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Dr. Harms Recipient of Stange Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

Dr. Craig Harms, associate professor of aquatic, wildlife, and zoological medicine at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the Stange Award for Meritorious Service presented by Iowa State University “for outstanding professional achievements in education, government, industry, practice, or other professional endeavors in veterinary medicine.”  

A graduate of ISU, Dr. Harms was honored in by the ISU alumni association in on-campus ceremonies. The following information is posted on the ISU Alumni Association web site:


In an ever-changing world where veterinarians are playing a more important role in understanding how the environment, the animal world, and health interconnect, Craig Harms is a leader in bridging the veterinary profession and the aquatic environments and increasing the awareness of One Health/One Medicine concepts. Through research, teaching, and example, he has made innumerable contributions to the advancement of zoological medicine, particularly in aquatic animal medicine.

Photo of Dr. Craig HarmsDr. Harms shares his expertise among three aquariums in North Carolina, the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State, and the marine mammal and sea turtle stranding networks of North Carolina. He also serves as president of the American College of Zoological Medicine. His unique skill sets and ability to perform under pressure made him the ideal person to take on the challenge of developing the marine veterinary programs at the NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.

Although Dr. Harms is an extremely productive scholar, scientist, and clinician, he has a particular talent for mentoring young veterinarians and veterinary students. Despite his many degrees, certifications, and publications, he unassumingly supports students and facilitates their individual contributions to veterinary medicine. Said one former student: “He is one of those rare individuals who changed the direction of a life.”

Dr. Harms is on the aquatic animals staff at NC State's Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.

Posted Oct. 24, 2011