Jeff Tyler, DVM, PhD appeared on the cover of Bovine Veterinarian in May 2002.

University of Missouri veterinarian Jeff Tyler, 51, died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 17, 2009, at his home in Columbia, Mo.

Tyler received his DVM in 1981 from the University of Minnesota, then practiced in Iowa before completing a residency in large animal medicine and earning an MPVM and PhD from the University of California-Davis. He was a Diplomate, ACVIM in the Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine and served on the faculty at the colleges of veterinary medicine at AuburnUniversity and WashingtonStateUniversity before accepting a position at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Tyler was a tenured professor and the director of strategic initiatives in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Jeff's service to his profession included active membership in the AVMA, the ACVIM, and exam writing for the National Veterinary Licensing Examination. He worked tirelessly to develop international livestock health programs, train graduate and professional students in food animal clinical and production medicine and public health, and to promote animal agriculture, epidemiology, and veterinary public health initiatives.

Tyler is survived by his wife, Dr. Carolyn Henry, and eight children.

The family asks that those interested in making memorial donations visit the College of Veterinary Medicine Web site or contact the CVM Development Office for information on memorial funds that have been established in honor of Tyler’s passion for education, veterinary medicine, and youth soccer programs. Donations to the Jeffrey W. Tyler Youth Soccer Foundation can be made at Landmark Bank in Colubmia.

The College of Veterinary Medicine will establish a memorial gift fund in Tyler’s memory. The fund will reflect his passion for the MPH Program, food supply medicine training and programs supportive of international livestock and preventive medicine training. The Development Office (W205A) will accept contributions to this fund. Checks should be made out to the "University of Missouri" with the memo directing the contribution to the "Tyler Memorial Fund."