Richard Keith Harris, DVM, DACVP, became interim dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine on Dec. 1, 2016. Dr. Harris also serves as head of the Department of Pathology and is the first holder of the Barry G. Harmon Professorship of Veterinary Pathology. He joined the College in 2008.
In his role as department head Dr. Harris has been responsible for all aspects of the service, teaching and research missions of the Department of Pathology and for the state veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Athens and Tifton, Georgia.
Prior to joining to UGA in 2008, Dr. Harris spent 11 years in the pharmaceutical industry, serving in a number of executive positions at Wyeth Research, Pharmacia Corporation and GD Searle. Prior to that, he served for more than 20 years as a veterinary officer and pathologist in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a full colonel and serving his last four years as chair of the Department of Veterinary Pathology, at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Dr. Harris has received a number of awards and recognitions including the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Presidential Award from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He has served in a number of capacities in the ACVP, including membership on the examination committee and the executive council, and as its president. He is currently the chair of the ACVP certifying examination board.
Dr. Harris is also a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology. He is currently licensed as a veterinarian in Georgia.
Dr. Harris earned both his undergraduate and his DVM degrees from Texas A&M University and completed a residency program in veterinary pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.