LAURELS: VP Phil Kass Honored by American Veterinary Epidemiology Society



  • Philip H. Kass, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jesús Velázquez, College of Letters and Science

Philip H. Kass, vice provost of Academic Affairs and a professor of analytic epidemiology, has been named an honorary diplomate of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society.

The society accords honorary diplomate status in recognition of “significant contributions to veterinary epidemiology, public health and One Health.”

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Philip H. Kass

Kass holds five UC Davis degrees: Bachelor of Science in veterinary medicine, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Master of Science in statistics and Ph.D. in comparative pathology (epidemiology). He did post-doctoral work in environmental epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health before joining the UC Davis faculty in 1990.

He is a former chair of the Department of Population Health and Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine, where he specializes in analyzing data to identify factors that contribute to disease in companion animals. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine.

He is also affiliated with the Graduate Group in Epidemiology: He is a former chair of the group and has twice been presented its Outstanding Faculty Award. He is also the recipient of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Faculty Teaching Award (2009-10).

He is the author or co-author of more than 600 published papers, and also has written or co-written multiple book chapters on epidemiologic methods.

Kass joined the Academic Affairs office as associate vice provost for faculty equity and inclusion in 2013 and moved up to vice provost in 2017. He still conducts research in epidemiology and teaches EPI 207, “Advanced Epidemiologic Methodology.”

The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, in naming him an honorary diplomate, acted on a nomination from Bennie Osburn, who was appointed dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, six years after Kass joined the faculty. Today, Dean Emeritus Osburn is the director of outreach and training for UC Davis’ Western Institute for Food Safety and Security.

Jesús Velázquez is among 18 chemistry faculty members across the United States chosen to receive $100,000 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards for 2022.

Jesus Velázquez headshot
Jesus Velázquez

The unrestricted research grants are given by Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, dedicated to advancing the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world.

Recipients are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education.

The foundation recognized Velázquez, a materials scientist, for his research on catalyst design for use in renewable energy, and his commitment to diversity and inclusion in chemistry education.

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