Dr. Michael LairmoreDean Michael Lairmore oversees all School of Veterinary Medicine teaching, research and service activities, personnel, facilities and funding resources. He presides over six academic departments, the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, Veterinary Medicine Extension, and numerous centers of excellence.

Dean Lairmore came to the School from the Ohio State University in 2011. He served as Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at their College of Veterinary Medicine, where he led a successful sponsored research and commercialization program.  He also served as Associate Director of the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. While Chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, he received unanimous praise for leading his department to new heights in research funding and scholarly achievement.

Dean Lairmore is committed to finding new ways for the faculty, residents, students and staff of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to contribute to the health of animals and people while being good stewards of the environment and the economy of California. His goals include building mission-focused programs that will continue to provide outstanding education for society-ready veterinarians and produce innovative research findings to address important problems ranging from clinical veterinary medicine to public health.

Dean Lairmore earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia before working as a dairy and small animal veterinarian. Following private practice, he completed a residency and PhD program in experimental pathology at Colorado State University at Fort Collins. He is board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology as well as veterinary virology and immunology. He is one of the few veterinarians elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and has received numerous teaching and research awards throughout his career.

Dean Lairmore is a scientist who bridges multiple disciplines to address basic questions related to viral causes of cancer. His research has provided significant breakthroughs in the biology of human retroviruses and the understanding of viral-associated carcinogenesis. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications.