UC-Davis veterinary faculty dean to step down

Dr. Michael Lairmore announced that he will step down as dean of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in June.

Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dean of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has directed the veterinary school for nearly 10 years. (Courtesy UC-Davis)

During his almost 10 years as dean, Dr. Lairmore was responsible for research, service activities and funding for the veterinary school. He also increased mental health support by creating a counseling and career service center. Launched $ 500 Million Veterinary Medical Center Campaign to Expand Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, which has raised more than $ 100 million; led efforts to increase research support at the veterinary school; and increased infrastructure and academic support for One Health Institute, which received more than $ 200 million for programs such as the Predict project to detect pandemic zoonotic viruses.

Dr. Lairmore was President of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and a member of the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has a PhD in experimental pathology. He is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Dr. Lairmore is also board certified in Veterinary Anatomical Pathology and Veterinary Virology and Immunology. He has conducted research focused on the biology of human retroviruses and viral-associated carcinogenesis. He has authored or co-authored 190 scientific publications.

He joined UC-Davis through Ohio State University, where he served as Assistant Dean of Research and Studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine and as Assistant Director of the University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Lairmore will take a sabbatical year and then continue his career as a Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.