Michael W. Thomas
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