Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, director of the Colorado State University Equine Orthopaedic Research Center, was recently recognized with the Founder’s Award for Career Achievement, given by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the art and science of veterinary surgery by diplomats of the ACVS, and is the college’s most prestigious award.
The award credits McIlwraith for selflessly sharing his knowledge through teaching, publications and training of other veterinarians.
McIlwraith currently holds the Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair at Colorado State. He has trained more than 44 graduate students and supervised 20 residents in equine surgery
He is recognized internationally as an authority on equine orthopedics, and has written or co-written 230 research papers and ten textbooks. McIlwraith has previously been recognized with numerous honorary degrees from as far away as New Zealand, Italy and Vienna. He has lectured extensively on equine orthopedics.
"Dr. Mcilwraith has been one of the most recognized names in equine surgery and orthopedic research in the past 50 years and possibly the last century," said Dr. Alan Nixon, veterinarian and diplomat of the ACVS, who presented the award. "His work shows contributions in every area associated with the development of the principals of surgery, the quest for better techniques and medications through research, and a tireless effort to teach others and share knowledge with equine surgeons throughout the world. He is the embodiment of a combination of surgical practice and surgical research, a tireless disseminator of his extensive knowledge, and the ‘father’ of arthroscopy surgery in the horse. He is an extraordinary mentor to numerous surgeons both here and abroad."
Dr. McIlwraith received his veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in joint disease research while at Purdue. Dr. McIlwraith became board certified as a diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1979 and joined the faculty at Colorado State that same year.