Michael W. Thomas

Phone: 278-4288
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Biography: A love of teaching led Dr. Thomas to leave a thriving veterinary practice 22 years ago to join the faculty at California State University, Fresno. He is primarily involved in teaching pre-veterinary students and leading practical research projects during his years at Fresno State. He is also the campus representative and coordinator for the California Agricultural Leadership Program, a statewide leadership foundation to improve leadership skills within the agriculture community. Being a strong advocate of hands-on experience, he took a leave from the department in the fall of 2001 to direct the Solutions Center. As director of the center he led a campus-wide program which coordinates programs for teams of students seeking to answer specific, real-world problems posed by industry.

As an educator, Dr. Thomas has 22 years experience teaching animal health, infectious diseases and other pre-veterinary courses. He is an advisor for pre-vet students in the department and faculty advisor for the Pre-Veterinary Association. In 1999, Dr. Thomas prepared a proposal for a new Animal Science GE course, which was accepted by the General Education Committee and is now available to students of all majors. The course, Animals and Society, deals with ethics, appropriate care and use of animals in our society including therapeutic uses. Currently, three sections of the course are offered each semester.

Education and Related Experience

Education: BS: Animal Science, Brigham Young University; DVM: Washington State University

Veterinary Practice: 1983-1985 – Eastern Washington and Western Oregon, Large Animal Practice

Campus Positions: Professor, Animal Sciences – 1985 – present