Alexander A. Ardans, DVM

Title: Veterinarian, Educator, Retired Lab Administrator

Location: Davis, California, United States

Alexander Ardans, Veterinarian, Educator, Retired Lab Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in veterinary medicine and education.

Dr. Ardans grew up on a ranch where he spent plenty of time outdoors. This background helped inform his decision to go into veterinary medicine. He first began working in forestry but didn’t feel connected to the field. When he looked at the catalog for majors at the University of Nevada, where he first started to go to school, the field of veterinary medicine popped out to him and he was soon on his way to becoming a veterinarian. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a DVM as the University of California at the 1963 and 1965, respectively. He later earned a Master of Science at the University of Minnesota in 1969.

Dr. Ardans began teaching at Colorado State University in 1965 and a year later joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota. From 1969 to 1974, he worked at the University of California as an assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1974, he was made an associate professor and in 1980, was honored with a full professor position at the institution. He also served as the Director of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab Systems from 1987 to 2008. Throughout his career, Dr. Ardans maintained professional affiliation with the National Academy Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the California Veterinary Medical Association and the Conference Research Workers in Animal Disease. He received the Pope Award in 2000, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Alumni Award from the University of California.

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