Dr. Raymond F. Sis, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, will be presented with the 2013 Alumni Recognition Award from Kansas State University at the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on July 22 in Chicago, Illinois. This award recognizes the effort and devotion of veterinarians in advancing the profession through exemplary careers which have served as role models for future alumni and veterinary practitioners.
The impact that Dr. Sis has had in the field of veterinary medicine can be measured by the thousands of animals and individuals he has helped throughout his life – from his leadership role as Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, to that of teacher and surgeon. He credits the impact Kansas State University has had on the development of his career with creating the foundation for his success.
“I am delighted, honored, and humbled to receive this award, because I am very proud of my alma mater,” Dr. Sis said. “K-State has really made a difference in my life. I am thankful to the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association for honoring me with this award and I thank the University for giving me the education I needed to become a veterinarian. I am grateful to my wife, Jan, and our children and grandchildren for their many years of support.”
Award recipients are typically selected either by the executive board of the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (VMAA), at the pleasure of the VMAA president or by an awards committee established by the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine which includes the VMAA president or a designated representative.
Commenting in a press release from Kansas State University, Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine stated, “Dr. Sis’ career has been exemplary – from being a highly skilled surgeon as well as productive scientist and educator to becoming an inspiring leader in veterinary education. It is not often we have the opportunity to recognize the dean of a veterinary program, particularly in a national setting such as at the AVMA convention. We are very proud to recognize his outstanding career through this award.”
Dr. Raymond Sis earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1953, and later his DVM in 1957, both from Kansas State. After leaving K-State, he served as a base veterinarian in the United States Air Force for four years, and then became an environmental health officer in the Air Force Reserve for 25 years. During his tenure, Dr. Sis received the Air Defense Command Commendation, the Air Force Commendation Medal for his work in the Newcastle Disease Eradication Project in California, in 1972, and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.
Prior to joining SGU, Dr. Sis taught for 35 years at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Shortly after joining the faculty at TAMU, he was promoted to full professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy. He held that position for 15 years, and at various times during that span he was also the course director for every course in his department’s curriculum. For nine years, Dr. Sis codirected both the Aqua Med program and the Aquatic Animal Medicine Continuing Education Program.
Dr. Raymond Sis was appointed dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in April 2003, and is responsible for leading the school through the meticulous accreditation process with the Grenadian Ministry of Education in February 2010, and the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in September 2011. He is internationally recognized for his work in veterinary medicine, and has presented more than 55 scientific presentations to a diverse audience. He has also authored and co-authored over 75 publications.
St. George’s University congratulates Dr. Raymond Sis on this prestigious award and his dedicated service to the veterinary profession.