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Dr. Robert BonDurant

 

It is with great pleasure to present Dr. Robert (“Bob”) BonDurant for the Bartlett Award for
Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology. Dr. BonDurant’s integrity, intellectual curiosity, passion
for veterinary medicine and for teaching, as well as his love of students, clients and animals
deeply resonates through everything he has achieved and now carries on through the next
generation of veterinary practitioners and teachers whom he mentored. After a residency in
Food Animal Medicine and Health Management at the University of Georgia, Dr. Bondurant
joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 1977 and he was board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists in 1982. He became a full professor in 1989 in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction after establishing himself as one of the world’s leading authorities in infectious bovine reproductive disease. Bob served as Chair of the Department of Population Health and Reproduction from 1993-2008. In particular, Dr. Bondurant has an unparalleled record of achievement in research and publication in bovine Tritrichomonas foetus infections and the related immune response in cattle. He also contributed significantly to our understanding of Enzootic Bovine (Foothills) Abortion. Bob reasoned that non-pathogenic trichomonads might exist and ultimately characterized these so-called virgin-bull isolates (penta- and tetra-trichomonads), differentiated them from Tritrichomonas foetus and painstakingly examined their pathogenic potential. This work lead to confirmatory PCR tests for T foetus and changed the regulatory approach to bovine trichomonosis. In collaboration with Dr. Gary Anderson at UC Davis, Bob conducted pioneering research in fertilization in vitro, early embryonic development, transgenics, and embryonic chimerism in ruminants. He has been widely recognized during his tenure at UC Davis as a gifted and outstanding teacher of veterinary professional and graduate students, and he received the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching (1984) and the Faculty Teaching Award (2008) at UC Davis. Bob has served as mentor and trained both domestic and international residents in Veterinary Reproduction and Herd Health at UC Davis. In this regard, he directly trained more than 35 residents in Theriogenology, 14 residents from non-Theriogenology residencies, and more than 29 graduate students and visiting scholars. These trainees have contributed to the Theriogenology and medical literature and have become outstanding veterinary practitioners and faculty at major universities around the world. In 2004, Dr. Bondurant received the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. He has more than 175 publications in the primary literature and more than 13 chapters in textbooks used throughout the world by veterinary students, residents, graduate students, veterinarians, and biomedical scientists. In recognition of his commitment to the animal health industry and inspiring students and others in veterinary medicine, Merck Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners presented Dr. BonDurant, with the Mentor of the Year Award at the 2013 AABP Annual Conference. He became Professor Emeritus in 2008.

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