The Class of 1963 Distinguished Lecture will be given by alumnus, Dr. Mike Bunning, as the keynote presentation at Fall Conference on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 at 8 a.m. His presentation is titled "Veterinary Career - The Long and Winding Road."
Bunning received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and is a retired United States Air Force Public Health Officer, full Colonel.
Bunning began his veterinary career as a mixed animal/dairy veterinarian and was a practice owner in western Oklahoma. He served as Center for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, covering the Nipah virus following an outbreak of the disease in pigs and people in Malaysia and Singapore.
During his time in the military, Bunning led the Provincial Reconstruction Team – Baghdad health team, integrating all health activities for the Office of Provincial Affairs, United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He was responsible for coordinating with the Iraqi Ministries of Health, Education and Higher Education. Bunning also led public health initiatives within the Strategic Framework Agreement having a pivotal role in the development and sustainment of Iraq’s fledgling democracy.
Bunning served on the forefront of West Nile Virus response as the virus spread in 2002-2004 and was later involved in the anthrax letters attacks. He finished his USAF career as the hospital administrator for coalition forces in Basra, Iraq. Bunning’s expertise covers the spectrum of One Health, intersecting at nearly every segment of veterinary employment.
Bunning is currently in private practice as a clinical emergency veterinarian in San Antonio, Texas.