2014 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Drs. Rick L. Cowell and Ronald D. Tyler
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2014 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Drs. Rick L. Cowell and Ronald D. Tyler

Congratulations to Drs. Rick Cowell and Ron Tyler! The ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 2004, recognizes members of the Society who have contributed to the advancement of the field of veterinary clinical pathology. The award is presented at our Annual Meeting. A call for nominations for the award is put out to ASVCP members. This year, dual awards are being presented to two Society members who have had a close association with one another.

Drs. Cowell and Tyler both received DVM degrees and residency training in pathology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Cowell received his MS degree and Dr. Tyler his PhD from that same institution. Both are board certified as clinical pathologists by the ACVP, and Dr. Tyler is also certified as an anatomic pathologist. Each spent a portion of his career on the faculty of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, though both also have had significant professional accomplishments at other institutions.

They are perhaps most widely known for their classic texts, Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat and Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse, first published in 1989 and 1992, respectively. The following passages from letters of support for the dual nomination of these two fine individuals give insight into the contributions they have made:

Why are they deserving of this award? Just say the words 'Cowell and Tyler' in any roomful of veterinary clinical pathologists, anywhere in the world, and the reason will be clear. Every clinical pathologist and trainee alive knows the original 'bible' of veterinary cytology by that name! During my residency training that text was always within arm's reach, as the new edition is today. Not all books can stand the test of time, but this remains as significant a contribution to veterinary clinical pathology as was the first edition published over 20 years ago.-Robin W. Allison, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP; Oklahoma State University

From the early years of my interest in Veterinary Clinical Pathology as a veterinary undergraduate and as a veterinary clinical pathology resident, the Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat and the Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse were my core textbooks. Even as I progress through my career I frequently refer back to these texts.-Kate English, BSc, BVetMed, FRCPath, MRCVS; Royal Veterinary College, University of London

The initiative of Drs. Cowell and Tyler to help train students, practicing veterinarians, and residents in the art of cytology is inspiring. And their outreach beyond the textbook has been extensive, both regarding presentations on interpretation of clinical pathology and research that has enhanced our knowledge of clinical pathology.-Mary Nabity DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVP; Texas A&M University.

Both Rick and Ron have endless achievements, publications, and talks behind them, and ahead of them as well. Many students have benefitted from their generosity and knowledge.-Amy C. Valenciano, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP; IDEXX Laboratories, Dallas

They say a teacher can be a changing factor in someone's life if they improve both your professional and personal life. Rick Cowell was one of those for me. Because of his books, journal articles, conferences and other scientific contributions, Rick Cowell was a pioneer that literally helped define our specialty.-Sylvie Beaudin DVM, Diplomate ACVP; IDEXX Laboratories, Montreal

Although I "know" Drs. Cowell and Tyler best because of their book, I also have had the opportunity to meet both at professional meetings and committee work. Given their towering reputation in the field, one might expect a level of arrogance from the two, but this is entirely missing. Rather, both are extremely friendly and generous…. They have done much more in the field than just write a book. Both have been huge contributors in all aspects of clinical pathology including teaching, service, research, and industry.-David Fisher, DVM, Diplomate ACVP; IDEXX Laboratories, West Sacramento.

They are probably best known for their cytology textbook, which was the first comprehensive, organ based veterinary cytology text. It has undergone 3 editions, and the second edition was translated into Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Korean. In addition, 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 very good people, the kind you enjoy being around. In a world that is sometimes driven by egos and territorialism, both 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—at work as well as during your free time.-James Meinkoth, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP; Oklahoma State University

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