Michael Dryden, DVM, Ph.D., was named Ceva’s 2010 Veterinarian of the Year this past weekend at the Purina Pro Plan 56th annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards, presented by Dogs in Review magazine, in New York City.
The award was bestowed by Ceva Animal Health of St. Louis.
Dr. Dryden was honored for his work researching flea and tick control on behalf of man’s best friend – and cats, too.
Also known as “Dr. Flea,” Dryden is a professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University. His current research efforts are in flea and tick biology and control, investigating urban wildlife as vectors of parasitic diseases and diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites.
He is active in several professional associations, including the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, the American Veterinary Medical Association as was a founding member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Other industry awards were presented during the ceremony.
The Groomer of the Year award went to Penny Dugan of Boffell, Wash., presented by Laube; the Trainer of the Year award went to Barbara DeGroodt, owner of From the Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Dog Training in Monterey County, Calif., presented by Comfort Zone with D.A.P. products; and the Shelter of the Year award went to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, presented by Lost Pet USA.
In addition, the Show Dogs of the Year awards honored the top show dogs of 2010. The awards recognize the dogs with the largest number of Group-Firsts in their respective categories. Ceremony attendees included owners, breeders, handlers, judges, media and representatives of the American Kennel Club, among others.
Dogs in Review is a sister publication of Veterinary Practice News.