Dr. Lees Receives Two National Awards
July 05, 2010
Dr. George Lees, professor of
Veterinary Internal Medicine at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) has received
two distinguished awards this summer: The Robert W. Kirk Award
for Professional Excellence from the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American Veterinary
Medical Foundation (AVMF)/ American Kennel Club (AKC)
Career Achievement Award in Canine Research.
The Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence is
an annual award that has only 21 recipients to date. The award is
given by the ACVIM to Diplomates of the ACVIM who have outstanding
careers in veterinary medicine with national and international
recognition for their contributions and service in such activities
as clinical medical practice, instruction, research, and/or public
The AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine
Research was established in 2009. Lees is the first recipient
of this award that recognizes individuals who have made a long-term
contribution to canine research.
"I am honored to receive both awards," said Lees. "The Kirk
Award is especially significant to me because I have been an ACVIM
member for most of my professional career and the ACVIM is composed
of my peers. The AVMF/AKC Career Achievement award also means a lot
to me because the selection was solely based on my CV."
"I know that I could not be in this position if it were not for
my family, colleagues, and the department and college leaders who
encouraged me to continue my research," explained Lees. "My job is
similar to that of conducting an orchestra. There is a wind
section, a percussion section, and many other sections that are all
great at what they do. Someone has to stand at the front to
orchestrate and pull things together. Science is a team
Lees received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1972.
After graduation, he was a Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary
Corps for three years (1972-75) before completing an internship at
UC Davis (1975-76) and an internal medicine residency and MS degree
at the University of Minnesota (1976-79). Then he joined the
faculty at CVM in 1980.
Some of Lees' contributions to the world of veterinary medicine
include his work with hereditary kidney diseases in dogs. His
efforts lead to the eradication of an inherited disease in the
English Cocker Spaniel. His groundbreaking efforts also
include spearheading the establishment of the Texas Veterinary
Renal Pathology Service to help improve and standardize the
pathologic diagnosis of renal diseases in dogs and cats and to
facilitate sharing and analysis of digital pathology imagery
throughout the world.
"I have worked hard for many years," said Lees. "I am happy that
my work is being recognized, but it is on behalf of a large group
of people that I have accepted these awards."
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