March 01, 2006

 

 Accolades - March 1, 2006

 
posted February 15, 2006
 

Industry

 

Dr. Alfred M. LegendreHill's Pet Nutrition Inc. honored Dr. Alfred M. Legendre with the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award is presented to a veterinarian who has made a lifetime commitment to improving the health and well-being of companion animals. Dr. Legendre received the award at the opening ceremony of the North American Veterinary Conference Jan. 7, 2006, in Orlando, Fla.

A 1966 graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Legendre is a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves as the assistant department chair for the veterinary college's Department of Small Animal Clinical Services.

One of the world's experts in the research of infectious agents, Dr. Legendre has investigated the pathogenesis and prevention of infectious viral diseases in cats and the treatment of mycotic diseases in dogs and cats. He has also developed innovative treatments for cancers and viral infections. His current studies include research into a blastomycosis vaccine, on feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus, and on an antiviral drug.

Dr. Legendre has served as president and chairman of the Board of Regents for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a founding diplomate of the ACVIM Specialty of Oncology, and was founding editor of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

In recognition of Dr. Legendre's lifetime of service, Hill's donated $20,000 to the Morris Animal Foundation in his name.

 

Practice

 

Drs. Golab, McClure, Pascoe, and VogelThe National Academies of Practice recently inducted Drs. Gail C. Golab, Kent D. McClure, Peter J. Pascoe, and Lyle P. Vogel at a banquet following a forum on the topics of pain management and malpractice.

The NAP is an interdisciplinary group that has been addressing problems in health care since 1981. The goals of the group include advising government and serving as a forum for discussions of public policy, education, research, and inquiry.

Drs. Pascoe and McClure were among the speakers at the recent NAP forum, "Pain management gone awry: An interdisciplinary model for preventing malpractice."

Dr. Pascoe (LIV '75) is a professor at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. He spoke on "Physiology, assessment, and management of pain," particularly on the neurobiology of pain. He described the difficulties with assessing pain, the methods currently in place, and nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic pain management.

Dr. McClure (TEX '88) serves as general counsel for the Animal Health Institute, which represents manufacturers of animal health care products. He spoke on the topic of "Valuing pain in patients and their families: Risk management," specifically about malpractice suits. He talked about the movement for courts to consider emotional distress of animals and animal owners.

The other inductees in veterinary medicine, Drs. Vogel and Golab, are members of the AVMA staff. Dr. Vogel (MIN '67) is director of the Scientific Activities Division. Dr. Golab (IL '91) is the assistant director for professional and public affairs in the Communications Division.

 

Academia

 

The Frey family recently received a 2006 Alumni Recognition Award from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in recognition of the Freys being exemplary role models and of the family's devotion to advancing veterinary medicine.

The Frey family tradition in veterinary medicine at Kansas State began with Dr. Jesse Frey (KSU '14). He established California's first animal pathology laboratory and was instrumental in research eradicating disease outbreaks during the 1920s in California. He died in 1987.

Dr. Jesse Frey's nephew Dr. Russ Frey (KSU '52) taught at the veterinary college for 40 years and was the head of the department of anatomy and physiology for 15 years. He died in 2003.

Dr. Russ Frey's brothers Drs. Merwin and Martin Frey (KSU '56), who are twins, went separate ways after graduation. Dr. Merwin Frey became a professor at the Veterinary Medical Research Institute at Iowa State University and later taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska. Dr. Martin Frey and his wife, Dr. Demarious Frey (OKL '63), opened a practice in Padre Island, Texas.

Dr. William Griffing (KSU '44), another nephew of Dr. Jesse Frey, worked as a veterinary pathologist for Eli Lilly and Company Pharmaceuticals in Indiana, where he advanced study in electron microscopy.

And Dr. Robert Hentzler (KSU '43)—a cousin of Drs. Russ, Merwin, and Martin Frey—served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and as the manager and co-owner of Hentzler Packing Company in Topeka. He died in 2003.