Eight veterinarians joined the interdisciplinary National Academies of Practice as active members in 2006.
Dr. Bonnie Buntain (COL '77) is assistant dean for government and international relations at the University of Calgary's new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, Dr. Buntain was chief public health veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Michael B. Cates (TEX '80) serves as chief of the Army Veterinary Corps. The brigadier general previously served as commander of the 100th Medical Detachment, 30th Medical Brigade, V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. He also has held veterinary commands out of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Elizabeth Curry-Galvin (IL '88) serves as director of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division. She is staff consultant to both the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and to the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. Previously, Dr. Curry-Galvin has worked in industrial veterinary medicine and in small animal practice.
Dr. W. Ron DeHaven (PUR '75) is administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He also has served with APHIS as deputy administrator of Veterinary Services, acting associate administrator, and deputy administrator for the Animal Care unit. He spent four years in the Army Veterinary Corps before joining APHIS in 1979.
Dr. Joan C. Hendricks (UP '79) is dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hendricks has been a faculty member at the school for more than 20 years, serving as a professor of small animal medicine and as the section chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies. She is the founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Research Center.
Dr. Jon Klingborg (CAL '92) is in private practice at Valley Animal Hospital in Merced, Calif. He worked previously at Atwater-Merced Veterinary Clinics Inc. and Ferndale Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Klingborg also is a guest faculty member at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a past president of the California VMA.
Dr. John D. Melcher (ISU '50) is an AVMA consultant in the nation's capital. The former congressman represented Montana in the Senate for two terms and in the House of Representatives for four terms. He held office in the Montana legislature and the city government of Forsyth, where he had established a veterinary clinic. Dr. Melcher also served in the Army during World War II.
Dr. Donald L. Noah (OSU '85) is liaison from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Air Force lieutenant colonel also has held positions with the Pentagon, Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
The new chair of the NAP Veterinary Medicine Academy is Dr. H. Michael Chaddock (MSU '73). Dr. Chaddock is associate executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He also has served as director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division and Michigan's state veterinarian. Previously, he spent time in private practice.
Dr. David Goolsby (AUB '82) recently became co-chair of the NAP Veterinary Medicine Academy. He is region health director with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The NAP has addressed problems in health care since 1981. The group's goals include advising government and serving as a forum for discussions of public policy, education, research, and inquiry. The 2006 meeting focused on access to care.