Distinguished Alumni Award
Presented June 7, 2008
Oath and Hooding Ceremony
Steven M. Reed, DVM
Dr. Stephen Reed graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following graduation, he served as an intern and then a resident in equine medicine and surgery at Michigan State University. At the end of his residency in 1979 he accepted a faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. In 1983 he returned to Ohio to join our faculty as an assistant professor, rising to the title of professor in 1994. In 2003 Dr. Reed was named to the Jenne Professorship in Equine Medicine and Surgery. In addition to his academic appointment, Dr. Reed served the College in a number of roles including Section Head, College Development Director, and Chair of the Equine Research Committee. His numerous University activities included Faculty Senator, Chair of the Athletic Council, and a member of the University Committees on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and Faculty Compensation and Benefits. In recognition of his service, Dr. Reed received the University Award for Distinguished University Service in 2002, one of only three such awards given that year.
Dr. Reed is widely recognized for his commitment to the horse, equine veterinarians, and the equine industry. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he developed an interest in the specialty of equine neurology and became recognized as in expert in this area. He has written and spoken extensively on "wobbler syndrome", equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma, and the neurologic examination. Along with one of our surgeons, Dr. Reed established our hospital as the primary university site for surgery to stabilize cervical vertebrae as a treatment for instability.
Dr. Reed has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Schering-Plough Animal Health and World Equine Veterinary Association Award for Applied Research. This year he was chosen to deliver the Frank J. Milne Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, a singular honor annually given to a leader in equine veterinary medicine. In 2007 Dr. Reed retired from Ohio State as an emeritus professor. At the same time he chose a new career path away from academia and now works as an equine specialist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.