CVM Associate Professor Selected as
West Agro Award Winner
The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) named Dr. John Middleton, an associate professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, the recipient of the prestigious 2009 West Agro Award. The organization selected Middleton for the honor based on his research into staphylococcal mastitis epidemiology, immunity, prevention and control.
According to the ADSA, the West Agro Award was created to recognize outstanding research of milk quality as affected by control of mastitis, management of milking, and practices in production of milk. Information from the organization states that, “The winner must have meritorious scientific or technical contribution in research of one or more of the areas of mastitis, including epidemiology, microbiology, prophylaxis, therapy, immunity, anatomy, and physiology of mammary gland; milking management and systems related to hygiene, udder health, and milk quality; milk yield, composition, flavor, and microbiological quality as related to feeding or management; and/or detection or analysis of foreign substances in milk or of abnormal milk, prevention or elimination of milk adulteration, particularly of those contaminants which have significance to public health or an impact on product technology.”
Middleton’s research has included vaccination and treatment of Staphylococcus aureus mastitis, molecular epidemiology of coagulase-negative staphylococcal mastitis, detection of antibiotic residues in milk, influence of S. aureus mastitis on serum trace mineral concentrations, and the influence of subclinical hypocalcemia at calving on postpartum health. His research accomplishments have earned him leadership roles in several organizations relevant to dairy science and mastitis.
Middleton received his Bachelor of Science, DVM and PhD degrees from Washington State University. He joined the faculty of the University of Missouri as an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2001. He has presented research and continuing education lectures on mastitis and milk quality at the National Mastitis Council, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting, Ohio State University Fall Food Animal Conference, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting, American Dairy Goat Association meeting, and the Mastitis Research Workers Conference. He was an invited speaker at the International Heifer Mastitis Conference on Staphylococcus aureus mastitis vaccination in Ghent, Belgium in June, 2007. He was also invited to write a peer-reviewed manuscript by the editor of Expert Reviews on Vaccines. This review paper, entitled ‘Staphylococcus aureus antigens and challenges in vaccine development’ was published in August 2008. He has also served as an ad hoc reviewer for 18 scientific journals and one book publisher. He has served as a grant reviewer for several national and international granting agencies.
Middleton has served as a mentor for graduate students, veterinary students and house officers. At MU, he has advised or co-advised six Master of Science students and one PhD student, mentored 14 residents, interns and research fellows, and 20 undergraduate research students. He has been heavily involved in clinical instruction of veterinary students and has contributed to the instruction of undergraduate and graduate students. His teaching excellence has been recognized by receipt of the Clinical Area Instructional Award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and the Golden Aesculapius Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.
Middleton received The West Agro Award July 14 during the 2009 joint meeting of the ADSA, Canadian Society of Animal Science and American Society of Animal Science in Montreal, Canada.
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