Dr. Robert Larson, DVM 1987

2023 E.R. Frank Award

Dr. Robert Larson

Dr. Robert Larson, Manhattan, Kansas, was selected as a recipient of the 2023 E.R. Frank Award by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.
Dr. Larson was recognized for his time as a faculty member at K-State.

This award was presented as part of the Alumni Awards Brunch during the Annual Conference for Veterinarians held June 5, 2023. The E.R. Frank Award is presented to a faculty member who displays meritorious service to the college as well as the same professional essence of Dr. Frank, who was a longtime faculty member in equine surgery and a K-State alumnus. Nominees must have at least a 15-year relationship with the college, possess a noteworthy record of service and display an unassuming and unpretentious manner throughout their careers.

“I am so honored to receive this award. I am blessed to be surrounded by outstanding students, faculty and staff who make coming to work everyday fun and rewarding,” Dr. Larson said. “The College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State has a long history of great teaching, research, and outreach, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in meeting the goals of our students and the state of Kansas.”

“It is a tremendous honor to recognize Dr. Larson for this award, especially in light of the service and outreach he provides to the beef cattle industry,” said Dr. Bonnie Rush, Hodes Family Dean. “He has been a popular and respected faculty member with our students for nearly 20 years, recognized for his candid and practical approach. He provides insight and perspective in leading our continuing education programs. As faculty member with our Beef Cattle Institute, he is a voice for the college and the profession, and is regularly sought out for his expertise. We are delighted to recognize him with this award.”

Dr. Robert Larson with Hodes Family Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush

Dr. Larson earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and a doctorate in 1992, both from K-State. He has been a professor of food animal production medicine since 2006 and holds the Coleman chair in food animal/production medicine.

In 2017, Dr. Larson was chosen as the recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim Teaching Excellence Award, which is presented in recognition of outstanding instruction of first-year veterinary students; and in 2016 he receive the Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching by the K-State Alumni Association. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology and American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine – Epidemiology specialty, and American College of Animal Nutrition. He is a faculty member with the Beef Cattle Institute and regularly provides guidance through the Cattle Chat and Bovine Science podcasts addressing important issues in the beef cattle industry.

Dr. Larson and his wife Laura, a K-State DVM graduate from the class of 1992, have three daughters, Mariah, Karrin and Annie.