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Dr. John Stick received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974. He completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Purdue University and a residency in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell. John joined the faculty of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine as Assistant Professor in 1977 and was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1981. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and to Professor in 1988. Since 1992, he has served as Chief of Staff of Michigan State’s Large Animal Hospital.
John has served as primary advisor or committee member for 26 graduate students in addition to supervising the clinical training of 26 residents in equine surgery. During his career, he has received grant support of over $640,000 for 31 research projects. His investigations and clinical work have resulted in authorship on more than 90 scientific publications as well as nearly 200 abstracts, book chapters, and proceedings. Dr. Stick is co-author with Dr. Jorg Auer of the benchmark textbook, "Equine Surgery," now in its 4th edition. He has delivered 60 invited presentations locally, nationally, and internationally. Throughout his career, John has simultaneously remained extremely engaged in Michigan State's Large Animal Clinic, contributing 39 weeks of clinical service each year.
Dr. Stick also has been active in many professional organizations. He served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Michigan Equine Practitioners Association, a member of the Board of Regents and as President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, as liaison to the Equine Welfare Committee and as Vice President of CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network Thorougbred Ex-Racehorses), an organization dedicated to rehabilitating retired racehorses as riding horses and pets.
John has been the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association and was named an Honorary Alumnus of Michigan State’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his longstanding service contributions. He has served on the editorial review board of several veterinary journals and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, the largest charitable organization in the world devoted to disease of horses.
Dr. Stick's career has been devoted to training veterinary students and residents, improving the health and welfare of horses through service and research, and providing leadership for several professional veterinary organizations. For his role in teaching and leadership, his devotion to the advancement of equine health and wellness, and his tireless advocacy for the welfare of horses, we are pleased to recognize John as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Veterinary Medicine.