DVM PhD (Parasitology) DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1981, Dr Lappin completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. After two years in small animal practice in Los Angeles, he returned to the University of Georgia where he completed a small animal internal medicine residency and a PhD in Parasitology. Mike was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1987. He is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and directs the Toxoplasma gondii Serology Laboratory. He has had multiple research grants funded and is the author of more than a hundred research papers and book chapters. Mike is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. He has received the Beecham Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and is currently the Assistant Department Head for Research. Mike is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies. The Center supports clinical research for faculty and students and utilizes only naturally occurring models of disease or research animals that can be adopted. He was selected to receive the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award in 2009, and was named an Oklahoma State University Distinguished Professor in 2010. Mike was selected to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence by the ACVIM in 2014.