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Medical Science Monitor Basic Research


eISSN: 1643-3750

Research reflections

William P. Switzer

Med Sci Monit 2009; 15(1): SC1-3

ID: 869513

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Published: 2008-12-30

Dr Switzer received D.V.M, from Texas A and M, in 1948, M.S. and a Ph.D, from Iowa State University in 1951 and 1954 and the Dr.h.c. from the University of Vienna, in 1979. He was Professor of Iowa State University, Veterinary Medical Research Inst, during 1961-74. He later became the Associate Dean for Research, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, 1974-90. In 1990 he became Distinguished Professor emeritus, Iowa State University, 1990 and Associate Dean emeritus, in 1990 to the present. He has won the following honors and awards: Borden Scholarship Award, Honorary Master Swine Producer, ISU Faculty Citation, ISU Distinguished Professor, American Feed Manufacturers Vet. Med. Research Award, Iowa Inventors' Hall of Fame, National Hog Farmer Award, Gamma Sigma Delta Award, International Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, Howard W. Dunne Memorial Award, Iowa Veterinarian of the year, 1988 in addition to several others. Switzer Research Award established at ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, Selected as one of the 150 most influential faculty members in the 150 year history of ISU, Vaccines developed by W. P. Switzer were selected as one of the 150 most valuable contributions in the history of ISU. DR. Switzer's patents: A) Use of Sulfonamides for Treatment of Atrophic Rhinitis in Swine; B) Vaccine for Control of Atrophic Rhinitis in Swine, and xx Vaccine for Control and Prevention of Kennel Cough in Dogs. He has also served on the following Advisory Boards: A) Animal Health Advisor, Merck and Co, five years; B) Animal Health Advisor, Pfizer, Inc, six years; and C) Animal Health Advisor, Diamond-Shamrock, two years.

Keywords: Swine Diseases - history, Veterinary Medicine - history, Swine, Research, Iowa, History, 21st Century, History, 20th Century, Animals