UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Arthur L. Hattel, clinical professor of veterinary pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2017 Faculty Outreach Award.
The award honors faculty who have positively and substantially affected individuals, organizations or communities through problem solving or development as a result of extending their scholarship.
Hattel is a board certified veterinary pathologist in the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADL) Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State. Duties there include serving as the senior diagnostic pathologist on the diagnostic pathology service and conducting post mortem exams in a variety of animals. Hattel is responsible for reporting his findings to veterinarians, animal owner, government agencies and other laboratories.
At PADL, Hattel mentors and coaches young pathologists. He also joins collaborative efforts with other pathologists to produce timely and accurate diagnostics.
“For practitioners in the field this form of outreach and service is critical to help them advance animal health programs on their farms, as well as enhance the sustainability of animal agriculture within Pennsylvania,” said a nominator.
Hattel routinely shares his knowledge with veterinarians through scientific programs and demonstrations. These programs are usually held with the help of the Pennsylvania Medical Association. He’s also a presenter on the national stage, sharing his peer-reviewed research with others at national science events in the field.
Examples of Hattel’s outreach include a workshop on sheep diseases for the Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Association, formal training of veterinary staff of Marcho Veal Farms on veal calf diseases and diagnostic necropsy procedures and the common large animal diseases workshop during the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association meeting.
In addition to his outreach efforts, Hattel has been a prolific researcher and educator. He authored and co-authored 29 scholarly journal articles and presented 36 oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings and conferences worldwide. Hattel has worked with 38 veterinary students through the Residency Program in Veterinary Pathology, a program he developed.
“Hattel is clearly an outstanding professional, great mentor, teacher and an invaluable member of the department,” said a nominator and colleague. “He is among the finest examples of a true professional in higher education. He is an extraordinary role model to junior faculty members, as well as an inspiration to his undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom followed his footsteps.”