Michael D. Lairmore, a veterinarian, cancer researcher and top administrator at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the new dean of UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lairmore’s expertise bridges multiple disciplines to address basic questions related to viral causes of cancer and the biology of retroviruses. Among his accomplishments is the development of one of the first animal models of AIDS-associated pediatric pneumonia.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, which is the health arm of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

At Ohio State, Lairmore serves as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the veterinary medical college and as associate director of the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. As associate dean for research and graduate studies, Lairmore administers a successful sponsored research and commercialization program.  He also holds two academic appointments at Ohio State: He is a professor of veterinary biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and he has an adjunct appointment in molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics in the College of Medicine.

As dean, Lairmore will also preside over the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, and the Veterinary Medicine Extension program, all at UC Davis.

“It will be an honor to serve as dean of one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world,” said Lairmore, who pointed to the school’s “extensive history of providing outstanding education for society-ready veterinarians and producing innovative research findings to address important problems ranging from clinical veterinary medicine to public health.”

Lairmore, who is board certified in two veterinary specialties – anatomic pathology and virology and immunology – has a doctorate in experimental pathology from Colorado State University. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He attended Missouri as an undergraduate biology major and was accepted into the DVM program after only three years.

At UC Davis, Lairmore will replace Bennie Osburn, who retired in June after serving 15 years as dean of the veterinary medical school. Since his retirement, Osburn has been recalled to serve as dean until Lairmore arrives in October.