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Dr. Robert L. Leighton Turns 100 Years

February 14, 2017

Dr. Leighton, an ACVS charter Diplomate and ACVS’s oldest living Diplomate, turns 100 years old on February 27, 2017. Dr. Leighton graduated veterinary school in 1941 from the University of Pennsylvania. He did his internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and was chief of surgery there and at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Leighton began teaching at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in August of 1965 and retired as an emeritus professor in July 1983. 

Dr. Leighton served in the Veterinary Corp in WWII; was an inventor of orthopedic implants, a pioneer in new surgical procedures, and a revered educator to students and residents in the USA and internationally; and published over 140 refereed articles. What most people do not know is that Dr. Leighton is an author of children’s books. To this day, Dr. Leighton writes stories; instead of reading them to children, he reads them to the other residents of the retirement community in which he lives. 

Dr. Leighton has received numerous awards for his outstanding career as a veterinarian. Notably, he received the ACVS Foundation’s Legends Award in 2011. Dr. Leighton can still tell the most amazing and interesting stories about his long stunning career. Dr. Leighton was an active emeritus professor at UC Davis giving tours and inspiring young people interested in veterinary medicine. He is truly a remarkable person both professionally and personally. UC Davis is proud to celebrate Dr. Leighton’s 100th birthday with him.

Dr. Leighton’s residence: Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.