Professional Profile

Michael Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM, is a University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University. He received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, spent 2.5 years in private practice and the received his M.S. & Ph.D. in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University. Dr. Dryden is the author or co-author of >140 journal articles, 13 book chapters and >100 presentations at scientific meetings. He has lectured in 22 countries, presenting > 1,000 invited seminars at national and international meetings. Current research efforts are directed towards investigating the biology and control of fleas and ticks parasitizing dogs and cats and the diagnosis & control of gastrointestinal parasites.


  • 1995 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence for contributions that significantly advance our knowledge of animal health
  • 2005 Kansas Veterinary Medical Association’s “KSU-Distinguished Service Award”
  • 2006 Bayer Animal Health, Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second year veterinary students
  • 2006 Frick Professor of Veterinary Medicine. An endowed professorship recognizing and honoring a faculty member who has developed an exemplary national and international reputation in veterinary medicine
  • 2007 Entomological Society of America NC Branch Recognition Award in Urban Entomology
  • 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Recognizing contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists at American College of Veterinary Dermatology Residents’ Forum
  • 2010 Veterinarian of the Year presented at the Purina® Pro Plan® 56th Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards, presented by Dogs In Review® at the Grand Hyatt in New York City
  • 2011 Honored with the designation of “University Distinguished Professor” at Kansas State University. The UDP designation represents the highest honor Kansas State University can bestow on its faculty, an award that recognizes those making outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and service to their professions and communities
  • 2011 Designated a Charter Diplomate in Parasitology in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology
  • 2014 Dr. William and Deanna Pritchard Veterinary Service and Outreach Award for Exemplary Service and Outreach
  • 2015 E. R. Frank Award. To honor veterinarians who have contributed positively and significantly to Veterinary Medicine through their long-term service to the Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2015 American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists Distinguished Parasitologist of the Year
  • 2016 Bayer Animal Health, Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second year veterinary students
  • 2017 American College of Veterinary Microbiology Distinguished Microbiologist of the Year


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