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ACZM Murray E. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award

2022 Murray Fowler Award Winner

Murray E. Fowler is recognized as the father of zoological medicine - a term that he gave the specialty he launched at University of California, Davis in 1967. Dr. Fowler was widely regarded for his teaching, scholarship and clinical practices that have been used to train veterinarians at zoos, universities and wildlife centers globally. He authored the first textbook on zoo animal medicine and was an author or editor of more than 25 books and more than 250 academic papers.  Dr. Fowler was a founding member of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM), the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and the American College of Veterinary Toxicology (ACVT). He was a charter member and past-President of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM), past-President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), and was a member of many other professional organizations including the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV), the Brazilian zoo veterinarians (they even have a group called Groupo Fowler in his honor). He served as Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. (1977-1988), and he was a Trustee of the Morris Animal Foundation (1981-1986), supporting a research fund for wildlife health. During his long career he was a mentor to many of the leaders in the field of zoological medicine today and this award is one way the ACZM will contribute to keeping his legacy alive.

The 2022 recipient of the Murray Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award is
Dr. James Carpenter.

Dr. James (Jim) Carpenter is this year's recipient of the ACZM's Murray E. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Carpenter is a professor of zoological medicine at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a clinician and researcher for almost 5 decades, with notable research in areas such as the pharmacokinetics of antibiotics and analgesics in zoological species, clinical medicine, and parasites. He led the development of an internationally recognized training program in zoological medicine at Kansas State and has trained over 44 interns and residents from around the world. Dr. Carpenter has authored over 185 scientific manuscripts, 47 book chapters, and 250 proceeding articles, and is a co-editor of "Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery" and editor of "The Exotic Animal Formulary". He has served as editor for the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and has served the zoological medicine community as a past president of the ACZM, AAZV, and AAV. Owing to his dedication and service to zoological medicine, he has been awarded numerous awards including the AAZV Emil Dolensek Award, Exotic DVM of the Year, Oklahoma State Veterinarian of the Year, and the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award. A fitting tribute to his dedicated service to local zoos, the Manhattan Sunset Zoo named their Veterinary Health Centre after him. Dr. Carpenter's significant lifetime contributions have advanced the discipline of zoological medicine and contributed greatly to the success of ACZM Diplomates and the College. He unequivocally exemplifies what this award named in honor of the late Dr. Murray Fowler represents.

Award Information:
This award recognizes an ACZM Diplomate that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and contributions to the ACZM while making significant lifetime contributions that have advanced the discipline of zoological medicine. This award was created in honor of Murray Fowler, who was also the award's first designee in 2014. The award was accepted posthumously by Dr. Fowler's wife, Audrey. The award is presented at the annual ACZM business meeting. It is awarded to no more than one Diplomate per year and will only be awarded in years when a Diplomate has been nominated by a member of the college and successfully approved by the ACZM Executive Committee.
To nominate a Diplomate for the ACZM Murray E. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award a diplomate must submit a letter that provides the reasons for the nomination, two additional letters of support from ACZM members, and the individual's CV.  All nomination materials are sent to the ACZM secretary (

Prior Recipients:
2022: Dr. James Carpenter

2021: Dr. R. Eric Miller

2020: Dr. Donald Janssen

2018: Dr. Mitch Bush

2017: Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf

2016: Dr. Kay Mehren

2015: Dr. Dick Montali

2014:  (Inaugural) Dr. Murray E. Fowler