In December, the American Association of Equine Practitioners honored a number of veterinarians at its 52nd Annual Convention in San Antonio.
Dr. Thomas J. Divers earned the Distinguished Educator Award for his efforts as an educator and mentor to the many students and colleagues with whom he has been affiliated. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. Divers has worked within academe since he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1975. He has held various professor positions at the University of California-Davis, University of Georgia, Cornell University, and University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. He is currently a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Drs. Larry R. Bramlage and John E. Madigan each took home a Distinguished Service Award for their work on the Kester News Hour, a two-hour session held each year as part of the AAEP convention's scientific program. The two veterinarians have served as co-presenters of the session since its inception 10 years ago.
Dr. Bramlage is an equine orthopedic surgeon and a partner at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1975 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Madigan is a professor at the University of California-Davis and heads its Veterinary Emergency Response and Helicopter Rescue teams. He earned his DVM degree from the University of California-Davis in 1975 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Claude A. Ragle was also awarded a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ragle has served on the AAEP Education and Scholarship committees and chaired the Ad Hoc Committee of the AAEP/American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Educational Goals and Ad Hoc Committee of AAEP Table Topics. He is the founder and moderator of the Equine Clinicians Network.
Dr. Ragle graduated in 1983 from Michigan State University. In 1989, he was certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Specialty of Equine Practice. Dr. Ragle is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University.
Dr. Charles D. Vail received the Distinguished Life Member award. After graduating from Colorado State University in 1960, Dr. Vail went to work for Drs. Harry W. Johnson and G. Marvin Beeman at the Littleton Large Animal Clinic in Littleton, Colo., where he still practices.
In addition to serving as AAEP president in 1985, Dr. Vail participated in 13 of the association's committees over the years. He was author of the AAEP's 50th anniversary publication, The History of the American Association of Equine Practitioners: The Second 25 Years. Dr. Vail was a president of the Denver Area VMS, Colorado VMA, Western Veterinary Conference, and Animal Assistance Foundation.
Dr. J. Clyde Johnson also earned the Distinguished Life Member award. After graduating in 1962 from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Johnson began private practice at the Vermont-New Hampshire Veterinary Clinic. He was a partner at the clinic for more than 30 years before he sold his interest in 1993 to become a part-time employee, giving him more time to devote to organized veterinary medicine.
Dr. Johnson served as the 1995 AAEP president, was on the AAEP board of directors, and was an AAEP treasurer. Most recently, he was the association's liaison to the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee, and now he is liaison to the AVMA Council on Communications. He also volunteers on the AAEP Foundation and AAEP Public Policy committees. He is a past president of the Vermont State Veterinary Board, Vermont VMA, and New England VMA.