BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13, 2010 – Dr. Blair Meldrum, professor of biomedical sciences and pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1980, Meldrum served as the college’s associate dean for academic affairs and was founder and faculty coordinator of the toxicology diagnostic research laboratories. He made significant contributions in scholarship regarding heavy metal poisonings and treatment and in veterinary medical curriculum studies, authoring a number of publications in these areas.
He as active in several national professional societies including the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the Academic Affairs Executive Committee, the Pew National Veterinary Education Program Group, and the North American Strategic Veterinary Education Task Force.
Meldrum received the prestigious Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, which is recognized nationally as the highest teaching award given to veterinary college faculty.
Meldrum received his D.V.M degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan.