MU College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus William H. Fales, PhD, was the recipient of this year’s Missouri Veterinary Medical Association President’s Award. Outgoing MVMA President Chuck Barry, DVM, honored Fales with the award Saturday night during the organization’s annual convention held at Tan-Tar-A resort in Osage Beach.
The award is given to an individual who was instrumental to the efforts of the organization’s president to advance the veterinary profession for the betterment of animal health in the state.
A native of Redding, California, Fales served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1966-69. He then pursued a master of science and a doctorate in bacteriology at the University of Idaho, Moscow. He began his career at the University of Missouri in 1974 as a research associate in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology. From 1975 to 1981 he was an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and served as a clinical microbiologist for the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In 1981 he became a tenured associate professor, and in 1986 was named a full professor. He was elected as an honorary diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in 1992. In August of 2015 he retired from MU, but accepted an adjunct appointment and was named professor emeritus.
Fales was elected to full membership in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association in 1991 and was elected to honorary membership in the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice in 1999.
“Dr. Fales has been a consistent supporter of the MVMA, attending West Central District meetings, policy forums, MVMA Day at the Capitol events, board meetings, committee meetings and annual conventions,” Barry said about his choice for the award. “He has always represented the MVMA and the College of Veterinary Medicine with the highest level of character, confidence and enthusiasm. I know he has been an encouragement to me, others in the MVMA and countless students during the last year and over the last several decades.”
The President’s Award is the third award the MVMA has bestowed upon Fales. He is a previous recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Service Award and Mixed Microbial Practitioner Award.
CVM alumnus Scott Fray, DVM ’91, was also honored. The MVMA named Fray Veterinarian of the Year.
The MVMA’s 124th Convention took place Jan. 21-24. A number of CVM faculty members presented continuing education lectures on a variety of topics, including Alex Bukoski, DVM, PhD, Leah Cohn, DVM, PhD, Meghan DuHadway Harmon, DVM, Alisa Hutchison, DVM, Leslie Lyons, PhD, Craig Payne, DVM, MS, Shannon Reed, DVM, MS, Dawna Voelkl, DVM, Catherine Vogelweid, DVM, PhD, Dietrich Volkmann, BVSc, MMedVet, and Dee Whelchel, DVM, MS.
The CVM also coordinated a speed networking event for veterinary students, and hosted a continental breakfast, Coffee with the College, on the final day of the convention for attendees. During the breakfast, CVM Dean Neil C. Olson, DVM, PhD, and members of his administrative team offered updates on the college, its service units and the university.