August 15, 2007



Posted Aug. 1, 2007

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine


Event: 25th annual ACVIM Forum, June 6–9, Seattle
Program: There were 3,757 registered participants, including 3,175 veterinarians, 425 veterinary technicians, and 157 veterinary students.
Awards: Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence: Dr. T. Douglas Byars, Georgetown, Ky., for meritorious contributions to the veterinary profession. An ACVIM-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine, Dr. Byars is an equine consultant for Byars Equine Advisory LLC. In July, he completed a term on the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Jeanne Barsanti, Watkinsville, Ga., for outstanding and dedicated service to the college, in a volunteer capacity. An ACVIM-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine, Dr. Barsanti is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia. Resident Research Award: Cardiology—Drs. Sara Bordelon, Washington State University, for "Novel plasma markers of platelet activation in the feline population," and Jonathan Goodwin, Purdue University, for "The pharmacodynamics of clopidogrel in the dog"; Endocrinology—Drs. Lawren Durocher, The Ohio State University, for "Ketosis in diabetic dogs is not related solely to serum insulin concentration," and Samuel Hurcombe, The Ohio State University, for "Vasopression, ACTH, and cortisol concentrations in septic foals: Correlates with survival and non-survival"; Gastroenterology—Dr. Jennifer Johnson, University of Minnesota, for "The effects of oral omeprazole on third compartment pH in healthy male alpacas"; Hematology—Dr. Marie-Claude Blais, Tufts University, for "Incidence of serum alloantibody in dogs with a known history of pregnancy"; Infectious disease—Drs. Maureen Anderson, Ontario Veterinary College, for "Evaluation of prevalence and risk factors for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus colonization in equine veterinary personnel"; and Beth Hanselman, Ontario Veterinary College, for "Evaluation of coagulase positive staphylococcal colonization of people and their household pets"; Nephrology/Urology—Dr. Jessica Larson, Michigan State University, for "Epidemiology of feline calicivirus urinary tract infection in cats with idiopathic cystitis"; Neurology—Dr. Edward MacKillop, North Carolina State University, for "Incidence of urinary tract infection in dogs following surgery for thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion"; Nutrition/Metabolism—Dr. Karen Kalck, University of Tennessee, for "Glucose dynamics during the development phase of oligofructose-induced laminitis in horses"; Oncology—Dr. Andrea Sotirakopoulos, University of Minnesota, for "Evaluation of microsatellite instability as a diagnostic test for transitional cell carcinoma of the lower urinary tract in dogs"; Pharmacology—Dr. Derek Foster, North Carolina State University, for "Evaluation of two colostrum replacer products in dairy calves;" and Respiratory—Dr. Nicolas Berryessa, University of California-Davis, for "The role of Bartonella spp in feline chronic rhinosinusitis"
New diplomates: One hundred veterinarians completed the requirements for board certification by the ACVIM in 2007. The new diplomates are: Cardiology—Drs. Kristin N. Boddy, Monroeville, Pa.; Jean-Sebastien Boileau, New York; Fiona E. Campbell, St. Lucia, Australia; Whitney M. Church, Gilbert, Ariz.; Allison M. Heaney, Pullman, Wash.; Heidi B. Kellum, Madison, Wis.; Robert A. Sanders, West Lafayette, Ind.; Nick A. Schroeder, Cooper City, Fla.; Jess A. Weidman, Annapolis, Md.; and Sarah A. Zimmerman, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Neurology—Drs. Ronaldo C. da Costa, Palotina, Brazil; Edwin W. Darrin, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Carolina Duque, Oakville, Canada; Polly A. Foureman, Phoenix; Heather R. Galano, Westport, Conn.; Rocco Lombardo, Milano, Italy; Lisa M.T. Nielson, Culver City, Calif.; and Diccon Westworth, Davis, Calif.; Large animal internal medicine—Drs. Stephanie A. Bell, Davis, Calif.; Sébastien M.C. Buczinski, St. Hyacinthe, Canada; Carla C. Latorre, Asse, Belgium; Natalie J. Coffer, Urbana, Ill.; Lyndi L. Gilliam, Stillwater, Okla.; Jenifer R. Gold, Bend, Ore.; Emily A. Graves, Fort Collins, Colo.; Gayle D. Hallowell, Sutton Bonnington, United Kingdom; Sophy Jesty, Ithaca, N.Y.; Meredyth L. Jones, Manhattan, Kan.; Christopher D. Luby, Saskatoon, Canada; Susana Macieira, St. Hyacinthe, Canada; Emma V. Mitchell, Sussex, United Kingdom; Christine J. Myers, Smithfield, Australia; Tracy E. Norman, Greenwood, Va.; Clare A. Ryan, Gainesville, Fla.; Montague N. Saulez, Pretoria, South Africa; Cristy Secombe, Como, Australia; Jennifer S. Taintor, Auburn, Ala.; Sandra D. Taylor, Pullman, Wash.; and Laura H. Waitt, Albany, Ore.; Oncology—Drs. Pedro A. Boria, Cleveland, Ohio; John D. Chretin, Los Angeles; Lisa DiBernardi, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Melissa M. Endicott, Houston; David A. Heller, Fountain Valley, Calif.; Kim R. Hillers, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Antonella B. Jeffreys, Greensboro, N.C.; Joshua L. Lachowicz, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Hugues I. Lacoste, Lachine, Canada; Valerie MacDonald-Dickinson, Saskatoon, Canada; Sarah E. Payne, Cheshire, Conn.; Jeffrey C. Phillips, Knoxville, Tenn.; Corey F. Saba, Athens, Ga.; Stacy K. Santoro, Tampa, Fla.; Gabriella Sfiligoi, West Sacramento, Calif.; Enrico P. Spugnini, Roma, Italy; Andrew Vaughan, Halifax, Canada; and Jennifer E. Winter, Orange Park, Fla.; Small animal internal medicine—Drs. Alejandro Aguirre, Little Silver, N.J.; Andrea J. Balch, Las Vegas; Allyson C. Berent, Philadelphia; Rebecca I.M. Berg, New York; Cassandra G. Brown, Portland, Ore.; Isabelle Caron, Mont St-Hilaire, Canada; Peter S. Chapman, Philadelphia; Anne M. Dalby, Bedford Heights, Ohio; Megen A. Daugherty, Ithaca, N.Y.; Amy E. DeClue, Columbia, Mo.; Kevin Finora, Toronto, Canada; Emilie F. Chaplow, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Alan M. Glazer, Milton, Mass.; Laura A. Goodman, Athens, Ga.; Bryan E. Harnett, Mission, Kan.; Alicia K. Henderson, Tinton Falls, N.J.; Juan L.H. Rodriguez, Arcueil, France; Anthony M. Ishak, Tampa, Fla.; Martin J. Jakubiak, Oakland, Calif.; Saskia Kley, Athens, Ga.; Dawn M. Martin, Toronto, Canada; Chantal J. McMillan, Calgary, Canada; Kristin L. Mix, Burlington, N.C.; Sofia C. Morales, Coral Springs, Fla.; Claudia Mueller, Zurich, Switzerland; Brian C. Norman, Los Angeles; Mathieu Ouellet, St. Hyacinthe, Canada; Coretta C. Patterson, Holt, Mich.; Edward E. Patterson, St. Paul, Minn.; Jill S. Pomrantz, Davis, Calif.; Erin M. Portillo, Chico, Calif.; Annalisa Prahl, Tucson, Ariz.; William H. Pullen, Wildwood, Ga.; Anant Radhakrishnan, Lexington, Ky.; Liberty Rasor, Mesa, Calif.; Laura L. Riordan, La Mesa, Calif.; Katherine A. Stenske, Knoxville, Tenn.; Jennifer L. Strasser, Albuquerque, N.M.; Justin D. Thomason, Watkinsville, Ga.; Ann L. Thompson, Underwood, Australia; Olivier P. Toulza, Millau, France; Kimberly B. Winters, Walpole, Mass.; and Michael W. Wood, Raleigh, N.C. Honorary diplomate status was granted to Dr. N. Edward Robinson, East Lansing, Mich.
Officials: Drs. Wendy Ware, Ames, Iowa, chair, Board of Regents; Phil Bergman, New York City, president; Richard LeCouteur, Davis, Calif., president-elect; Eleanor Hawkins, Raleigh, N.C., vice president; Rebecca Stepien, Madison, Wis., Specialty of Cardiology president; William B. Thomas, Knoxville, Tenn., Specialty of Neurology president; Carolyn J. Henry, Columbia, Mo., Specialty of Oncology president; P. Jane Armstrong, St. Paul, Minn., Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine president; and Bradford P. Smith, Davis, Calif., Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine president


North Carolina VMA


Dr. Scott HelmsEvent: Annual meeting, June 28-July 1, Asheville
Awards: Distinguished Veterinarian Award: Dr. Karen L. Davis, Flat Rock. A past president of the NCVMA, Dr. Davis owns North State Animal Hospital in Hendersonville. She serves as the association's alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Julie G. Packard, Summerfield. Dr. Packard owns Bel-Aire Veterinary Hospital in Reidsville. She has served as president of the NCVMA and is working on a series of DVDs that will serve as public service announcements encouraging students to pursue veterinary medicine. Young Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Joyce McKinney, Durham. Dr. McKinney practices at Colony Park Animal Hospital in Durham. She has organized events statewide for new graduates and co-chaired a seminar on communicating with difficult clients. Dr. McKinney serves on the NCVMA board of directors. Martin Litwack Award: Kathryn Byrd, Raleigh, for contributions to the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession in the state. Byrd is the director of continuing education and outreach at the college and has been instrumental in establishing the relationship between the college and the NCVMA, helping to produce the annual conference. NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Clinician of the Year: Dr. Natasha Olby, Willow Spring. Dr. Olby is an associate professor of neurology at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She works closely with referring veterinarians.
Business: AVMA 2006-2007 President-elect Gregory S. Hammer gave an update on AVMA news at the membership breakfast. New NCVMA officials were installed at the awards luncheon.
Officials: Drs. Scott Helms, Morganton, president; Jane Williston, Charlotte, president-elect; Phil McHugh, Durham, vice president; Jim Dobies, Belmont, secretary-treasurer; and David Beauchamp, Wilmington, immediate past president