January 15, 2008



Posted Jan. 1, 2008

American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Event: Annual meeting, Oct. 18-21, Chicago
Program: The meeting offered the latest clinical and research information in surgery and related medicine. There were special sessions on joint preservation and practice management.
Awards: ACVS Foundation Legends Award: Dr. Charles W. Raker, Honeybrook, Pa. A 1942 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Raker retired as chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in 1985. During his 35-year tenure at the university, he served as director of clinics and head of the large animal clinic. Dr. Raker is a charter diplomate and past president of the ACVS, serving on its Board of Regents and as chairman of the board. He was honored for making an important impact on the development and training of equine practitioners by developing the first internship in equine medicine and surgery at Penn. ACVS Founders' Award for Career Achievement: Dr. Fred P. Sattler, Big Bear Lake, Calif. A 1954 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Sattler owned a practice in Fullerton, Calif., for 26 years. During his career, he has served as veterinary director of the cardiopulmonary research unit at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California-Irvine Medical School, and as clinical professor of surgery at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sattler is a charter diplomate and past president of the ACVS. He was recognized for his work in electronic monitoring of respiration and circulation in surgical patients. Dr. Sattler helped develop pig heart valves for replacement of human heart valves and helped create a porcine epidermal dressing for the treatment of severe burns in humans. ACVS Resident Awards: Best poster, first place—Evita Busschers, University of Pennsylvania, for "The effects of glucocorticoids and interleukin 1 beta on the expression and activity of the aggrecanases, A disintegrin, and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motif-4 and -5 in equine chondrocytes;" second place—Luis M. Rubio-Martinez, University of Guelph, for "Structural and mechanical properties of the distal third metacarpal subchondral bone in Thoroughbred racehorses." Best forum presentation: research, first place—Alastair R. Coomer, University of Florida, for "Development of an intramuscular murine xenograft model for radiation therapy of canine osteosarcoma;" second place—Liberty Getman, University of Pennsylvania, for "A descriptive comparison of the MRI contrast arthrography and arthroscopic anatomy of the equine palmar lateral out-pouching of the middle carpal joint." honorable mention—Sandra P. Schallberger, Michigan State University, for "The effects of a xenogeneic acellular matrix on the healing of open wounds in dogs;" clinical, first place—William Culp, University of Pennsylvania, for "Non-traumatic feline hemoperitoneum: 65 cases;" second place—Mary S. Bergh, The Ohio State University, for "Risk factors for tibial tuberosity fracture following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs." Best publications in the journal Veterinary Surgery: clinical—Arnaud Klein, Ecole Nationale Veterinaire d'Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France, for "Preoperative immunosuppressive therapy and surgery as a treatment for anal furunculosis;" research—Maria Faria, University of Wisconsin, for "Recombinant human BMP-2 in absorbable collagen sponge enhances bone healing of tibial osteotomies in dogs."
Officers: Drs. Larry R. Bramlage, Lexington, Ky., president; Michael M. Pavletic, Boston, chair of the Board of Regents; Steven C. Budsberg, Athens, Ga., president-elect; Robert A. Taylor, Denver, treasurer; and Alan J. Lipowitz, Peterson, Minn., executive secretary


Kentucky VMA


Event: Annual meeting, Oct. 12-14, Louisville
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Lenn R. Harrison, Lexington. A 1967 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harrison served as a professor of veterinary science and directed the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center at the University of Kentucky until the summer of 2007. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Howard E. Rennecker, Georgetown. A 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Rennecker owns Lansdowne Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Lexington. Until recently, he served on the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.
Officials: Drs. Stuart E. Brown II, Lexington, president; Steve J. Wills, Owensboro, president-elect; Heidi H. Shipman, Buckner, vice president; John W. Poe, Midway, secretary-treasurer; and Aaron Goodpaster, Lawrenceburg, immediate past president