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Cook Honored for
Enhancing Pets’ Lives

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association recently named Dr. Jimi Cook of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine as the 2013 recipient of its WVAVA Hill’s Pet Mobility Award. Cook, DVM, PhD, ACVS, ACVSMR is the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory. He has a dual appointment in orthopaedic surgery at the MU School of Medicine.

The WVAVA award recognizes the outstanding work of a clinical researcher in the field of canine and feline orthopaedic medicine and surgery. The recipient’s research contributes significantly to the well-being of pets’ lives and to the human-animal bond worldwide through improvements in the mobility and quality of life of pets.

Cook received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1988. He earned his DVM degree in 1994 at the University of Missouri. He then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1995 for a dual PhD and small animal surgery residency program. He completed his PhD in pathobiology in 1998. His PhD research involved developing a unique in vitro system of chondrocyte culture for studying osteoarthritis.

The author of many peer-reviewed publications in the veterinary and human medical sphere, Cook’s interests lie in arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, orthopaedic tissue engineering and total joint replacement. The Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory, which he co-founded in 1999, carries out research into osteoarthritis, tissue engineering and articular cartilage physiology.

He has received numerous awards including Morris Animal Foundation’s America’s Best Veterinarian in 2008, the Orthopaedic Research Society’s New Investigator Recognition Award, the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, MU Alumnus of the Year, MU Faculty- Alumni Award, the Bloomberg Memorial Research Award, the Hohn-Johnson Research Award, the Bojrab Research Award, the MU Graduate and Professional Council Gold Chalk Award, and the University of Missouri Superior Graduate Achievement Award.

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