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McGill Named Oklahoma State University Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, September 27 2017

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Lawrence D. McGill, BS, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, has been named a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. McGill, who has been involved in private veterinary diagnostic work for more than 40 years, earned his BS and DVM degrees from OSU in 1966 and 1968 respectively.

McGill went on to earn a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology from Texas A&M University. In 1975, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Although his primary training is in anatomic pathology, McGill has extensive practical experience in clinical pathology and cytology. He has been instrumental in the growth of three different private diagnostic laboratories in Utah.

Throughout his career, McGill has been active in organized veterinary medicine including the Nebraska and Utah Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He served as president of the Utah VMA. To his knowledge, he is the only veterinarian who has chaired four different Public Relations/Communications committees, including two national organizations.

In 1990, Dr. McGill received the Utah Veterinarian of the Year Award. In 2015, he received an ACVP Presidential Award for his contributions and service.

McGill’s involvement in multiple articles and presentations led to his documentation and presentation of the Vaccine Associated Sarcoma Task Force report. He has since shared practical aspects of vaccination adverse reactions while strongly affirming the necessity of vaccinations to keep patients healthy.

He has also been associated with two National Institutes of Health research studies. McGill’s research emphasis is implant reaction and the healing response. He is associated with approximately 50 publications in various research journals.

Dr. McGill is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Utah. After several years as Clinical Pathology Section Editor for Elsevier’s Advances for Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, he was named Editor-in-Chief in January 2016.

Lawrence is active in his family, church and community including 27 years as a bass in the Utah Symphony Chorus.

Dr. McGill will be honored at a Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon to be held on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 101 at the Wes Watkins Center located on the Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus. Tickets are $36 each and can be purchased through Sharon Worrell at 405-744-5630 or sworrel@okstate.edu. All are invited to celebrate Dr. Lawrence McGill’s accomplishments.


Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu