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The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) will
bestow an honorary membership to Dr. Roy Pool, director of the
Surgical Pathology Service and director of the Osteopathology
Specialty Service at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).
This award - only given to a select few individuals - will be
given to Pool for his many important contributions to his
professional discipline over his more than 40 year career as a
veterinary musculoskeletal pathologist, and will be presented to
him at the ACVP annual meeting on November 2.
Honorary membership is bestowed upon a nonmember by a majority
vote of the Council, and confirmed by a majority vote of the
membership of the College.
Over the years Pool has contributed a great deal to the
understanding of the causes and pathological diagnosis of
musculoskeletal diseases of domestic animals. His research has
focused on: the effects of the internal radioactive emitters on the
bones and dental tissues of beagle dogs as a model for
understanding the long term effects of radioactive fallout on the
skeletons of the human population; pathology and pathogenesis of
veterinary orthopedic diseases; studies of the skeletal neoplasia
of bones and joints of animals which were the basis for the World
Health Organization Classification of animal bone tumors; and the
pathogenesis of biomechanical lesions of bone, joints, tendons, and
ligaments of athletic horses.
Pool is the last of the original five veterinary musculoskeletal
pathologists still active today in academic practice in this
He has taught numerous courses, in several veterinary
institutions across the United States and Europe including: UC
Davis, Cornell University, and Mississippi State University dealing
with disease and disorders of the musculoskeletal system of
domestic animals, radiology, and lameness of athletic horses.
His knowledge has been passed down to more than 3500 students
over the years, who are now veterinarians in private and
institutional practices in most of the United States.
"My award is likely, in part, for my dedication to the training
of veterinary pathology residents and graduate students in their
preparation for the ACVP board exams and, in part, for my
contributions to research involving bone, joint and tendon/ligament
diseases of animals," said Pool.
Pool was recruited by the CVM seven years ago where in addition
to his diagnostic duties he teaches lectures in his specialty to
professional students in the veterinary curriculum.
"Although I am a clinical professor of pathology with primary
diagnostic and teaching responsibilities, I continue to be involved
in orthopedic research (e.g. healing of defects in articular
cartilage and in tendons facilitated by stem cells)," said
Angela G. Clendenin
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