The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association awarded its 2007 Washington State University Faculty Member of the Year award to veterinary specialist, Patrick Gavin. The award was presented Sept. 29, during the WSVMA’s annual banquet and award ceremony in Yakima.

Gavin received the award in recognition for his long association with WSU, the WSVMA and his specialties of veterinary radiology and veterinary radiation oncology over more than a quarter century. He was one of four veterinarians worldwide who founded the veterinary cancer care specialty known as veterinary radiation oncology.

He is a member of the Radiation Research Society, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Veterinary Radiology and has been president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology Radiation Oncology Affiliate. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of boron neutron capture therapy for central nervous system cancers. He also significantly pioneered and advanced the magnetic resonance imaging or MRI in veterinary medicine. 

Gavin has published more than 125 manuscripts in scientific journals and has taught numerous graduate students. His coordination between WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the numerous veterinarians whom he has advised, collaborated and professionally trained has resulted in a more rapid development of his specialties in veterinary medicine throughout the world.