Dr. Mo Salman, a veterinarian known for his work bringing international countries together to focus on animal health, has been named this year's recipient of the Scholarship Impact Award, one of the highest annual honors given by Colorado State University.
He was honored with the award at the Celebrate Colorado State! Luncheon on April 29. The award, given by Colorado State's Office of the Vice President for Research, includes $10,000 to support Dr. Salman's research. Dr. Salman, a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, addresses animal health issues that impact economic and human health across the globe.
“We are very proud of Dr. Salman and his outstanding efforts in the international community, including working under dangerous conditions in Iraq to help improve human and animal health,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “His efforts in support of the healthier communities have had a positive impact around the world.”
Today a U.S. citizen, Dr. Salman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where he received his veterinary degree in 1973. He moved to the United States in 1978 and has been a professor at Colorado State since 1984, following teaching and research positions at the University of California-Davis.
In 2002, Dr. Salman helped establish the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State. The institute is devoted to addressing animal health around the globe on the principle that protecting animal health can help countries maintain or obtain economic stability, protect an important resource, and help to protect the health and stability of citizens within those countries. Dr. Salman's work often focuses on helping countries identify and combat zoonotic diseases, or diseases that can spread from animals to humans, such as bird flu. He also has played a significant role as a representative on international panels focused on world health, helping the United States government address animal health.
Dr. Salman's numerous recognitions to date include a Fulbright Scholarship in 1991, the American Humane Association's Waco F. Childers award in 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrative Award for Animal Health in 2007, and the American Veterinary Medical Association's 12th International Veterinary Congress Award in 2007.