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Ways to Help Companion Animals
Is Subject of Kemper Series Lecture

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Richard Meadows, DVM, DABVP, Jackie Kleypas, DVM and Jan Chipperfield, DVM

Dr. Richard MeadowsRichard Meadows, DVM, DABVP, and clinical associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, will detail practical ways to improve the quality of pets in a Kemper Lecture on March 6, 2007.

The lecture will also discuss ways that owners, the public, and veterinarians can enhance the lives of companion animals. Dr. Meadows leads a group of MU volunteers, called Project HOPE, that provides free spay, neutering, and medical care in economically depressed areas of Kansas City. The project’s goals are to help curb pet overpopulation and make the animals more attractive for adoption.

The lecture, sponsored by the MU Student Union Programming Board, will take place 7-9 p.m. in MU’s Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union South.

Kemper Lectures highlight professors who have been awarded the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Meadows was presented the award in 2005.

Dr. Meadows recently received one of veterinary medicine's highest honors, the 2006 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond.

Dr. Meadows is also the faculty advisor for MU’s Pet Assisted Love and Support (PALS), students and their pets who visit children’s hospitals, retirement homes and other areas where the emotional well-being of people are enhanced by interacting with animals. Dr. Meadows has also conducted research into therapeutic benefits of the human-animal bond. He is a board-certified member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Meadows earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from West Texas State University in 1977 and a bachelor's degree in veterinary science from Texas A&M in 1980. He obtained his DVM degree from Texas A&M in 1981. Since arriving at MU in 1999, he has received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the Aesculapius Teaching Award, and the Golden Chalk Award.

Although he considers teaching to be his primary responsibility at MU, Dr. Meadows also actively seeks funding to enhance the College's teaching facilities and technologies. He has received more than $552,000 in grants that have been used for a variety of projects including the purchase of specialized equipment for veterinary dentistry instruction and the remodeling and expansion of Clydesdale Hall, the veterinary medical teaching hospital.


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