Texas Tech University

CASNR Dean Galyean Named Among Top 20 Influential Farm Animal Veterinary Professors

George Watson

August 26, 2015

The ranking was compiled by Vet Tech Colleges to recognize the work of individuals in farm and food animal care and growth.

Michael Galyean

Michael Galyean, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University, has been recognized as one of the 20 Influential Farm Animal Veterinary Professors in the nation by Vet Tech Colleges.

The rankings represent 20 professors who have exhibited great influence in the areas of farm and food animal care and growth, according to the website's blog. The website promotes farm animal veterinarians who help keep flocks and herds disease-free in order to produce better, healthier food sources.

“I'm very honored to be included in a group of scientists and educators of this caliber,” Galyean said. “Although my name and picture might be highlighted, in reality, this recognition reflects more on the hard work and success of the students I've been privileged to work with over the years than it does on my own efforts.”

In its ranking, Vet Tech Colleges noted Galyean's research in beef cattle nutrition and management as well as his teaching and research in animal nutrition. He is the only professor from a university in Texas who was recognized.

It is the second ranking Galyean earned this summer from Vet Tech Colleges. In June, the website named him one of the 20 Outstanding Animal Science Professors for his influence not only at Texas Tech but also at New Mexico State University and Texas A&M University.

In addition to being the dean of the college, Galyean is a Horn Professor and the Thornton Chair of the Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management program in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Galyean, who earned his bachelor's degree at New Mexico State and his master's degree and doctorate at Oklahoma State University, has been on staff at Texas Tech since 1998.

“When Dean Galyean was named a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, it was a well-deserved recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher,” Texas Tech Provost Lawrence Schovanec said. “He continues to make significant contributions in these areas, in spite of his intensive administrative duties as dean. He is truly a role model for faculty and administrators at Texas Tech, and this honor speaks to his national and worldwide reputation.”

Galyean has been recognized numerous times by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), earning the Young Scientist Award in 1998, the American Feed Industry Ruminant Nutrition Research Award in 1999 and the Animal Management Award in 2006. He has served as past president of the ASAS (2007-08) and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal Sciences (2002-05). He was named an ASAS fellow in 2010.

He was honored in both 2004 and 2005 with the CASNR Outstanding Researcher Award and earned the President's Academic Achievement Award in 2005. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed journal articles.