Dr. Scott Pleasant has been honored with the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, reports Virginia Tech.

Pleasant has served as a professor of equine surgery and podiatry at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech since 1991.

Emeritus titles can be bestowed upon retired professors and administrators who are recommended to the Board of Visitors by the Virginia Tech president. The title indicates the dedication and exemplary service individuals have performed during their tenure at Virginia Tech.

Pleasant’s research interests include equine lameness, inflammation and pain, and he has made significant contributions to the equine education field, advising students on PhD dissertations and master's theses, as well as being a lecturer for various industry events. Perhaps most notably, Pleasant has taken steps to bridge the gap between farriers and veterinarians over the course of his career, touching on all aspects of equine health, including farriery. 

Pleasant was part of the team that introduced Virginia Tech’s advanced farrier certificate program in 2016. The school has taken numerous measures over the years to increase the crossover training between farriers and veterinarians, stemming from the proximity of their resources and clinics. 

In December 2018, Virginia Tech named Pleasant the C.R. Roberts Professor of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, after having served as a professor of large animal clinical sciences and director of the school’s Equine Podiatry Services. In 2016, Pleasant was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame. 

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