Dr. Mary Anna Thrall received the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis, at the organization’s annual conference on March 8, in Alexandria, Va. She is recognized for her dedication to education, teaching excellence, and contributions to advancing the veterinary profession.
“The goal of the AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award is to recognize excellence in veterinary professional education and Dr. Thrall is an exceptional honoree,” said Dr. Deborah Kochevar, President of the AAVMC. “Dr. Thrall joins an elite group of prior recipients whose passion for education and dedication in the classroom and laboratory are an inspiration for their students and their colleagues.”
Dr. Thrall was born and raised in Indiana, where she studied as an undergraduate and began her teaching career in biology and education at the University of Evansville. She completed her DVM at Purdue University and moved to Greeley, Colo., to enter private practice in clinical care.
In 1975, Dr. Thrall began a residency graduate program with the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Shortly after completing her MS degree, Dr. Thrall joined the CSU faculty as a Professor of Pathology in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology.
During her 32 years on the faculty at Colorado State University, Dr. Thrall helped train 42 veterinary clinical pathologists and 24 graduate students. Her research won several award grants from the National Niemann-Pick Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.
Proactive in continuous education, Dr. Thrall has provided more than 275 scientific presentations and educational programs around the world. Her work has been published in more than 135 scientific publications and book chapters, including her own clinical pathology textbook, Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry. The book is used worldwide for veterinary training in clinical pathology.
Dr. Thrall left CSU to accept the position as a Professor and Section Chief of the Department of Pathobiology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, teaching clinical pathology to more than 300 veterinary students each year.
Though she is no longer an employee of CSU, Dr. Thrall upholds the Aggie tradition through her profound impact on veterinary education. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences congratulates Dr. Thrall on her award, as it is a reflection of her years of service to CSU and her contributions to training veterinary professionals.
In addition to the AAVMC award, Dr. Thrall’s accomplishments have been recognized by several organizations: the Association for Women Veterinarians Distinguished Service Award, a Colorado State University Distinguished Faculty Award, the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award, the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lifetime Achievement Award, and named a “Pillar of Pathology” by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.