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 country.
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 Pool.