Donald Blenden

  • City:Columbia
  • State:MO
  • Biography:


    Date of Birth:  8-13-29

    Place of Birth:  Webster Groves MO

    Married 48 years to wife, Patty.  Son, Michael, works for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) teaches Early Childhood Development and Special Education

    Grew up in mostly urban areas.  Decided to become a veterinarian his third year in college (Animal Husbandry) and became interested in medicine.  Also interested in teaching and research in public health.  

    First practiced in Kirkwood Missouri.  First case was “a man (minister) brought in a new puppy for some reason.  I recommended distemper-hepatitis vaccination.  He took offense thinking I was selling an unnecessary service and departed.  He returned in four months, the pup having full-blown distemper, and the man was crying, guilty and worried for the pup.  The pup ultimately died.’ 


    RV travel, boating, lake life and work, electronics and amateur radio, photography. 

    Retired 1990.

    Associate veterinarian in private practice from 1956-1958

    Instructor to Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri

    Director Emeritus, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Training and Reference in Enteric Zoonoses

    Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Microbiology; and School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Department of Pathology

    Academic Experience:

    Instructor, 1957-59; Assistant Professor, 1959-63; Associate Professor, 1963-72; Professor, 1972-1990; the University of Missouri at Columbia.  Visiting Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Washington University, St. Louis MO 1965-68.  Director, Veterinary Medical Continuing Education and Extension, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1974-77.


    B.S., Animal Husbandry, University of Missouri, 1951

    M.S., Bacteriology and Preventive Medicine, University of Missouri, 1953

    D.V.M., University of Missouri, 1956

    Special Education: 

    Laboratory Diagnosis of Rabies, Missouri Division of Health, Jefferson City, 1956

    Epidemiology of Milk Borne Diseases, CDC, Atlanta, 1958

    Fluorescent Antibody Methods in the Grouping of Streptococci, CDC, Atlanta, 1962

    Laboratory Methods in Medical Mycology, CDC, Atlanta, 1960

    Management of Mass Casualties, Medical Field Service School, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, 1966

    Teaching Experience:

    Undergraduate – veterinary public health, microbiology

    Graduate – public health, epidemiology, microbiology

    Extensive contact with diversified student groups, i.e., medicine, nursing, pharmacy, animal science, etc.

    Research Experience:

    Epidemiology, microbiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases; zoonoses, especially rabies, leptospirosis, listeriosis and enteric infections; antigen detection; comparative medicine (interrelationships between man and animals).  Research assignment to MO Department of Conservation, 1983-84

    Consultant in Disaster Preparedness, USPHS Division of Health Mobilization, 1964-68

    National Consultant to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force, GS-16, 1973-78


    Consultant Professor, Epidemiology of Zoonoses, PAHO/WHO Zoonoses Center, Buenos Aires, 1968; Veterinary Public Health, National Taiwan University and the Government of Taiwan, UN/FAO, 1968; Consultant in:  Zoonoses, Chile, 1970; Leptospirosis, Barbados, 1971, Jamaica 1972, Guatemala, 1975; Rabies, Argentina, 1978, Tanzania, 1983, Nigeria, 1987, Peru, 1987; Laboratory Diagnosis of Infectious Disease, St. Lucia, 1980; Disaster Preparedness, Barbados, 1980, 1983; Epidemiology, Guyana and Antigua, 1982, Jamaica and Trinidad, 1983.  Numerous invited lectures.

    Non-academic Experience:

    Dairy Bacteriologist, 1950-52; Medical Technologist, Boone County Hospital, 1952-56; Private Practice, Kirkwood MO 1956-57; Rabies Consultant, St. Louis County Health Department, 1956-57.

    Professional Affiliations:

    American Veterinary Medical Association

    Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

    American Medical Association (Associate Member)

    American Public Health Association, Fellow

    Missouri Public Health Association

    American Society for Microbiology

    Conference of Public Health Veterinarians

    Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine

    Veterinary Amateur Radio Operators


    Sigma Xi; Phi Zeta; American Men and Women of Science; University of Missouri Faculty Alumni Award, 1975; Consultant Emeritus, United States Air Force, 1978l; Commendation from State of Missouri for service in Disaster Preparedness, 1978; Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America; Men of Achievement.

    Offices Held:

    Missouri Branch, American Society for Microbiology, President, 1962-63

    Missouri Public Health Association, Chairman, Laboratory Section, 1960; Vice President, 1966-67; Executive Board, 1960 and 1966-67; President-Elect and President, 1968-70

    University of Missouri Alumni Association, Executive Board, 1959-62

    Missouri Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, Vice President, 1961; President, 1963

    Board of Health, City of Columbia, Vice-Chairman, 1963-68

    American Board of Veterinary Public Health, Vice President, 1966-68; Council Member, 1968-72

    Conference of Public Health Veterinarians, President, 1970-71

    American Public Health Association, Vice Chairman and Chairman, Veterinary Public Health Section, 1971-73

    Specialty Certification:

    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Subspecialty of Epidemiology/Public Health); Fellow, American College of Epidemiology

    Administrative Experience:

    Extensive experience in personnel and budget management for research grants, proposals, implementation and reporting

    Director of Continuing Education and Extension in Veterinary Medicine, 1974-77

    Numerous College, Columbia Campus and national committee assignments

    Editorial review for the following journals:

    Journal of the American Public Health Association

    Public Health Reports

    Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

    Journal of Developing Areas

    American Journal of Veterinary Research


    Approximately 145 scientific and service publications, abstracts and chapters.  Since 1980, have been senior author on 12 and second author on 19 refereed papers.  Of the 19 second authorships, 10 were with advised graduate students as senior author.


    For a complete list of publications, please contact the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.





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