Alumni Awards

McCoy Award

Dr. John E. McCoy

One of the most prestigious awards made by Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine is the John E. McCoy Award.

Whenever Dr. John E. McCoy's former students and colleagues get together, they invariably reminisce of their former professor. They remember fondly those years when he stood as one of the stalwarts of veterinary medicine at Washington State University, especially since his tenure spanned two of the most trying periods in the history of the college--the Great Depression and World War II.

One alumnus remembers Dr. McCoy's rare "feel" for animals: "Dr. McCoy could tap the belly of a sick hog and tell you almost immediately what was wrong simply by listening to the hog's squeal."

Graduating in 1909 from Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (now Kansas State University), Dr. McCoy practiced veterinary medicine in Kansas and Idaho prior to joining the faculty of WSU in 1923. Except for a three-year period (1933-1936), he was on the WSU faculty until he retired in 1952.

During his teaching career of 23 years at WSU, he served as Chair of the WSU Veterinary Clinic, and immediately prior to his retirement he became Dean of the college. Following Dr. McCoy's death in 1958, the John E. McCoy Endowment was established in his name through private gifts received from faculty, alumni, and friends. From this endowment the John E. McCoy Award is made to "an outstanding worker in the field of clinical veterinary medicine."

2015 Recipient

Dr. Lauren Trepanier

Dr. Lauren Trepanier

Dr. Lauren Trepanier

Dr. Lauren Trepanier obtained her DVM from Cornell University, and completed an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She then earned a PhD in Pharmacology, also at Cornell. She is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Trepanier manages internal medicine patients, trains students, interns, and residents, and conducts research on the genetic and metabolic basis of drug toxicity. Dr. Trepanier is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology.

2010 Recipients

Dr. Sarah Cleaveland

Dr. Sarah Cleaveland

Guy Palmer, Sarah Cleaveland and Dean Slinker

Dr. Sarah Cleaveland is a veterinary epidemiologist and professor at the University of Glasgow in the Institute for Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. Cleaveland's research focuses on diseases in East Africa at the human-animal interface with both wildlife and domestic animals.

Her team works to identify animal reservoirs of infection, to understand the risk factors of new and emerging infectious diseases, and to understand the infection dynamics in linked human and animal populations.

Dr. Stephen J. Withrow

Dr. Stephen J. Withrow

Dean Slinker and Dr. Withrow

Dr. Stephen J. Withrow is a Professor of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University - College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. CSU awarded Dr. Withrow the University Distinguished Professorship in 2004. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (oncology).  
Dr. Withrow graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1972 and completed an internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.  Postdocturate training in surgical oncology and musculoskeletal biology occurred at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston).
Dr. Withrow has been at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado since 1978. He has received numerous teaching, service and research awards, and is the author of over 250 scientific articles and 1 textbook. His research interest includes multimodality treatment of cancer in animals as a model for humans with cancer.
Dr. Withrow is the only veterinarian admitted as a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. He is also the past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society and is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Withrow was recently appointed Director for the new Colorado State University Academic Cancer Supercluster™ and Chief Scientific Office of NeoTREX, the enterprise arm of the Supercluster.

2004 Recipients

Dr. Urs Giger

Dr. Urs Giger

Dr. Giger and Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Dr. Urs Giger (Ph.D., DVM, MS, FVH, Diplomate, ACVIM & ECVIM), the Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine and chief of the Section of Medical Genetics at the School, has a strong research program in hereditary blood and metabolic diseases. His group has identified a number of hereditary diseases in dogs and cats, developed many diagnostic hematologic, biochemical and molecular tests for hereditary disorders. He also contributed to the understanding of feline blood types to assure safe and effective transfusions and to avoid hemolysis of the newborn in these species. Dr. Giger served as a key member of a team that developed a test to identify carriers, affected, and normal dogs for the disease cystinuria in Newfoundlands. 

Dr. Urs Giger received his veterinary degree from the University of Zrich, Switzerland. He currently heads up the Pediatrics and Genetics Clinic, the NIH-supported Genetic Metabolic Testing Laboratory, the Josephine Deubler Genetic Disease Testing Laboratory, and the Transfusion Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giger's three major research areas, which by nature overlap, are hereditary disorders, hematologic diseases, and transfusion medicine in dogs and cats.

Dr. Urs Giger was presented the 2002 Scientific Achievement Award by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. at the organization's meeting in Granada, Spain in October. The award is given annually to an outstanding veterinary researcher for his/her lifetime scientific contributions to the health of small animals.

Dr. Rodney L. Page

Dr. Rodney L. Page

Dr. Page and Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Dr. Rodney L. Page (MS, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) is a Professor at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and the Cornell University Comparative Cancer Program. He is a past president of the Veterinary Cancer Society.

Dr. Page received his Masters from Georgetown University School of Medicine and his veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He completed an internship and Internal Medicine/Oncology Residency at the Animal Medical Center. Dr. Page is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in both Internal Medicine and Oncology.

Dr. Page is a recipient of the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence. He is the author of Cornell University's Web Site for Cancer Management: CORE: Comparative Oncology Resource Exchange cancer

Previous Recipients

1999 - James Moore, DVM. Ph.D.

A double alumnus of the University of California, Davis, Dr. Moore earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971, his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1974 and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1980. Dr. Moore is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Georgia. For the last 20 years, he has been the world’s leading researcher in the area of equine endotoxemia and its associated diseases. Because of the major role played by endotoxin in determining the clinical outcome of cases of equine colic and laminitis, Dr. Moore’s research efforts have directly contributed to the increased survival of animals suffering from these problems. His studies have progressed logically from those dealing with the clinical effects of endotoxemia, to evaluating the efficacy of drugs which can blunt endotoxin’s effects and studying the effects of endotoxin on the equine inflammatory/ immune system. Dr. Moore has authored or co-authored >150 articles on these and related topics in the last 20 years. In addition, he has organized the internationally recognized Colic Symposium at the University of Georgia on a regular basis since 1982, and is the co-author/editor of three widely used textbooks, including the renowned, "Equine Medicine and Surgery." Dr. Moore served on the editorial board of the Journal of Veterinary Medicine from 1986 to 1989, and has been the editor of the Equine Section of the Compendium for Continuing Education since 1989. During his academic career he has delivered more than 75 scientific presentations at national and international meetings and has raised more than $2.1 million in funded research grants and equipment funds. Since 1983, he has sat on the graduate committees of 18 students. For his outstanding work in veterinary clinical medicine, we welcome Dr. Moore as Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine 1999 recipient of the John E. McCoy Award.

1991 - George H. Stabenfeldt

George H. Stabenfeldt

Spring 1991 - George H. Stabenfeldt, DVM, Ph.D.

Head of the Department of Reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, has been selected to receive the 1991 John E. McCoy Award from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Born in Shelton, Washington, Stabenfeldt is one of the world’s leading animal reproduction scientists. A triple alumnus of WSU, Stabenfeldt holds a B.A. in biological sciences 1955, a D.V.M. degree 1956, and an M.S. in pathology 1962. He also earned a Ph.D. in physiology from Oklahoma State University in 1968. He has authored or coauthored over 150 scientific publications and 24 book chapters Stabenfeldt’s research has been instrumental in defining the mechanisms that control normal reproductive functions and has helped explain reproductive dysfunction in domestic animals. "Dr. McCoy would have been extremely proud of Dr. Stabenfeldt," said John Gorham, USDA research leader and professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Gorham was a member of the founding committee for the McCoy award. "One of Dr. McCoy’s great clinical passions was reproductive disorders and Stabenfeldt is a leader in that area." Stabenfeldt is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Physiological Society, and the Crimson Circle and several other research societies. He has served as consultant to several international organizations (e.g. FAO) and on the editorial boards of several national and international scientific publications.

1989 - James A. Henderson, M.S., DVM

A Canadian by birth, Dr. Henderson has spent his entire professional career in clinical veterinary medicine in Canada and in this country. As a farm boy from Manitoba, his main interests, according to his own description, were "baseball and draft horses." Following his graduation from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1939, he took an M.S. degree from Cornell University. He remained in the northeast to be the director of the first cooperative artificial insemination center in North America. From there he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois where, in his words, "my duties included everything from clinical work in the university’s flocks and herds to post-mortem room operator and lecturer on poultry diseases to unsuspecting farmers." During World War II, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, beginning as a navigator and eventually being assigned to Cambridge University to advise that institution on their artificial insemination program. Following the war, Dr. Henderson returned to Illinois for a brief period before moving on to the faculty at Ontario Veterinary College. He remained there for 17 years, the last 13 of which he served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Surgery. During this time he collaborated with D. C. Blood to write the book Veterinary Medicine, now in its seventh edition. Few veterinary students complete their DVM education without having become acquainted with this well-known work. In 1963, Dr. Henderson again immigrated to the United States to become the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, a post which he retained until 1973. Leaving WSU, he retired to his native Canada. In his words: "Since then I have devoted my talents to gardening, chopping wood, fishing, clam digging, looking after a small stud of Norwegian fjord horses, and watching with hope, but small confidence, the Mariners and Seahawks on TV."

1987 - Dr. Robert Hamlin

Dr. Hamlin

Dr. Robert Wilson and Dr. Hamlin, Fall 1897

Dr. Robert Hamlin is a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and stands as one of the foremost veterinary cardiologists in the world. Receiving both his DVM degree (1958) and his PhD degree (1962) from The Ohio State University, he has retained his connection with that institution as a member of the faculty since 1960. Currently, he is full professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at The Ohio State University. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers in the fields of electrocardiography, heart failure, drug therapy of heart failure, and basic cardiovascular and respiratory physiology. Currently, he is a member of the editorial board for three veterinary journals, a physiology journal, and one human cardiology journal. As one of the leading authorities in his chosen field, he is consultant for at least 10 agencies and companies at the present time. In addition to his exceptional academic qualifications, Dr. Hamlin has broad clinical experience. As board certified in cardiology and in internal medicine, he serves in the university veterinary clinic at The Ohio State University. Because of his entertaining and informative approach as a speaker, he is frequently called on for programs at institutions and organizations from around the world to present topics in his chosen field. His remarkable background in both academic and clinical medicine gives him a unique insight into the problems faced by the veterinary practitioner.

  • Fall 1978 - Alan Klide
  • Fall 1976 - Harold Warsinski
  • Fall 1974 - Hugh Butler and Loren Evans
  • Fall 1971 - Ray Bradbury
  • Fall 1970 - George Muller
  • Fall 1969 - James Archibald
  • Fall 1967 - William McGee
  • Fall 1963 - Sten-Erik Olsson
  • Fall 1961 - Myron Thom