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Chairs of the Department of Veterinary Science

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
Robert Graham

Dr. Graham was appointed head of the new Department of Livestock Diseases when it separated from the Department of Animal Husbandry in 1915.

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1917 - 1919
R.L. Pontius

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.

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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 1953.

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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.

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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 1967.

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1963 - 1973
Harold J. Drudge

1943 - DVM, Michigan State University
1943-1946 - Vet Corps, Army U.S.
1950 - ScD, Johns Hopkins University

1950-1951 - Parasitologist, Mississippi State College
1951-1960 - Parasitologist, Department of Animal Pathology, University of Kentucky
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.

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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 2004.

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1987 - 1989
James R. Rooney

1949 - BA cum laude, Dartmouth College
1952 - DVM Cornell University

1952-1954 - Vet Corps, Army U.S.
1954-1958 - Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

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.

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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. 

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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 organizations. 

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 in 1999.

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.

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2008 - present
Mats Troedsson

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.


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