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Patrick G. Halbur, DVM, PhD, became the interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University on July 1, 2017. He has been a professor, administrator and researcher at Iowa State since 1990. Among his many roles at Iowa State, Dr. Halbur has served as the chair of the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, executive director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and interim associate dean for public services and outreach for the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Inducted in 2017 into the National Academy of Inventors, Dr. Halbur and his collaborators have advanced diagnostic technologies and developed new vaccines for prevention and control of several emerging animal diseases leading to improved animal health, public health and food security. He holds 14 U.S. patents that have been licensed to several companies and was the recipient of the Iowa State University Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property in 2015.
Under Dr. Halbur’s leadership, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory processes over 85,000 case submissions and conducts approximately 1.25 million diagnostic tests annually, a caseload that has doubled in the last five years. The ISU VDL is the only one of its kind in Iowa, and one of only 11 fully accredited Tier 1 labs in the U.S. National Animal Health Laboratory Network. While Dr. Halbur was chair of the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State was ranked first amongst veterinary teaching hospital in food animal patient counts and the college receives more USDA funding than any other veterinary college in the nation.
Dr. Halbur is the recipient of several awards including the Howard Dunne Memorial Award from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Iowa State University Award for Departmental Leadership and in 2014 was named to the “Masters of the Pork Industry” by the National Hog Farmer magazine.
The author of over 200 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Halbur is currently serving as the president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. He is a past president of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of several veterinary associations.
Dr. Halbur received his DVM, MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University. After graduating with a DVM from Iowa State, he was a private veterinary practitioner in a mixed animal practice in Williamsburg, Iowa.