Michael Leib, professor of internal medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 1983, Leib is an internationally respected small animal gastroenterologist whose skills in endoscopy are widely recognized. He was the principal or co-principal investigator on 45 grants researching small animal gastroenterology and internal medicine. He co-edited one textbook and authored or co-authored more than 83 peer-reviewed journal articles, 37 book chapters, and multiple reviews.

Leib is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1987, and was the college’s first William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence recipient. His clinical excellence was recognized in 2001 with the college’s Dorsey Taylor Mahin Award. He also received the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He has held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s certification examination committee — including as small animal chairman — credentials appeals committee, and nomination committee; the North American Veterinary Conference small animal program co-chair; the American Animal Hospital Association student committee; three terms as the Western Veterinary Conference GI program coordinator; and the American Veterinary Medical Association internal medicine program coordinator.

Leib also served on 16 master's degree student and two doctoral student committees.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s degree from Colorado State University, and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Georgia.

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