Honour for vet professor

A lecturer and researcher with the University since the Institute of Veterinary and Animal Biomedical Sciences' first years, Emeritus Professor Bob Jolly was recently made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Professor Jolly joined the inaugural staff of the Veterinary Faculty in Palmerston North in 1965. The Order of Merit, awarded as part of the Queens' Birthday Honours, recognises more than forty years' service to veterinary science.

An advocate of research-based teaching, Professor Jolly's research over the decades has had an immense effect on the performance of the animal industries in New Zealand. He has been central in the development and delivery of veterinary teaching and research at the University, and his specialist research in animal pathology is internationally recognised.

Much of Professor Jolly's research has been associated with animal models of human disease, such as the study of ovine ceroid lipofuscinosis (Battens' disease) in sheep, which also affects humans. This research, and studies of diseases such as bovine mannosidosis, has provided important breakthroughs in the understanding of the diseases in humans.

He has received funding from the United States National Institutes for 23 years, and his most recent research is focused on disease in huntaway dogs, disease in merino sheep, and on polycystic kidneys in lambs.

New Zealand-born, Professor Jolly was educated in Auckland and Sydney (BVSc and PhD). Between degrees he had five years in veterinary practice in Rotorua, and, after two years on staff at the University of Guelph, Canada, he joined the University.

In 1995 Professor Jolly retired from full-time teaching, becoming a Professor Emeritus, and an honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Veterinary and Animal BioMedical Sciences.

 

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