June 15, 2008

 

 Accolades - June 15, 2008

 
posted June 1, 2008

Government

 
Dr. John R. Dunn
Dr. John R. Dunn

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that Dr. John R. Dunn (LSU '97) was the recipient of the 2008 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award.

The award honors Dr. James H. Steele, who was the first chief of the Veterinary Public Health Division at CDC in 1947, and who has been a lifelong advocate of veterinary public health (see page 1782). The award is given each year to a current or recent Epidemic Intelligence Service officer who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to veterinary public health.

Dr. Dunn was honored for his exemplary work to understand and prevent the transmission of zoonotic enteric pathogens from animals to humans in public settings such as fairs and petting zoos. He is chief of foodborne, vectorborne, and zoonotic diseases in the Tennessee Department of Health's Communicable and Environmental Disease Services.

 

Academia

 
Dr. Walter W.
Dr. Walter W. "Dub" Dickson

Dr. Corinne R. Sweeney
Dr. Corinne R. Sweeney

Dr. Michael J. Gay
Dr. Michael J. Gay

Dr. Matthew P. Mackay-Smith
Dr. Matthew P. Mackay-Smith

Dr. William Thomas Riddle
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.