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Dr. Alex Bermudez Honored
for Lasting Impact on CVM

Dr. Neil C. Olson addresses family, friends and colleagues of Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Director Dr. Alex Bermudez during a memorial ceremony Oct. 25 that also included the posthumous presentation of the 2013 Dean’s Impact Award. Dr. Bermudez passed away a year ago.

CVM Dean Neil C. Olson (right) presents the Dean’s Impact Award to the family of Dr. Alex J. Bermudez (from left), Carla, Steven, Alexa, Peter and Lisa.

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson honored Dr. Alex J. Bermudez posthumously with the 2013 Dean’s Impact Award on Oct. 25. The award was presented during a remembrance ceremony for Dr. Bermudez held at the College. Dr. Bermudez’ widow, Lisa, accepted the award on behalf of her late husband.

The Dean’s Impact Award, established in 1993, recognizes individuals who have had an outstanding and sustained impact on the College of Veterinary Medicine. In presenting the award, Dean Olson spoke not only of the invaluable assistance Dr. Bermudez had provided to the College and himself personally, but also commended the late veterinarian’s honesty and integrity.

Dr. Bermudez served the College from 1991 until his death in October of 2012. After earning a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1986, he completed an avian medicine internship and held positions at the University of Connecticut and the Ohio State University. He became a faculty member at MU and avian pathologist at the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in 1991. His 65 percent appointment in the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory involved significant interaction with and service to the Missouri poultry industry. In 1992 Bermudez was awarded diplomate status in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and was appointed director of the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in 2005, a position he held until the time of his passing.

His reputation as a respected authority in poultry diseases enhanced the reputation of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians to which he was elected president. He also represented the ACPV on the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Board of Veterinary Specialties from 2001 to 2007. He had been an associate editor for the journal Poultry Science for 10 years and served on the editorial board of Avian Diseases. He also served on the editorial board of the Avian Disease Manual published by the American Association of Avian Pathologists (1994 – 2006) and was a contributing author to the text “Diseases of Poultry.”

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