Dr. Walter W. "Dub" Dickson
Dr. Corinne R. Sweeney
Dr. Michael J. Gay
Dr. Matthew P. Mackay-Smith
Dr. William Thomas Riddle
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine recently recognized four distinguished alumni and one young achiever.
Dr. Walter W. "Dub" Dickson (GA '54) was influential in the establishment of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dickson served on the university's board and in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He practiced previously in Gastonia, N.C. He is a past president of the North Carolina VMA.
Dr. Matthew P. Mackay-Smith (GA '58) is the co-founder and medical editor of Equus magazine, which provides the horse-owning public with information about equine care and management. Dr. Mackay-Smith also has devoted time to farrier education and is a lifelong equestrian in endurance riding.
Dr. Corinne R. Sweeney (GA '78) has spent the past three decades working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sweeney is associate dean for the New Bolton Center and executive hospital director for the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals. Her work focuses on equine respiratory disorders.
Dr. William Thomas Riddle (GA '78) is the co-founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. The hospital employs 52 veterinarians on a 24-acre campus with nine barns and 140 stalls. Dr. Riddle also was one of the first veterinarians to recognize and report mare reproductive loss syndrome.
Dr. Michael J. Gay (GA '97) received the Young Achiever Award. Dr. Gay spent two years working as an emergency veterinarian in the Atlanta area before starting Farmington Valley Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Avon, Conn. In 2005, he sold his practice to return to UGA for an anesthesiology residency.
Colorado State University recognized Dr. M.D. Salman (BAG '73) with this year's Scholarship Impact Award along with $10,000 to support his work. Dr. Salman is a professor in the university's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences. His international work includes building infrastructure for national animal health programs in countries such as Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In 2002, he helped establish the Animal Population Health Institute at Colorado State to address animal health around the world.