Citing a long career of dedication to animal health, the beef industry and service to producers and veterinarians, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) presented Robert Fulton, DVM, PhD, ACVM, with the 2015 AVC Outstanding Service Award. Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the award is presented to any current or past AVC member for outstanding contributions to the AVC. 

Fulton, who most recently has served as Regents Professor and McCasland Foundation Endowed Chair for Food Animal Research, Oklahoma State University, was born in Blackwell, OK, raised on wheat and cattle farm near Blackwell and served as Captain for four years in U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps.

Over his career Fulton became known for groundbreaking work in cattle vaccines and particularly his research in bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus. In his introduction, Oklahoma State University veterinarian D.L. Step also cited Fulton’s dedication to AVC and mentoring other veterinarians.  Upon receiving the award, Fulton called the honor one of the highlights of his career.