Dr. David Twedt, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is the recipient of the 2020 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence.
This award is presented annually to an ACVIM diplomate in recognition of outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession.
Twedt joined the Colorado State University faculty in 1978 and has a distinguished career as a professor, mentor, scientist, speaker and professional volunteer. He is known worldwide for discoveries in liver and gastrointestinal disease in dogs and cats. He has developed techniques using endoscopy and laparoscopy, which rely on thin, lighted tubes and specialized cameras to visualize a patient’s internal structures.
Twedt is a decorated specialist who has received numerous awards such as the Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher award and the Animal Medical Center Outstanding Alumni Award. He is also a prolific author in his field having published over 125 peer-reviewed articles, 107 chapters in books and 97 research abstracts. He has authored one book and served as the co-editor of Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy, volumes 14 and 15, for whom this award is named.
“Dave is a gifted scientist, a dedicated educator, a caring clinician and a selfless volunteer. Above all he is a kind, generous and caring human being. I can think of no one more deserving to receive the 2020 Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence,” said fellow nominator and ACVIM diplomate, Dr. Joerg Steiner.
About the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine. With more than 3,000 members, the ACVIM is dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through the education, training, and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care.