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CVM Alumnus Awarded Merial
Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of his commitment to helping identify the causes of and treatments for laminitis, Donald M. Walsh, a 1969 graduate of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the Merial Lifetime Achievement Award at the seventh annual International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. The award is given annually to a veterinarian or farrier who has dedicated their career to treating horses with laminitis and whose commitment goes beyond the day-to-day care of the horse.

Walsh currently serves as the director of clinical research at Homestead Veterinary Hospital in Pacific, Mo. In private practice since 1969, he has dedicated his career to understanding equine laminitis, a debilitating disease that continues to plague horse owners.

In addition to publishing significant original research and speaking to horse owners, veterinarians and farriers about the topic, Walsh founded and is the president of the Animal Health Foundation, a St. Louis-based organization dedicated to raising research funds for laminitis-founder complex in horses. Through Walsh’s efforts, the foundation has been able to award more than $1.8 million to researchers since its establishment in 1984.

“We are honored to present this award to Dr. Walsh,” says Beckie Peskin, product manager for Merial. “His lifetime of dedication to researching the causes and treatment of this devastating disease is inspiring and very important to horse owners and veterinarians around the world.”

In addition to this recent recognition, Dr. Walsh has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinary Hall of Fame of the American Farriers Association and the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by the Missouri Hunter Jumper Organization as Man of the Year.


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