1973 Coggins Test

OSU alum, Dr. Leroy Coggins (CVM '57), developed the Coggins Test, which has been the U.S. Department of Agriculture official test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) since 1973.

EIA is a viral disease of horses similar to human AIDS. Once infected, an animal remains infected for life. Even though there may be no obvious symptoms, the horse can infect other animals if not isolated.

Coggins' research has significantly improved the practice of veterinary medicine while saving equestrians billions of dollars. He was honored as a distinguished alumni by the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 1978.

Pictured here at his 50th class reunion in 2007, Coggins died Dec. 30, 2013