August 01, 2010



Posted July 18, 2010

Dr. James M. Shuler

Dr. Kendra E. Stauffer


Dr. James M. Shuler (GA '70) received the 2010 Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Virginia Tech on May 13.

The annual award recognizes outstanding service to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the university as a whole. Dr. Shuler earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Virginia Tech in 1966 and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine four years later.

Dr. Shuler founded and operated the Companion Animal Clinic, Blacksburg, Va., and is now retired from practice. He is currently a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 12th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

A noted veterinarian, community leader, and businessman, Dr. Shuler has been a strong advocate for agriculture, the veterinary profession, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Shuler was inducted into the veterinary college's John Dalton Society, and was on the original executive board of the Citizens Committee for the Veterinary College that helped bring the college into existence.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that Dr. Kendra E. Stauffer (FL '99) was the recipient of the 2010 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award.

The award is named for the first chief of the CDC's Veterinary Public Health Division, and it is given annually to current or recent Epidemic Intelligence Service officers for outstanding contributions to veterinary public health.

Dr. Stauffer, an EIS officer since 2008 on detail from the Veterinary Services branch of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, led a multistate investigation of brucellosis cases linked to feral swine hunting, and she has provided essential work on the CDC's anthrax investigative and preparedness activities.