Topeka, Kan. | , January 5, 2000
Dr. Jacob E. Mosier, professor emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., is the 2001 recipient of the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented annually by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. to honor a veterinarian who has significantly contributed to the health and well-being of companion animals through a lifetime of service.
Dr. Mosier will be honored during the opening ceremonies of the North American Veterinary Conference, Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Marriott’s Orlando World Center Hotel in Orlando, Fla.
“Jake Mosier’s attributes, values, and lifetime achievements truly emulate those of Dr. Mark L Morris, Sr.,” said Ralph C. Richardson, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Internal Medicine, Oncology) and Dean of theCollege of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University (KSU). “Dr. Mosier, and the late Dr. Morris, personify the essence of the values of veterinary medicine. They both devoted a lifetime to service and contributed to the welfare of companion animals and service for the public good.”
During his 47-year career at the College of Veterinary Medicine at KSU, Dr. Mosier served as head of the department of Surgery and Medicine and director of the Dykstra Veterinary Hospital for 20 years. Since his retirement in 1992, he has continued to serve the university as head of the scholarship committee. In 1996, KSU renamed the Veterinary Clinical Science Building at the university in Dr. Mosier’s honor.
His commitment to people and their pets included traveling across the U.S. and to Canada and Australia to present educational programs for veterinarians and students, as well as breeders, including a number of national breed clubs, and pet owners.
Mary Beth Leininger, DVM, Director of Professional Affairs for Hill’s, and former AVMA President, said, “It is an honor to recognize Dr. Jake Mosier with this award. He is a man of extraordinary accomplishment who has contributed to the veterinary profession in many ways. By his gentle example, he showed generations of veterinarians that by compassion and outreach we make a difference in the lives of people and pets everywhere. Truly, he elevates and enriches us all.”
“Dr. Mosier is a very deserving recipient of the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award because of his distinguished career in veterinary medicine,” said Mark L. Morris, Jr. DVM. “I know that my father would be very pleased.”
In recognition of his lifetime of service, Hill’s is making a $20,000 donation to the Morris Animal Foundation in Dr. Mosier’s name. The Morris Animal Foundation, founded in 1948, improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about these studies.
“I was surprised and elated when I found out that I was to receive the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Mosier. “I am impressed to be in the company of the previous winners and especially excited because this award is named for Dr. Mark Morris who led us all in the care of small animals.”
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. manufactures Science Diet® brand pet foods, sold through veterinarians and finer pet food stores, and Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic foods available only through veterinarians. Founded more than 50 years ago by one veterinarian’s unique commitment to pet nutrition and well being, Hill’s® follows its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets by producing the most scientifically advanced, highest quality pet foods available.