Dr. Thomas R. Kendall
Dr. Donald J.
Dr. Lori O'Neil
Dr. Bill Grant II
Dr. Mark Nunez
Event: Annual Pacific Veterinary Conference, June 26-29, San Francisco
Awards: Distinguished Life Membership Award: Drs. Thomas R. Kendall, Sacramento, and Donald J. Klingborg, Davis. A 1969 graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Kendall owns Arden Animal Hospital in Sacramento and is a recent appointee to the California Veterinary Medical Board. He has served as president of the California VMA and co-chaired its legislative committee. A 1972 graduate of the University of California-Davis, Dr. Klingborg is associate dean at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He helped develop the CVMA's mentoring presentation kit and internship/residency program. Dr. Klingborg also helped create the annual Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship Program and co-chaired the animal welfare committee. California Registered Veterinary Technicians' Outstanding DVM of the Year: Dr. Lori O'Neil, Oxnard. A 2001 graduate of Purdue University, Dr. O'Neil owns Adobe Animal Hospital in Oxnard. A former veterinary technician, she mentors and supports veterinary technicians and promotes continuing education. Outstanding Registered Veterinary Technician of the Year (non-private practice): Gregory S. Nelson, Campbell. Nelson is the lead veterinary technician at Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Comparative Medicine. He emphasizes humane treatment and pain management for the animals in his care and trains researchers and students on animal handling and animal biomedical techniques. Outstanding Registered Veterinary Technician of the Year (private practice): Judy Bell, Alta. Bell is the senior technician at Companion Veterinary Clinic in Auburn. During her 35-year career, she has become known for her patience and compassion, mentoring skills, positive attitude, and focus on team work. Meritorious Service Award: Woodland Veterinary Hospital, Woodland, and Pen Pals of San Quentin, Novato, for promotion of the human-animal bond in California. Woodland Veterinary Hospital offers two free educational programs for children in Yolo and Sacramento counties, focusing on pet care and safety, and careers in veterinary sciences via hospital tours, observation of common veterinary procedures and surgery, and hands-on activities. A partnership between the Marin Humane Society and San Quentin State Prison, Pen Pals of San Quentin teaches selected minimum security inmates at the prison how to care for dogs with special needs, thereby making them adoptable.
Officials: Drs. Bill Grant II, Anaheim, president; Mark Nunez, Burbank, president-elect; George Bishop, Carmel, treasurer; and Jeff Smith, Middletown, immediate past president