Dr. Lanny Pace (left), a laboratory system director for the Mississippi State University College of Medicine, receives the Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award along with Dr. Tony M. Forshey, Ohio state veterinarian. The award was presented by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s chief operating officer, Katie Ambrose.
Dr. Lanny Pace (left), a laboratory system director for the Mississippi State University College of Medicine, receives the Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award along with Dr. Tony M. Forshey, Ohio state veterinarian. The award was presented by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s chief operating officer, Katie Ambrose.

A Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine laboratory system director recently received the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award.

Dr. Lanny Pace, executive director of MSU’s Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, was recognized by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) for his dedication to animal agriculture, specifically for involving the organization in aquaculture. Dr. Tony M. Forshey, state veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Health, also received the award.

“This award honors individuals who effectively build bridges with consumers by delivering strong, positive messages about animal agriculture,” said Katie Ambrose, NIAA chief operating officer. “Dr. Pace encouraged NIAA to dive into the world of aquaculture -- a very important industry.”

Because of Pace’s efforts, NIAA has incorporated aquaculture as part of the regular agenda for its annual conferences and established a National Roundtable for Sustainable Aquaculture. This group brings animal scientists from around the country together to discuss and collaborate on aquacultural research, which ultimately improves the health and viability of this industry.

Pace is on the NIAA board of directors as an executive committee member and recently served a year as president of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. He oversees the veterinary college’s network of four laboratories, which provide essential services to the animal agriculture industry and veterinarians in microbiology, anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, molecular diagnostics, serology and virology.

“Dr. Pace understands the Mississippi animal agriculture industry and has seen firsthand how important aquaculture is to the state, the region and the nation,” said Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “We are proud to see that his advocacy of such a vital industry has gained him national recognition.”

Pace earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from MSU and his doctorate from Louisiana State University. His area of expertise is anatomic pathology, for which he is board-certified through the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.