Dr. Christopher received her DVM from Iowa State University in 1980. She practiced small animal medicine for a period of time before returning to academia to pursue a residency and PhD at the University of Minnesota. Following completion of her residency and PhD, she spent 5 years on faculty at the University of Florida. She joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1994 and is currently a professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Throughout her career in academia, she quickly gained a reputation as an excellent teacher and became a frequent speaker at clinical pathology meetings, both in the United States and internationally. Her illustrious career in teaching resulted in many teaching awards at the University of Florida and at UC Davis to include the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, North American Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, and, most recently, has received a Fulbright Scholarship Award to study in Egypt. She has been involved in the training of 22 clinical pathology residents and has taught on most of the continents. In addition, Mary extended her efforts through her work with Veterinary Clinical Pathology, where she served as Editor-In-Chief for 12 years from 1997 to 2009. During her tenure as Editor-In-Chief, she increased the value, impact, and readership of the journal; all of which continue to have many positive effects on the Society.
Mary has shown her dedication to disseminate knowledge through many avenues to reach a worldwide audience of students, residents, practitioners, pathologists, and technical staff. The Education Committee and the Executive Board of the ASCVP wish to thank and recognize Dr. Christopher for her service to our professional community.