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Honoring Dr. Roger Panciera with new classroom building

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that its new classroom building will be named the Roger J. Panciera Education Center in honor of the late Roger J. Panciera, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, Professor Emeritus and world renowned veterinary pathologist.

“Dr. Panciera has unequivocally advanced the discipline of veterinary pathology through sustained contributions in the education of veterinary students, pathology residents and mentoring of faculty,” said Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college. “The hallmark of Dr. Panciera's teaching philosophy was developing thought processes rather than relying on memorization.  There are two important testimonies to his distinction as an educator. First, Dr. Panciera has been recognized over the years by students and faculty colleagues as a recipient of many teaching awards. Second, as an excellent teacher, Dr. Panciera has inspired many others to become teachers as well.

“Numerous graduates of Oklahoma State have entered and/or completed residency training programs, and as members of the ACVP, are distributed around the world in academia, research, industry and the armed forces,” continued Risco. “Each, in their own way, has made important contributions to the discipline of pathology and in service to the ACVP. All have been influenced by Dr. Panciera, and indeed most have made pathology a career because of the enthusiasm, energy and passion that Dr. Panciera shared for the discipline of veterinary pathology.”

Dr. Panciera is responsible, in whole or in part, for original descriptions of several important conditions in cattle. Among them are:

  • determining the pathogenesis of Histophilus somni septicemia;
  • conducting extensive studies of lesions, pathogenesis and models of shipping fever pneumonia in cattle, particularly the role of Mannheimia haemolytica;
  • providing first descriptions of hairy vetch (Vicia villosa) poisoning in cattle; and
  • was the first to recognize and describe Cryptosporidium infection in calves with diarrhea.

classroom building rendering from above

classroom building rendering inside classroom

Throughout his career, all of which was spent at OSU, Dr. Panciera received teaching awards, service awards, and recognition for his research including:

  • Norden Teaching Award (1966, 1975, 1992)
  • Founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (1970)
  • 1st recipient of the OSU CVM Distinguished Alumnus Award (1974)
  • Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year (1992)
  • Charles Lewis Davis Foundation’s Harold W. Casey Teaching Award (1999)
  • Distinguished Member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (2006)
  • OSU Alumni Hall of Fame (2009)
  • Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame (2010)
  • Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (2016)

If you would like to honor Dr. Panciera and support the Roger J. Panciera Education Center, please contact Ashley Hesser, assistant director of development at the OSU Foundation, at or 405-385-0715.

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 |

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