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WVU professor receives veterinary service award for dedication to West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Professor Robert Dailey was awarded the 2022 West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Service Award for his significant impact on the profession through teaching and mentoring students.  

Dailey, professor of reproductive physiology in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, was nominated by colleagues Margaret Minch, teaching professor of veterinary medicine, and George Seiler, visiting professor of veterinary sciences.   

Victoria Staples, association coordinator for the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, said the board of directors voted to award Dailey for his service and dedication to the profession of veterinary medicine and students of West Virginia. 

“What stands out to me most about Dr. Dailey’s work is his passion for mentoring and teaching students,” Staples said. “He is so dedicated in preparing them to succeed in veterinary school and beyond.” 

Before Dailey accepted his award at the association luncheon in November, Minch detailed his outstanding record of service since coming to WVU in 1977, where he became a founding member and integral part of the internationally recognized reproductive physiology program. 

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“His efforts in the classroom, research laboratory and collaboration around the country have earned Dr. Dailey a pre-eminent reputation as a faculty member and reproductive physiologist,” Minch said. “He has been a steadfast advocate for students and dairy producers throughout the state of West Virginia.” 

Dailey was instrumental in establishing the West Virginia Dairy Quality Assurance Program and has served as coach of the WVU Dairy Judging Team since 1977. A longtime fixture at the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia State Dairy Show, the latter was dedicated to him in 2001. 

When the Davis-Michael Scholars Program was established in 1998, Dailey was chosen to lead the program that is tailored for pre-veterinary students, and he still leads the program today. He tracks undergraduate student enrollment numbers, advises pre-veterinary students (both past and present), mentors aspiring professionals and analyzes acceptance rates, program success and student placement. 

“His teaching contributions, research activity and the post-graduation success of his students have brought much positive attention to WVU and the state,” Minch concluded. 

The West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association is committed to the advancement of veterinary knowledge, animal health and service to the public. 

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design envisions a world sustainably fed, clothed and sheltered. To learn more about the Davis College, visit Keep up with the latest updates and news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @WVUDavis. 



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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design    


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