The Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf Endowed Professorship of Camelid Medicine


Glen Pfefferkorn with LW Harrison Ford the llama and SuSu the farm dogBuilding on two decades of generous support for the College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2013 Glen Pfefferkorn made a gift to endow a professorship in camelid medicine at OSU: the first of its kind in the nation and the college's first endowed professorship.

Now retired in Arizona, Pfefferkorn was a longtime llama rancher near Salem, Ore. He started Glenmor Forest Llamas in 1982 and during several of the 25 years it existed, the herd of 100-120 llamas was one of the largest in Western Oregon. OSU veterinary students had access to his animals for learning, and several llamas participated in research projects. Pfefferkorn and his partner Morris Wendorf established the endowed Glen Pfefferkorn/Morris Wendorf Scholarship to benefit veterinary medicine students interested in camelids: the family of animals that includes llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas.

Among other regional and national leadership roles, Pfefferkorn was a founding director of the first llama association in the Willamette Valley, now known as the North West Camelid Foundation; since 1987 this group has supported camelid medical research at OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. Pfefferkorn also has served many years on the Dean's Advisory Council. In 2006 he received the college's Distinguished Service Award for his efforts at protecting the college from state budget cuts, helping to establish a four-year veterinary program, and supporting student programs and scholarships.

 

Christopher Cebra

Chris CebraThe inaugural Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf Professor is Chris Cebra, a professor of large animal internal medicine and chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences. He has worked with camelids for more than 20 years, publishing widely on the subject. In addition to speaking on camelid research at conferences on four continents, he hosts the International Camelid Health Conference at OSU every other year: the premier gathering of veterinarians interested in camelid health care. He has received awards for both teaching and research.

Before joining the Oregon State faculty in 1997, Cebra worked at Colorado State University and Atlantic Veterinary College on Canada’s Prince Edward Island. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his V.M.D., bachelor's, and master's degrees. He earned a second master's degree from Colorado State.


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