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Source: Dr. Michael Dryden, 785-532-4613,
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News release prepared by: Joe Montgomery, 785-532-4193,

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology is recognizing a Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinarian and professor of veterinary parasitology in K-State's department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, received the academy's Excellence in Teaching Award for his contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists. Dryden was recognized at the April 2010 meeting of the organization in Portland, Ore.

While Dryden is not a veterinary dermatologist, he is considered one of the world's foremost experts on fleas and ticks. One area of his clinical research program at K-State focuses on the biology and control of fleas and ticks affecting dogs and cats. These areas have significant overlap with veterinary dermatology.

Dryden has provided advanced education on external parasites and external parasiticides at the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology's resident forum in 2006, 2008 and in 2010. The annual forums are two-day intensive education programs to provide dermatology residents from around the world the latest science in veterinary dermatology prior to them sitting for the dermatology boards. Dryden also was an invited lecturer at the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology's annual meeting in 2009.

"My teaching approach at the resident forums is a combination of open questions and answers combined with PowerPoint slides to emphasize specific points with data," Dryden said. "The AAVD is an outstanding organization and to have been asked to help educate future dermatologists, let alone be recognized for those efforts, was exciting and, at the same time, humbling."

The clinical veterinary parasitology research program's areas of emphasis at K-State are flea and tick biology and control, investigating urban wildlife as vectors of parasitic diseases, and diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites. From these areas, Dryden and his research team have generated more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and more than 100 presentations at scientific meetings. In addition, Dryden has presented the group's research findings and given continuing education seminars in 22 countries.

"Our productive and highly recognized clinical veterinary parasitology research program is directly attributable to the team approach of the group," Dryden said. "Dr. Patricia Payne, veterinarian and assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, is an integral part of the program and co-author on many projects. Our three technicians also keep the program running smoothly: Vicki Smith, Deb Ritchie and Amy McBride."

Dryden earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from K-State, and a master's degree and doctorate in parasitology from Purdue University. He has been recognized numerous times for his teaching, research and service to the profession. He was awarded the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence for contributions that significantly advance our knowledge of animal health in 1995, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association's K-State Distinguished Service Award in 2005, the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second-year veterinary students in 2006, and the Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America in 2007.