Pioneers In Virology Award

Presented to:

Dr. Paul Gibbs, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS

Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Students


College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610


Desk phone 1-352-294-4182

Mobile phone 1-352-339-3650

Professional Focus: “One World: One Health” by focusing on the Control and Prevention of Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases including those of Zoonotic Importance through Research, Education, and Policy Development


Paul Gibbs graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Bristol in England in 1967 and subsequently focused his career on the epidemiology, control and prevention of emerging viral diseases.  For nearly 10 years he worked at the Institute of Animal Health in England on diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, bluetongue, sheep pox, and rinderpest.  In 1979, he joined the newly established College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.  In Florida, apart from teaching, he has worked on several emerging problems and foreign animal diseases that threaten the USA; most recently West Nile virus encephalitis in horses, canine influenza, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. He established the University of Florida’s International Center and was Director from 1994 to 1999.  Among other responsibilities, he worked on the Peace Process in the Middle East. 

Paul’s interest in emerging diseases also involves work in the developing countries, often the least developed.  In many of these countries, educational standards are poor, children are malnourished and, not surprisingly, animal health and welfare is frequently given little attention.

He is an advisor to several universities in Europe, government/international agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. In September 2005, he was awarded the Wooldridge Medal by the British Veterinary Association and, in May 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association for his work on Emerging Diseases.


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