from Virginia Tech

Richard B. Talbot Papers

Special Collections,

Virginia Polytechnic Institute 

and State University Library

A Tribute to Richard B. Talbot, DVM, PhD

1933 - 1994 

A tribute from friends

Dick Talbot was a pioneer in Veterinary Informatics.  

Here is a biography of this wonderful, gregarious man, by Allen Hahn, DVM, PhD.

Some of his many accomplishments

  • DVM from Kansas State University – 1958
  • PhD from Iowa State University
  • Faculty member at Iowa State University and the University of Georgia
  • Chairman of Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and director of the Institute for Comparative Medicine at the University of Georgia
  • Dean, University of Georgia
  • Founding Dean, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech
  • After the first class graduated in 1984, he again became a Professor and served as Director of Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation at the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) while on leave from Virginia Tech

He was a consultant to

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Bureau of Health Manpower
  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • USDA
  • Hazelton Laboratories Corporation
  • And he served on The National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences

He was

  • One of the moving forces behind the formation of and chairman of the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Medical Informatics
  • Editor of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Biologicals
  • On boards of local banks and churches
  • President of the American Veterinary Computer Society (now AVI)

An inspiration to all who knew him

His life ended abruptly on September 8, 1994 with the crash of US Air 427 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We still owe him our gratitude for sharing his life with us and inspiring us. It is for him that we named this symposium and we continue to honor him each year.

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