Duncan C. Ferguson is Emeritus Professor of clinical pharmacology and past head of comparative biosciences and veterinary clinical pharmacology residency director at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing VMD and PhD degrees and an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania, he served on the veterinary faculty of Cornell and the University of Georgia before moving to the University of Illinois in 2006, retiring in 2016 following a 33-year academic career.
His basic and clinical research interests focused on endocrine physiology, pharmacology and medicine. He was the recipient of the Morris Animal Foundation Scientific Advisory Board Lifetime Achievement Award, and was the founding editor of the journal Veterinary Sciences, focusing upon comparative animal models of disease.
An original co-founder of Veterinary Information Network, he has had an interest in distance education since the early 1990’s. In 2013-14, he served as a Fulbright Teaching/Research Fellow at the Veterinary University of Hannover (Germany), and in 2016-17, returned to continue teaching and research of critical thinking skills of veterinary students.
Currently, in collaboration with colleagues in education, medicine and engineering, he is co-PI on an NSF-funded project using computerized text analytics to improve and evaluate student clinical case analyses. He now also serves as Chief Medical Officer of VetMedAcademy, a non-profit dedicated to promotion of curation, creation and international sharing of veterinary educational resources, blended learning, and techniques to improve critical clinical thinking. He also contributes to the “Evidence-based Education” blog at VetMedAcademy.