The Iron Paw Award

Iron Paw

The Iron Paw award is an award given to an individual from research, academia, industry or government regardless of title or years of service who has provided a significant impact on or contribution to the global animal health industry.

Nominations can recognize early-career impact, lifetime achievement, novel innovations, entrepreneurs or other achievements that have made a positive impact on the industry.

The KC Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC) Board or a subcommittee appointed by the KCAHC Board will decide on the recipient of the award each year.


2019 Iron Paw Award Recipient | Dr. Linda Rhodes

Linda Rhodes.2019.Iron PawDr. Rhodes received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine, and her PhD from Cornell University. She is the proud mother of a son, Adam.

She was a large animal practitioner for five years, with a focus on dairy cows. Her pharmaceutical career began at Sterling Winthrop, followed by a position at Merck in pre-clinical biology for human drug development followed by two years at Merial as director of large animal development projects. In 2001, she left Merial to co-found AlcheraBio, a contract research firm specializing in developing new drugs for animals. AlcheraBio was acquired in 2008, and Dr. Rhodes became Vice President. She taught a graduate course in Animal Pharmaceutical Development in her role as an adjunct professor in the Rutgers Graduate School of Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences and was a member of the Board of Directors of ImmuCell Corporation from 2005-2016.

In 2011, Dr. Rhodes became the founding CEO of Aratana Therapeutics, and subsequently, when the company went public she served as its Chief Scientific Officer. During her five-year tenure, she led the R&D team to achieve FDA approval of the pet therapeutics Galliprant, Entyce and Nocita. Dr. Rhodes serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Michelson Prize and Grants Program, working towards finding a non-surgical alternative to spay/neuter, in order to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats world-wide. After retiring from Aratana in 2016, Dr. Rhodes was appointed to the Board of Directors of Zoetis. In 2017, she founded Feather in Her Cap Association, dedicated to recognizing high achieving women in the animal health industry.


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