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Fox Chase's Harry Rozmiarek Given Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association

PHILADELPHIA (Sepember 11, 2009) – The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association has presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to Harry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD, director of laboratory animal medicine at  Fox Chase Cancer Center. Rozmiarek was recognized for a “lifetime of dedicated service to the advancement of veterinary medicine, animal health and welfare, and laboratory animal medicine during his vast and unparalleled career.”

"We are fortunate to have someone of Harry Rozmiarek's caliber administering our laboratory animal facilities," said Jeff Boyd PhD, Fox Chase’s chief scientific officer. "His wealth of experience and his keen scientific mind has enabled him to make great progress in expanding and modernizing our facilities, which serve as the engine for almost our entire research operation.”

“On behalf of Fox Chase, I'd like to congratulate him on this honor and applaud him for the services he has rendered to both research and veterinary medicine,” added Boyd.

Rozmiarek earned his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1962 and has had a remarkable career as a veterinarian, starting with 20 years on active duty with the US Army Veterinary Corps. By the time Rozmiarek retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1983 he was Board certified in Laboratory Animal Medicine, had completed a master's degree and residency in laboratory animal medicine, earned his doctorate in immunology from The Ohio State University, and was elected national President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

While in the Army, he served as veterinarian to a number of presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon  Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.  Rozmiarek also served as attending veterinarian for the funeral horses at Arlington National Cemetery and was present in this role at the funeral for President Kennedy.  In addition to directing animal care and use programs for research animals, Rozmiarek was the consultant for laboratory animal medicine to the Surgeon General of the Army and was the first Army veterinarian to be awarded the "A" professional designator in laboratory animal medicine. Upon his retirement from the Army, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Commander’s Award from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID).

Following three years at The Ohio State University, Rozmiarek joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 as University Veterinarian.  He established Penn's University Laboratory Animal Resources program of centralized animal care and use and served as its first director. He also established and directed a formal training program for veterinarians in Laboratory Animal Medicine.  He received grant support from the NIH for laboratory animal medicine training, facilities improvement, and comparative medicine research at the University of Pennsylvania during this time and was elected President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

An accomplished scientist, Rozmiarek has authored over 60 scientific publications and presentations throughout his career, publishing extensively in the fields of immunology, toxicology, virology, infectious disease, and laboratory animal management and husbandry.

He spent one sabbatical with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL) and continues to serve as the Chair of their Science and Medicine Committee, and another sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cambridge in England studying laboratory animal welfare.  Rozmiarek received an honorary academic degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded Professor Emeritus recognition upon his retirement in 2007.  He is also a visiting Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine for the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Rozmiarek was appointed by the National Research Council in 2003 as the national representative from the United States to the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS), and currently serves on the ICLAS Governing Board.  He serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee for malaria vaccine development for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation for Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC), and on the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility for Medicine and Research (PRIM& R).  The American Veterinary Medical  Association awarded him its 1996 Charles River Prize for distinguished contributions to laboratory animal medicine, the AALAS awarded him their prestigious Griffin Award in 1995, and in 1983 he received the AALAS Research Award.  In addition to his work at Fox Chase he continues to consult actively with industry, academia and the government on laboratory animal medicine management and facility construction projects.    

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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