May 21, 2010

In the Spotlight - Celebrating the Work of Dr. Milton Friend

Doctor of Science Honorary Degree Recently Awarded to Dr. Friend

The staff of the Wildlife Disease Information Node would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Milton Friend for his recent honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented May 14, 2010. Dr. Friend is the founder and emeritus director of the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Friend has spent his distinguished career working in the wildlife health field. His efforts have spanned the United States and include many national/international collaborations to develop wildlife health programs, address specific wildlife disease issues, and provide training and instruction on diseases of wildlife. Dr. Friend developed the concept for and created the NWHC, established in 1975, to address wildlife disease events occurring at the national level. The NWHC was the first federal program that focused on national wildlife health issues. Today, the NWHC is an essential part of the surveillance and study of wildlife and environmental health.

In recent years, Dr. Friend has focused on the connection between human, domestic animal and wildlife health and the need for a consolidated strategy to address disease at an ecosystem level. He has published two award-winning books: Field Manual of Wildlife Diseases (a revised and expanded edition of this publication is available here) and Disease Emergence and Resurgence: The Wildlife-Human Connection. Thank you for your work with the wildlife health community, Dr. Friend!

Beyond his work with the NWHC, Dr. Friend is an accomplished photographer. An example of his work is included in this post.