The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine awarded its highest honor, The Stange Award for Meritorious Service in Veterinary Medicine, to three outstanding alumni on Oct. 24.
Dr. Scott Armbrust (ISU '75), Green Bay, Wis., is president and owner of Paradocs Embryo Transfer, which provides bovine embryo transfer, marketing, and exporting. Dr. Armbrust has been instrumental in opening new foreign markets for frozen embryos. He is a past president of the American Embryo Transfer Association and a board director from 1995-1999.
Dr. Maarten Drost (ISU '62), Gainesville, Fla., is a professor emeritus at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Drost was recognized for being a pioneer in the area of fetal surgery. He produced a water buffalo calf by embryo transfer in 1983 in the U.S. and created a Web atlas, the Drost Project, which is a comprehensive visual guide to animal reproduction.
Dr. Gary Knutsen (ISU '75), Naples, Fla., is president of Systems Pathology Company, a computerized imaging company. Dr. Knutsen also is chair and CEO of Toxicology Pathology Associates, a company that serves the research pathology needs of the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research. Dr. Knutsen founded Pathology Associates International, which became one of the world's largest independent toxicologic pathology providers. It is now a division of Charles River Laboratories.
Washington State University awarded Dr. Roger O. McClellan (WSU '60) the Regent's Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the university grants to an alumnus.
Dr. McClellan spoke on "Science and Public Policy: An Uneasy Relationship" following the award presentation Oct. 17 at the University of California-Davis. Dr. McClellan is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. He is regarded as a pioneering researcher in the fields of inhalations toxicology, comparative medicine, and human health risk analysis.
The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association honored Drs. Joseph Connor, Stephen Sundlof, and John Van Vleet with the 2008 Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award Sept. 11 during the College of Veterinary Medicine's fall conference for veterinarians.
After completing his veterinary degree, Dr. Connor (IL '76) established the Carthage Veterinary Service in Carthage, Ill. Today, this internationally known practice employs nine veterinarians, and its subsidiary, Professional Swine Management, employs 360 and manages 60,000 sows throughout all stages of pork production. He is credited with helping to revive the Midwestern swine industry.
After teaching veterinary pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Florida, Dr. Sundlof (IL '80) became director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, a position he held from 1994-2008. He played a key part in introducing extensive programs to ensure that bovine spongiform encephalopathy would not endanger the U.S. animal feed system. Dr. Sundlof currently is director of the agency's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Dr. Van Vleet (IL '67) is professor of veterinary pathology and associate dean for academic affairs at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is internationally renowned for his research in toxicologic pathology and cardiovascular disease. His research also examines the effect of selenium and vitamin E deficiency in animals' diets.