In 2007, eight veterinarians were inducted into the National Academies of Practice at the NAP Membership Banquet, Nov. 3 in Arlington, Va. The NAP was founded in 1981 to address problems in health care. Its goals include advising governmental bodies and serving as an interdisciplinary forum that addresses public policy, education, research, and inquiry.
The NAP inductees are as follows.
Dr. René A. Carlson (MIN '78) is the owner and director of the Animal Hospital of Chetek in Chetek, Wis. She designed and built this facility, which received the 2000 Veterinary Economics Practice of Excellence Award. A member of the AVMA Council on Education, Dr. Carlson served as vice president of the Association from 2004-2006. She is also a leader in her state and local associations.
Dr. Gregory S. Hammer (KSU '73) is part-owner and partner at Brenford Animal Hospital, a small animal/equine practice in Dover, Del. As AVMA president, Dr. Hammer is focusing on veterinary workforce expansion and animal welfare issues. He has served on the Executive Board and in the House of Delegates and is active in state associations.
Dr. Roger K. Mahr (ISU '71) established Meadow View Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, Ill., and owned and directed it from 1974-2005. AVMA president in 2006-2007, he recommended establishment of the One Health Initiative Task Force, which met for the first time recently. He has been president of the Illinois State and Chicago VMAs and chaired the AVMA Executive Board and the Illinois Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board.
Colonel Donald L. Noah (OSU '85) is acting as deputy assistant secretary for weapons of mass destruction and biodefense in the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs. Previously, he was Department of Defense liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, he was special assistant for biological defense at the Pentagon. He has held other positions with the CDC and Air Force. He chaired the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kenneth E. Nusbaum (COR '76) is associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. From 1992-1993, he served as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow on the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. An accomplished scholar in teaching, research, and outreach, he has published in refereed journals and texts.
Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou (MSU '72) is executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Previously, she was a professor of infectious disease epidemiology with the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. She had a joint appointment with the College of Veterinary Medicine. A 21-year career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention preceded that. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Dr. John R. Pascoe (QLD '75) is executive associate dean at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. A professor of surgery, he joined the UC-Davis faculty in 1983 and held positions that have included department chair. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and editor-in-chief of Veterinary Surgery, the official journal of the American and European colleges of veterinary surgeons.
Dr. James C. Wright (GA '74) is associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. His previous appointments were at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Oklahoma. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Along with his professional skills and expertise, he works in extension and outreach with his colleagues and community groups.