Oct 272010
Authors: Melissa Donahoo

Dr. Mo Salman has won award after award for his dedication to veterinary science in his nearly 30 years at CSU.

Now he can add another.

Committee members from accredited veterinary schools in the United States and Europe selected him as this year’s Penn Vet World Leadership in Animal Health Award winner.
The $100,000 award goes to a veterinarian who has Dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others, according to the Penn Veterinary Medicine website.

Salman, a clinical sciences professor at CSU, is the third veterinarian to win the award, which is distributed by the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary medicine program.
“I’m flattered,” Salman said. “I am challenged to use the money for the promotion of our veterinary profession, and I’m working on that challenge.”

Salman has been working with the European Commission for Animal Health and Food Safety for the past 10 years to “promote veterinary medicine in the general community and the society.”
Salman’s focus hasn’t changed since he began his research in veterinary medicine when he graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1973.

After graduating, his career progressed from poultry, to camels and goats, to small animal practice and to dairy cattle before Salman opted to research with CSU in 1983.

Salman currently teaches courses on infectious diseases, global health and epidemiology, but favors infectious disease and global health, as they allow students to view the big picture of animal health.

“I am lucky in that I enjoy my job, not as a profession, but as a hobby,” Salman said.

Though he loves teaching, Salman said he does more research than actual instruction. He is currently researching animal diseases such as tuberculosis in cattle, strangles in horses and alternative methods of controlling avian influenza.

His work also focuses on building veterinary systems in war torn countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. So far, these efforts have also been successful.

He said his team has made the biggest impact in building awareness and a cohesive team, establishing procedures to meet the needs for animal disease control measures that are flexible for different countries.

“I enjoy the interaction with various people, especially from different cultures and backgrounds,” Salman said. “It has expanded my horizons and built my character, tolerance and patience to deal with other people.”

According to Salman, the successes of these projects are dependent on the staff members that help and support him in his research. He is glad he chose to leave the University of California at Davis to work at CSU.

“I was very attracted by the outlook and the vision of CSU,” he said. “Fort Collins as a community is a wonderful place to be, and the university has a lot to offer.”
Likewise, members of the CSU community are eager to claim Salman as one of their own.

“His efforts are noteworthy, timely and exemplify his passion for veterinary epidemiology and the ways the discipline contributes to improving animal health and well-being,” said Dr. Barbary McCarthy, associate director and outreach coordinator of CSU’s Animal Population Health Institute.

McCarthy has worked with Salman for 17 years on his veterinary epidemiology training workshops, which he gives to audiences around the world.

“I believe it is fantastic for him to receive recognition for his contribution to the veterinary profession,” McCarthy said.

Salman plans to continue exploring unconventional methods for controlling animal diseases.

“I hope students can learn from this,” Salman said of his award, “and pursue their career for a better life for themselves and for society in general.”

Staff writer Melissa Donahoo can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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