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ASVCP Honors Dynamic Duo

Monday, February 8 2016

Drs.Tyler, Cowell, Valenciano

Cowel, Tyler Receive 2014 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award

Drs. Rick Cowell and Ron Tyler, Sr., have been colleagues for decades, starting in veterinary college at Oklahoma State University in the 1970s. Tyler graduated in 1977 and Cowell in 1978.  They both completed their residencies in pathology at OSU and both are board certified as clinical pathologists by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.  Tyler is also certified as an anatomic pathologist and toxicologist.  Cowell earned a master’s degree while Tyler earned a doctorate at OSU. And both men spent time on the faculty of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

So,it’s not surprising that the two were honored with the 2014 ASVCP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD together.

Together Cowell and Tyler published classic texts—Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat (1989), Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse (1992), Veterinary Clinical Pathology Secrets (2004) and Atlas of Canine and Feline Peripheral Blood Smears (2014).  Cowell and Tyler are known the world over through their publications, professional presentations, research, and more.

“They are probably best known for their cytology textbook, which was the first comprehensive, organ based veterinary cytology text,” says James Meinkoth, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, and former interim head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at OSU. “It has undergone four editions and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, French and Portugese. Both have served on the ASVP certifying exam committee, published numerous diagnostic clinical pathology manuscripts and book chapters, and made many continuing education presentations. Both have served in academia as well as private diagnostic labs. Ron, of course, also has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. More importantly, both are just good people, the kind you enjoy being around. They are humble and down-to-earth people best known for an ever-present smile, infectious laughter and a firm belief that life is to be enjoyed.”

The American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes members of the Society who have contributed to the advancement of the field of veterinary clinical pathology.  Pathologists are nominated for their research, teaching or outstanding contribution to the field as well as through their work on behalf of the ASVCP.

Photo: (Left to right): Drs. Ron Tyler, Amy Valenciano and Rick Cowell. Dr. Valenciano nominated Drs. Tyler and Cowell for this prestigious award.