June 15, 2006



Posted June 1, 2006



Dr. Elizabeth A. Krushinskie (COL '87) is heading the efforts of ACDI/VOCA to combat avian influenza.

The nonprofit association is a merger of Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development and other groups. Dr. Krushinskie will be working with the USAID Avian Influenza Core Team.

Dr. Krushinskie was vice president of food safety and production programs for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. She is also vice chair of the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee and a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.




Drs. Katherine A. Feldman (COR '97) and James C. Kile (TEN '82) recently received the James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award for 2006 from the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The award recognizes contributions of EIS officers in the investigation, control, or prevention of zoonotic diseases or other human health problems relating to animals.

Dr. Feldman was an EIS officer with the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases. One of her studies revealed an association between mowing lawns or cutting brush and primary pneumonic tularemia in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. She also investigated West Nile virus in the city of New York, the possibility of bioterrorism after Sept. 11, tickborne relapsing fever in Nevada, foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom, and plague in Mongolia. She is now assistant director of the Center for Public & Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kile was the first veterinarian from the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to become an EIS officer at the CDC. Some of his studies examined the seroprevalence of West Nile virus in dogs, cats, and farm animals. He was also lead EIS officer in one of the states where monkeypox virus appeared, and he headed a CDC team during the 2003 power outage that affected the Midwest and Northeast. He is now a deputy director in the FSIS Technical Assistance/Correlation Division.




Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has honored six alumni with the 2006 Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award for outstanding service, excellence in veterinary practice, or excellence in teaching and research.

Dr. Marc Mattix (WSU '83) is a pathologist with the Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and an affiliate professor at Montana State University. He also is assistant chief of the Army Veterinary Corps and a colonel in the Army Reserve. He has served as president of the Montana VMA and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Dr. Doug Butchart (WSU '54) was an agricultural officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has worked with the dairy industry in Tunisia, breeding programs in Morocco, and food safety and production in Pakistan. He also spent time working in Burkina Faso. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Kenneth Sinibaldi (WSU'69) established the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle in 1980, and he also has been a consultant for the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Police Department's canine unit. He is an associate professor at Ross University in St. Kitts and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Steve Haskins (WSU '69) helped form the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and he established one of the first residency programs in emergency and critical care medicine for small animals. He is a professor at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Loren Koller (WSU'65) was a pioneer in the field of immunotoxicology. From 1985-1995, he served as the dean of Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Toxicology and is now a consultant in the areas of environmental health and toxicology.

Dr. Charles Martin (WSU'65) has held positions at the University of Saskatchewan, Kansas State University, University of Georgia, and Auburn University. He was director of Georgia's teaching hospital for nine years. He is a charter diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and also a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.