August 01, 2009



Posted July 18, 2009 


Capt. Walter R. Daley
Capt. Walter R. Daley

 Capt. Charlotte A. Spires
Capt. Charlotte A. Spires

Two veterinarians received awards June 2 at the U.S. Public Health Service Scientific and Training Symposium in Atlanta.

Capt. Walter R. Daley (GA '83) of Snellville, Ga., received the 2009 U.S. Public Health Service Veterinarian of the Year Award, and Capt. Charlotte A. Spires (TUS '82) of Temple Hills, Md., received the 2008 Commissioned Corps Veterinary Responder of the Year Award.

Capt. Daley is the chief of the Epidemic Intelligence Service Field Assignments Branch in the Career Development Division of the Office of Workforce and Career Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the PHS, he has demonstrated extraordinary leadership during his 15 years with the Public Health Service, during which he has responded to disasters and investigated health risks in the United States and worldwide.

Among his responses, he studied carbon monoxide poisoning following an ice storm in Maine and assessed people's needs and the emotional impact on displaced children following an earthquake in Turkey. He also led a CDC team responding to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and studied lead exposure in Russia, Bangladesh, and Mexico.

Capt. Spires' leadership and innovation have had a substantial positive impact on improving public health in the U.S.

Capt. Spires, an epidemiologist with the Office of Crisis Management in the Food and Drug Administration's Office of the Commissioner, received her award for work in emergency response and preparedness for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Capt. Spires developed a concept of operations for the Veterinary Rapid Deployment Force team. She serves on the Veterinary Equipment Cache Work Group and the Veterinary Professional Advisory Committee Readiness Subcommittee.

In responding to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Capt. Spires managed data collection in two shelters and performed clinical triage for about 600 animals. During Hurricane Ike, she coordinated and oversaw pet care at animal relocation facilities.



In May, the American Veterinary Medical History Society presented three $1,500 awards in the North American J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest, conducted during the 2008-2009 school year.

Ashley Mitek, University of Illinois, who wrote "From Early Man to Man o' War: A History of the Cribbing Horse," won first place.

Valerie Livingston, Kansas State University, who wrote "Foot and Mouth Disease: A Story of Resilience," won second place.

Tiffany Lee, Kansas State University, who wrote "Brisket Disease in Cattle: A Brief Overview and History," won third place.

Merck provided the cash awards and a Merck Veterinary Manual for each winner.

The awards are intended to foster interest in veterinary medical history among veterinary students, and through research to broaden their appreciation of work and events of earlier times. The winning manuscripts will be published in future issues of Veterinary Heritage, the AVMHS' journal.