CA "Tony" Buffington, DVM, PhD

Board Certification

  • Emeritus Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Nutrition


  • Tony Buffington received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in nutrition and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis

Current Professional Activities

  • Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinical Professor (volunteer) at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Past Professional Activities

  • His research has documented the effects of environmental stressors on disease in cats, and the role of effective environmental enrichment in mitigating them to promote recovery. Dr. Buffington has published more than 120 scientific papers, 30 book chapters, 3 books (one an iBook), an iTunes U course, and created the Indoor Pet Initiative ( website.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2014 - ISFM/Hill's award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine
  • 2009 - Mark L. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2007 - Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence
  • 2004-2006 -NIDDK Urology Study Section
  • 2004 - World Small Animal Veterinary Association Award for Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare and Promotion of the Human-Animal bond
  • 2002 - American Veterinary Medical Association - Council on Education
  • 2002 - Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Teaching
  • 2001 - British Small Animal Veterinary Association Bourgelat Award for outstanding contributions to the field of small animal practice
  • 1998-2004 - Ad hoc member NIDDK Urology SEP
  • 1995 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences Faculty Recognition Award
  • 1992 - Ohio Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Service Award

Special Interests

  • Developmental origins of health and disease, stress effects on disease, obesity, evidence-based medicine, and effective medicinal communications


  • AVMA
  • AAFP

Current Research/Clinical Interests

  • Pandora Syndrome, effective environmental enrichment for confined animals


  • Wife Terre - married 45 years
  • 36 YO son, 33 YO daughter


  • Bicycling
  • Gardening
  • Local water policy

Favorite Book, Movie, or Song

  • Too many to list :-)

Favorite Quote

  • "To know all is to forgive all." - Madame de Stael, 1807

What I like Most About VIN

  • The community; access to colleagues

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