April 15, 2008

 

 Assemblies - April 15, 2008

 
posted April 1, 2008
 

American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians

 

Event: Annual conference, Oct. 20-26, 2007, Knoxville, Tenn.
Program: The conference was held jointly with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Michael Hutchins, executive director of The Wildlife Society, spoke at the conference.
Business: The AAWV membership elected to adopt a five-year strategic plan. Goals of the plan include increasing communication opportunities among members and outside the organization, international and student membership, and the organization's influence on wildlife health policy at the national level.
Officials: Drs. Jonathan Sleeman, Richmond, Va., president; Mark Cunningham, Gainesville, Fla., vice president; Colin Gillin, Corallis, Ore., secretary; Mark Drew, Caldwell, Idaho, treasurer; and Kirsten Gilardi, Davis, Calif., immediate past-president

 

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

 
Dr. Mary Denver
Dr. Mary Denver
 
Dr. Tom Meehan
Dr. Tom Meehan

 

Event: Annual conference, Oct. 20-26, 2007, Knoxville, Tenn., hosted by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and the Knoxville Zoological Garden
Program: The conference was held jointly with the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. There were 244 registered participants, including 79 students, representing 17 countries.
Awards: Emil P. Dolensek Award: Dr. Scott Citino, Yulee, Fla., for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife. A 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University and a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, Dr. Citino is the staff veterinarian at White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee. He also serves as courtesy clinical associate professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and as veterinary adviser for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Okapi Species Survival Plan. Dr. Citino's research focuses on clinically applicable problems in captive and free-ranging wildlife, with an emphasis on development of anesthetic protocols in ungulates. Duane E. Ullrey Achievement Award: David E. Wildt, PhD, Front Royal, Va., for exceptional achievements in the science of captive wild animal care in an allied field critical to the AAZV. Dr. Wildt is senior scientist and head of the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Conservation, and Research Center. He also chairs the Wildlife Advisory Board of the Morris Animal Foundation. Dr. Wildt's interdisciplinary research efforts have led to greater understanding of the health and biology of several keystone species, including the cheetah, Florida panther, black-footed ferret, and the giant panda. AAZV/Morris Animal Foundation Graduate Student Manuscript Competition: First place—Dr. M. Camille Harris (MIS '04), for "Tonometry and tear production assessment in a colony of screech owls (Megascops osio)"; and second place—Dr. Deena Brenner (NCU '04), for "Development of an avian brachial plexus nerve block technique for perioperative analgesia using mallard ducks." Wildlife Pharmaceuticals Student Manuscript Presentation: First place—Choy Foon Seng, Universiti Putra Malaysia, for "A comparative study of blood lipids and stress levels between captive and semi-captive orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) under tropical conditions"; and second place—Katherine Fogelberg (TEX '08), for "Potential impact of common feline disease on endangered ocelots in southern Texas"; and Dr. Judilee Marrow (IL '07), for "Presumptive hypertension related blindness (ocular disease) in slender loris (Loris tardrigidus)."
Officials: Drs. Mary Denver, Baltimore, president; Tom Meehan, Chicago, president-elect; Jan Ramer, Indianapolis, vice president; Kay Backues, Tulsa, Okla., secretary; Victoria Clyde, Milwaukee, treasurer; and Edward Ramsay, Knoxville, Tenn., immediate past president

 

American College of Zoological Medicine

 
Dr. Craig A. Harms
Dr. Craig A. Harms
 
Dr. James W. Carpenter
Dr. James W. Carpenter


Event:
Annual conference, Oct. 21, 2007, Knoxville, Tenn.
Awards: ACZM Student Manuscript Award: Dr. Christine Fiorello, Athens, Ga., for "Demography, hunting ecology, and pathogen exposure of domestic dogs in the Isoso of Bolivia." The ACZM Presidential Award for service was given to Drs. Kay Backues, Tulsa, Okla.; Stephen Hernandez-Divers, Athens, Ga.; Ted Mashima, College Park, Md.; and Michael Stoskopf, Raleigh, N.C.
Officials: Drs. James W. Carpenter, Manhattan, Kan., president; Craig A. Harms, Morehead City, N.C., vice president; Mark L. Drew, Caldwell, Idaho, secretary; Jonathan M. Sleeman, Richmond, Va., treasurer; and Mark D. Stetter, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., immediate past president

 

Virginia VMA

 
Dr. Gregory S. Hammer
Dr. Gregory S. Hammer
 
Dr. Lisa Miller
Dr. Lisa Miller
 
Dr. Steven B. Karras
Dr. Steven B. Karras
 
Dr. Thomas Massie Jr.
Dr. Thomas Massie Jr.
 

Event: Annual meeting, Feb. 21-24, Roanoke
Awards: Paul F. Landis Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Gregory S. Hammer, Dover, Del., was honored for exemplary service as a veterinarian and exceptional contributions to organized veterinary medicine at the local, state, and national levels. A 1973 graduate of Kansas State University, Dr. Hammer is president of the AVMA and part-owner and partner at Brenford Animal Hospital, a small animal and equine practice in Dover. He served as a veterinary medical officer in the Air Force from 1974-1976, holding the rank of captain. Dr. Hammer represented District II on the AVMA Executive Board for six years and has served on the Delaware VMA Executive Board since 1986. Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian: Dr. Lisa Miller, Staunton, for bringing recognition to veterinary medicine in the state. A 1987 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Miller co-owns Augusta/Valley Animal Hospital in Staunton and is one of the founders of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Veterinary Emergency Services. She serves as Virginia's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and is a past president of the VVMA.
Officials: Drs. Steven B. Karras, Roanoke, president; Thomas Massie Jr., Washington, Va., president-elect; William Tyrrell Jr., Leesburg, vice president; Kelly Gottschalk, Richmond, secretary-treasurer; and Lauren Keating, Natural Bridge, immediate past president