December 15, 2007


 Assemblies - December 15, 2007

Posted Dec. 1, 2007

Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society


Event: 25th symposium, Oct. 10-13, Lafayette, Ind.
Program: The theme of the symposium was "Proteomics and Genomics for Complex Respiratory Diseases." There were 10 keynote speeches, a one-day workshop on respiratory mechanics in small and large animals, and a laboratory session.
Awards: Joan A. O'Brien Research Award: Johanna Hueber, Leipzig University, Germany; and Dr. Marybeth Miskovic, Purdue University. A graduate student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hueber was honored for her oral presentation "Brachycephalic airway syndrome: Effects of partial turbinectomy on intranasal airway resistance." A graduate student in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Miskovic was honored for her poster "Protein expression pattern in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of horses with recurrent airway obstruction." Special recognition was given to Dr. Laurent Viel, University of Guelph, Canada. Professor of large animal internal medicine and director of the Firestone Equine Respiratory Research Laboratory at Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Viel was honored for his service as a board member of the VCRS, and for raising the standard for equine research and initiating the use of brochoalveolar lavage for the diagnosis of equine lung diseases.
Officials: Drs. Laurent Couetil, West Lafayette, Ind., president; Mike Davis, Stillwater, Okla., president-elect; Melissa Mazan, North Grafton, Mass., secretary; Brendan McKiernan, Rogue River, Ore., treasurer; and Petra Reinhold, Jena, Germany, immediate past president


Wisconsin VMA


Event: Annual meeting, Oct. 11-14, Madison
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Kevin Nelson, Salem. A 1985 graduate of Ross University, Dr. Nelson co-owns Bristol Veterinary Clinic in Union Grove. Dr. Nelson serves as attending veterinarian at the Racine County Zoo once a week, and has been veterinarian for the Kenosha County Fair and the Midwest Therapeutic Riding Program. Meritorious Service Award: Drs. Guy Jodarski, Neillsville, and Tom Myers, New Holstein. A 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Jodarski is a large animal consultant. He chairs the WVMA Public Health and Food Safety Committee and is an ex-officio member of the WVMA Budget and Auditing Committee. A 1971 graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. Myers previously practiced large animal medicine at St. Anna Veterinary Clinic in Elkhart Lake. He chairs the WVMA Animal Welfare Committee. Under his leadership, the committee wrote eight Principles of Animal Care and Use. Friend of Veterinary Medicine Award: Leslie Grendahl, Middleton. Grendahl has served as executive director of the WVMA for the past 20 years. During that time, the association has more than doubled in membership and has revamped its committee structure with a philosophy of grassroots volunteer involvement.
Officials: Drs. Ray Pawlisch, Brodhead, president; Douglas Kratt, Onalaska, president-elect; Tom Howard, Poynette, treasurer; and Tom Gilligan, Hartland, immediate past president