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Black Veterinary History

Zalk Veterinary Medical Library highlights Black veterinarians and veterinary history from their collection and beyond.


Tsegaye Habtemariam


Dr. Tsegaye Habtemariam began his tenure at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1979 as an associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine (now College of Veterinary Medicine).  He ascended the academic and administrative ranks, becoming professor of epidemiology and biomedical informatics in 1984, director of the international center for tropical animal health (1986-89), associate dean for research and graduate studies (1999-2005), and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health (2006-2014).  His honors and awards are numerous and include distinctions as the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, honorary member of the American Epidemiology Society, president of the World Association of Veterinary Educators, and vice-chair of the Association of Minority Health Profession Schools.  Following his deanship, Habtemariam returned to the Department of Pathobiology as a tenured professor of epidemiology and biomedical informatics.  He continued his academic work through engagement in teaching and research in the veterinary and public health programs, as well as in the college's two Ph.D. programs (Interdisciplinary Pathobiology and Integrative Biosciences) until his retirement in 2019.