position at U.K.
in 1989. He now lives in Maryland where he continues to do
research. He is internationally acknowledged for his expertise
in equine lameness, pathology, and biomechanics.
1989 - 1999; 2002 - 2008
Peter J. Timoney
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Peter Timoney received
his veterinary degree (MVB) from the National University
of Ireland, University College Dublin in 1964. He subsequently
earned an MS from the University of Illinois, PhD from the
University of Dublin and FRCVS from the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons, London. He has held appointments at
the Irish Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Research
Laboratory in Dublin, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary
Medicine, the Irish Equine Centre, Co. Kildare, before joining
the faculty at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Timoney has been a faculty member in the Department
of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky since 1983.
In 1988, Dr. Timoney was named Frederick Van Lennep Chair
in Equine Veterinary Science.
He served as Chairman of the department from 1989-1999 and
2002-2008. He has been designated a world specialist
on equine viral arteritis by the Office International des
Epizooties or World Animal Health Organization. He currently
serves as Chair, USAHA Infectious Diseases of Horses Committee
and also on the Board of Directors of the National Institute
of Animal Agriculture. He is also a member of the American
Horse Council’s Health & Regulatory Committee and past
President of the World Equine Veterinary Association. For
many years, Dr. Timoney has worked on various aspects of
equine infectious diseases, especially equine viral arteritis,
contagious equine metritis, louping ill and equine herpesviruses
and has published and presented extensively in the field.
1999 - 2002
Lenn R. Harrison
Dr. Lenn Harrison received the V.M.D. degree from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1967 and in 1981 became a diplomate of
the American College of Veterinary Pathology. He is also
a member of seven veterinary medical and other professional
Since 1991 he has been a professor of Veterinary
Science and Director of the Livestock Disease Diagnostic
Center at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Harrison served
as editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
during the years 1991-1996. He received the American Association
of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician’s E. P. Pope Award
in 1977; and was presented with the Kentucky Veterinarian
of the Year Award by the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Harrison has received grants totaling nearly
$5 million which support animal health diagnostic services
and disease investigations. He is the author or co-author
of 55 scientific articles and has made more than 25 scientific
presentations to local, regional and national professional
meetings. From 1999-2001, Dr. Harrison served as acting chair
of the Department of Veterinary Science.
2008 - present
Dr. Mats Troedsson is an internationally-recognized scientist with more than 24 years of research and clinical experience in equine reproduction. He is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists as well as the European College of Animal Reproduction.
He received his D.V.M. from the Royal Veterinary College in Stockholm, Sweden in 1975. Dr. Troedsson spent the next 9 years in private practice in Sweden, then joined the clinical faculty at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala during a sabbatical leave in 1984-85. He remained with the University as a research associate in addition to returning to private practice.
Dr. Troedsson received a Ph.D. in reproductive immunology at the University of California/Davis in 1991. He subsequently joined the faculty at the UC, Davis as a clinical instructor/lecturer. In 1994, Dr. Troedsson accepted a position as assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, and was promoted to associate professor in 1998. He also served as director of the Minnesota Equine Research Center from 1996-2001 and then as acting director from 2001 to 2002. Dr. Troedsson joined the faculty at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine in July 2002, where he served as professor and service chief in theriogenology and director of equine research programs. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Veterinary Science and Director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center.