Dr. Michael Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine and the assistant department head for research. His research focuses on feline infectious and immune-mediated diseases; specifically, prevention of infectious diseases, vaccine-associated side effects, the upper respiratory disease complex, infectious causes of fever, infectious cases of diarrhea, and zoonoses of cats.
Lappin has won several awards, including the Beecham Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He sits on the editorial board for Feline Medicine and Surgery and Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian, and he serves as the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies.
Lappin holds a Ph.D. in parasitology from the University of Georgia. He is editor of the textbook Feline Internal Medicine Secrets, and the former chairperson of both the AAFP Panel on Feline Zoonoses and the AAFP Bartonella Panel.