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Photo of Hall of Fame Horse StatueThe Equine Research Hall of Fame — Peter J. Timoney

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Peter J. Timoney
United States

Recognized internationally as a preeminent authority on equine infectious diseases, Dr. Peter Timoney has spent the greater part of his scientific career devoted to studying a range of viral and bacterial diseases of the horse, including certain of the viral encephalomyelitides, contagious equine metritis, equine herpesviral diseases and equine viral arteritis. In more recent years, he has sought to promote greater awareness of the factors involved in the international spread of equine infectious diseases.
Inducted October 2009.

Photo of Dr. and Mrs. TimoneyA native of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Timoney received his veterinary degree, M.V.B. (Hons) from the National University of Ireland (U.C.D.) in 1964. Shortly after graduating, he moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies at the University of Illinois’ Center for Zoonosis Research, obtaining his MS degree in virology in 1966. Returning to Ireland, he accepted appointment at the Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Research Laboratory, specializing in large animal virology. In 1972, he became head of the laboratory’s equine diseases section. Dr. Timoney earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dublin in 1974 and F.R.C.V.S. from the Royal College of Surgeons, London, in 1978, both in virology. In 1979, he accepted appointment as Associate Professor in virology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Timoney returned to Ireland in 1981, assuming the position of Scientific Director of a planned Irish Equine Centre. Having helped establish the Centre, he returned to the U.S. in 1983 to join the faculty in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Veterinary Science. He served as Department Chair from 1989 to 2008 and Director of the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center from 1989 to 2006. He is currently professor and holder of the Frederick Van Lennep Chair in Equine Veterinary Science.

Dr. Timoney is an O.I.E. designated expert on equine viral arteritis. Among his current research interests is identifying the markers of pathogenicity among strains of equine arteritis virus that can cause abortion and establishment of the carrier state in the stallion. He serves on numerous national and international equine industry and health-related committees and is a past president of the World Equine Veterinary Association. He has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific publications. Dr. Timoney and his wife, Katherine, have two sons and two daughters.

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