December 15, 2006

 

 Assemblies - December 15, 2006

 
 

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

posted December 1, 2006

 

Event: Annual conference, Sept. 21-25, Tampa, Fla., hosted by Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens
Program: There were 546 registered participants, including 129 students, representing 25 countries.
Awards: Emil P. Dolensek Award: Dr. Michael Cranfield, Baltimore, for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife. A 1977 graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Cranfield is the director of animal management, research, and conservation at the Baltimore Zoo. He also serves as project director of Morris Animal Foundation's Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and is a member of the comparative medicine faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Cranfield's research focuses on clinically applicable problems in captive and free-ranging wildlife, including malaria in penguins, diagnosis and treatment of cryptosporidiosis and amoebiasis in reptiles, and conservation/preventive medicine in mountain gorillas. Duane E. Ullrey Achievement Award: Bill L. Lasley, PhD, Davis, Calif., for exceptional achievements in the science of captive wild animal care in an allied field critical to the AAZV. Professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Lasley serves as associate director of the Center for Health and the Environment at the UC-Davis John Muir Institute for the Environment. He also serves as chief of the Division of Reproductive Biology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UC-Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Lasley's research interests include the study of reproductive hormones, and reproduction and contraception in various species. AAZV/Morris Animal Foundation Graduate Student Manuscript Competition: First place—Dr. John Sykes (COR '02), for "Evaluation of an osmotic pump for delivery of fentanyl in domestic cats (felis domesticus): A model for non-domestic felids"; and second place—Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willot (COR '02), for "Clinical evaluation of distal limb radiography and growth plate closure in the juvenile Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)." Safe-Capture International Inc. Poster Competition: First place—Dr. Cora Singleton, Davis, Calif., for "Use of oral hypoglycemic drugs for the management of diabetes mellitus in prosimians"; and second place—Dr. Julio Mercado, Davis, Calif., for "Comparative serum glucose levels in sedated suidae and tayassuidae."
Officials: Drs. Edward Ramsay, Knoxville, Tenn., president; Mary Denver, Baltimore, president-elect; Thomas Meehan, Chicago, vice president; Jan Ramer, Indianapolis, secretary; Victoria Clyde, Milwaukee, treasurer; and Michele Miller, Orlando, Fla., immediate past president

 

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

 

Event: Annual symposium, Oct. 5-7, Washington, D.C.
Program: The symposium attracted nearly 1,600 participants, including veterinary surgeons, veterinary practitioners, and other professionals. The Mark Allam lecture was presented by Dr. B. Tucker Woodson, who is director of the Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin Sleep Disorders Program.
Awards: Founders' Award for Career Achievement: Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, Fort Collins, Colo., for outstanding contributions to the art and science of veterinary surgery. A past president and past chair of the board of regents of the ACVS, Dr. McIlwraith is a professor of surgery and director of orthopedic research at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Known for his expertise in equine surgery, he has served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. McIlwraith is the primary author or co-author of 10 textbooks. Merit Award: Awarded posthumously to Dr. Barclay Slocum, who died April 14, 2001, for contributions to the conduct of veterinary surgery through the development of methods, techniques, devices, and educational aspects of veterinary surgery. Dr. Slocum was the founder of Slocum Clinic in Eugene, Ore. He developed and taught several techniques used today in orthopedic patients. Legend Award: Dr. Martin P. DeAngelis, Ardsley, N.Y., won this award (given in recognition of surgical procedures that have proved their value by becoming the treatment of choice for a specific condition) for his publication "A lateral retinacular technique for the surgical correction of the anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the dog." This paper was the basis for the extracapsular surgical technique widely used today in the repair of cranial cruciate ligament ruptures. Dr. DeAngelis practices at the Village Animal Clinic in Ardsley.
Officials: Drs. Michael M. Pavletic, Boston, president; Larry M. Bramlage, Lexington, Ky., president-elect; Alan J. Lipowitz, Peterson, Minn., executive secretary; and Robert A. Taylor, Denver, treasurer