American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM)

Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award

Michael W. Dryden DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVM

“Theory and Application of Modern Flea Control 

University Distinguished Professor

Kansas State University

American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM)

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a veterinary microbiologist who has distinguished themselves by a career that has made important contributions to the field of veterinary microbiology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or service.

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Dr. Michael Dryden is the 2017 American College of Veterinary Microbiology Distinguished Microbiologist.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1982 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1984 from Kansas State University. At Purdue University he earned both a Masters Degree (May 1988) and a PhD (May 1990) in Veterinary Parasitology. It was while a graduate student at Purdue that the veterinary students started calling him “Dr. Flea”. He has been on the faculty of Kansas State since 1990 where he is a Full Professor in the Department Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.

His research has changed the veterinary profession’s understanding of flea and tick ecology. In addition, his research team has developed novel methods for evaluating flea and tick control products and proposed new concepts that revolutionized flea and tick control. Between 1988 and 2017 these various research efforts have resulted in over 140 published journal articles and 13 book chapters, a pictorial atlas of veterinary parasitology and being invited to lecture in over 20 countries. Dr. Dryden has served on numerous national, international, and university committees. Including serving as a board member on the International Ectoparasite Symposium, the National Conference on Urban Entomology and was a founding member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.