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Dr. Cecil Moore Assumes Lead of
MU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Cecil MooreDr. Cecil Moore, DVM, MS, was recently named Interim Dean of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Moore is a professor and chairman of MU's Veterinary Medicine and Surgery department, and director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Joe Kornegay, DVM, PhD, and dean of the college from 1998, has accepted a new position at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill effective Oct. 16, 2006. His primary appointments will be in the university's Gene Therapy Center and the School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurology.


Dr. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville. His DVM degree was awarded by the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. After six years of private practice, he returned to the college where he completed a residency in comparative ophthalmology in 1980.

He joined the University of Wisconsin veterinary faculty in 1982 where he completed a research Master of Science degree from the medical school there.

He returned to MU in 1986 where he served as the head of the Ophthalmology Section, Small Animal Section coordinator, and Interim Associate Department chair. He was named Acting/Interim Chairman of the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 1998 and the Chairman in 2000.

Dr. Moore is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and served as that organization's president in 1999. He received the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. In 1988 and 1992 he was presented the Golden Aesculapius Award for Teaching Excellence. He was presented the MU Alumni of the Year Award in 1997 and received a Faculty Alumni Award in 2001. He was named Missouri Veterinarian of the Year in 2004.

Dr. Moore's research interests have focused on the epidemiology and therapy of equine keratitis, spontaneous canine tear film disease, and ocular surface immunology. Recently his research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. He has served as editorial reviewer for numerous scientific journals and frequently speaks at state and national meetings and conferences.

A national search is currently underway to identify a new DVM Dean. See College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Search for details.

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