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Photo by Dr. Brennen McKenzie

The following biosketch was prepared by Ann Viera, Veterinary Medicine Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

In grateful acknowledgement of Dr. Montgomery’s contributions to the EBVMA, The Roy Montgomery Research Award was established in 2012. The award is designed to support research that promotes the understanding, development and application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in veterinary medical research, practice, and education.

Dr. Montgomery spearheaded the effort to establish the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association (EBMVA) and, serving as the Association’s first Executive Secretary from 2006 to 2012.

From Dr. Montgomery:

“I attended the 1st Symposium on Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine, which was held at [Mississippi] State in 2004. I thought at the time that this was an idea that needed more than just holding symposia and asked about forming a national association at that meeting.”

“After that, I spearheaded that effort by organizing two plenary sessions in St. Louis to move the effort forward. I asked Bob Larson, who later became 1st president of EBVMA, to assume chair of planning group that organized the EBVMA and I wrote the original constitution and bylaws, conflict of interest policy and membership application form.”

“I set up post the office box, bank and PayPal accounts, and EBVMA [mailing list]. I registered as a corporation with the MS Secretary of State; and applied for a received tax-exempt status from IRS. The EBVMA board placed me as Executive Secretary, a post I held from 2006 to 2012. During that time, I developed master plan and suggested an organization structure. I arranged and attended all but one of the Executive Committee and Board monthly meetings, kept members informed of these meetings, and oversaw minutes. I assisted with the planning of the Biennial EBVM Symposia and the EBVMA Leadership Conferences. I ran elections for Board members. My wife and I designed and implemented the EBVMA logo, letterhead, brochure, and display case. With others I developed the original EBVMA website, kept database of all members and processed membership applications, sent out repeat notices, and collected annual dues. I filed annual IRS return and annual registration update with MS Secretary of State.”

Education and professional positions summary:

  • 1976: DVM, University of Georgia
  • 1982: MS Medical Microbiology, University of Georgia
  • 1984: PhD Medical Microbiology, University of Georgia
  • 1967-1980: Abbott laboratories, Quality Control Manager, University of Delaware, Maryland Department of Agriculture Diagnostic Veterinarian
  • 1984-2006: Associate Professor, Mississippi State University, Poultry diagnostics and poultry disease research
  • Thesis topic: “The effects of avian reoviruses on the immune system of chickens and the influence of route of exposure, age, sex or type of chicken on pathogenicity”

Selected Articles

  1. Boyle CR, Montgomery RD. An application of the augmented randomized complete block design to poultry research. Poultry Science 1996;75:601-607.[
  2. Couvillion CE, Maslin WA, Montgomery RM. Mutiple feather follicle cysts in a wild turkey. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 1990;26:122-124.
  3. Hanson LA, Rudis MR, Vasquez-Lee M, et al. A broadly applicable method to characterize large DNA viruses and adenoviruses based on the DNA polymerase gene. Virology Journal 2006;3:(11 April 2006).
  4. Koger CH, Poston DH, Hayes RM, et al. Glyphosate-resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis) in Mississippi. Weed Technology 2004;18:820-825.
  5. Magee DL, Montgomery RD, Maslin WR, et al. Reovirus associated with excessive mortality in young bobwhite quail. Avian Diseases 1993;37:1130-1135.
  6. Montgomery RD. Healing of muscle, ligaments, and tendons. Seminars in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Small Animal) 1989;4:304-311.
  7. Montgomery RD, Boyle CR, Lenarduzzi TA, et al. Consequences to chicks hatched from Escherichia coli – inoculated embryos. Avian Diseases 1999;43:553-563.
  8. Montgomery RD, Boyle CR, Maslin WR. Influence of antigen concentration, inoculation interval, number of exposures, type of housing, and placement concentration on the tear antibody response to Brucella abortus in chickens. Avian Diseases 1991;35:606-614.
  9. Montgomery RD, Boyle CR, Maslin WR, et al. Attempts to reproduce a runting/stunting-type syndrome using infectious agents isolated from affected Mississippi broilers. Avian Diseases 1997;41:80-92.
  10. Montgomery RD, Jones LS, Boyle CR, et al. The embryo lethality of Escherichia coli isolates and its relationship to various in vitro attributes. Avian Diseases 2005;49:63-69.
  11. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR. Persistence of commercial modified live reovirus vaccines in chicks. Avian Diseases 1988;32:461-468.
  12. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR. The effect of Harderian adenectomy on the antibody response in chickens. Avian Diseases 1989;33:392-400.
  13. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR. Effect of infectious bursal disease virus vaccines on persistence and pathogenicity of modified live reovirus vaccines in chickens. Avian Diseases 1991;35:147-157.
  14. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR. A comparison of the gland of Harder response and head-associated lymphoid tissue (HALT) morphology in chickens and turkeys. Avian Diseases 1992;36:755-759.
  15. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR, Boyle CR. Effects of Newcastle disease vaccines and Newcastle disease/infectious bronchitis combination vaccines on the head-associated lymphoid tissues of the chicken. Avian Diseases 1997;41:399-406.
  16. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR, Boyle CR, et al. Effects of an Arkansas strain of infectious bronchitis vaccine on the head-associated lymphoid tissue (HALT). Avian Diseases 1991;35:302-307.
  17. Montgomery RD, Maslin WR, Magee DL, et al. Effects of modified-live infectious bronchitis virus vaccines on the head-associated lymphoid tissue (HALT). Avian Diseases 1994;38:847-856.
  18. Montgomery RD, Milton JL. Lameness in a dog. Veterinary Medicine Report 1990;2:51-54.
  19. Montgomery RD, Tomlinson FC, Reed GA. An inexpensive system to monitor air flow in isolation units. Avian Diseases 1992;36:1037-1042.
  20. Zhang H, Ainsworth AJ, Montgomery RD. Use of a 35.5 kDa cell membrane composition of Pasteurella multocida and an anti-idiotype antibody to induce protective immunity in leghorn chickens. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 1994;41:89-100.