The National Academies of Practice, an interdisciplinary organization of health care practitioners and scholars, inducted the following six veterinarians March 26 after a forum on "Achieving Interdisciplinary Care."
Dr. Ron E. Banks (AUB '82) is director of the Duke University Office of Animal Welfare Assurance and a retired colonel with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He chairs the AVMA Convention Management and Program Committee. He is a member of the organizing committee for the American College of Animal Welfare, which is petitioning for recognition from the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties. He is a council member emeritus of the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International and a past president of the Academy of Surgical Research.
Dr. Gwendolyn Light Carroll (TEN '81) is a professor at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a past board member of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. She has studied injectable and inhalant anesthetics, opioid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, pain, and stress and distress. She is a founding member of the International Academy of Pain Management and a member of the organizing committee of the American College of Animal Welfare.
Dr. Steven R. Hansen (ISU '85) is chief operating officer of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Prior to joining the ASPCA, he was director of veterinary research for Wellmark International in Schaumburg, Ill. He spent time in private practice in Houston and Chicago. He holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Illinois, serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods, and is treasurer of the American College of Animal Welfare.
Dr. Daniel S. Marsman (MSU '86) is section head for worldwide product safety and regulatory affairs at Procter & Gamble Co., with multidisciplinary management responsibilities for personal health care and feminine care, and is a technical external lead for company programs in animal welfare and alternatives to animal testing. He previously was a pathologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and head of study design for the National Toxicology Program's testing program for chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity.
Dr. Barbara L. Sherman (OSU '89) directs the Animal Behavior Service at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she holds the position of clinical associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and works with the Animal Welfare, Ethics, and Public Policy Program. She is immediate past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a member of the organizing committee of the American College of Animal Welfare.
Dr. Alice E. Villalobos (CAL '72) founded an animal hospital and pet adoption fund in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She currently directs Pawspice of Hermosa Beach, which offers pet hospice, and an animal oncology consultation service. She is a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, Association of Veterinary Family Practice, and International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She is president of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and editor-in-chief for the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians Newsletter.
Dr. Seymour B. Bigman
Dr. Monica B. Mansfield
Dr. Catherine M. Brown
The Massachusetts VMA honored its 2010 Distinguished Service Award honoree and several Merit Award recipients this past April.
Dr. Seymour B. Bigman (MID '46) of Needham, Mass., received the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Bigman worked as a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector; a corporate veterinary representative; a private practitioner in Waltham, Mass.; a volunteer with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association/State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team; an inspector of animals for the city of Newton; and a member and chair of the Waltham Board of Health.
Dr. Monica B. Mansfield (COR '87) of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Marc Serra, of Worcester, Mass., received Merit Awards for the production of a video highlighting aspects of veterinary life and practice in the commonwealth. Dr. Mansfield is a small animal private practitioner with Medway Animal Hospital. She is the author of "The Black Panties: Tales of Animal Mischief and Veterinary Intrigue," a collection of stories from her first year in practice. She currently chairs the MVMA's Public Relations Committee.
Serra is a videographer and editor with nearly 20 years' experience. He works full time at a community media center, where he produces videos and teaches classes.
Dr. Catherine M. Brown (MIN '93) of Jamaica Plain, Mass., was given a Merit Award as well. She is the state public health veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dr. Brown was recognized for her contributions to veterinary medicine and public health in Massachusetts. She sits on the Public Health Committee for the MVMA.
Roger Lauze also received a Merit Award for his extensive work at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He is the founder of the society's Equine Ambulance Program and is the equine rescue and training coordinator there. Lauze has worked tirelessly to rescue horses in the state and across the country.
Dr. Dolores J. Kunze
Dr. Edward L. Roberson
Dr. Edwin T. Still
Dr. Jack J. Broadhurst
Dr. Walter C. Robinson III
Dr. Brett Levitzke
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine honored five alumni with the Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna Award, and one alumnus with the Young Achiever Award, March 26.
Dr. Dolores J. Kunze (GA '76) of Boiling Springs, S.C., has been an assistant professor of large animal, food animal, and equine medicine in the colleges of veterinary medicine at Michigan State and North Carolina State universities. Dr. Kunze helped found the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Spartanburg, S.C., and 20 years later continues to serve on its board. Most recently, she served two terms on the UGA Veterinary Alumni Association board.
Dr. Edward L. Roberson (GA '61) of Athens, Ga., is a veterinary parasitologist and retired professor who continues to serve the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine community. He retired from the UGA veterinary college's faculty in 1996 after 34 years as an educator. During his time at the college, Dr. Roberson served as the Department of Parasitology's graduate coordinator from 1976 until his retirement and worked on numerous committees there.
Dr. Edwin T. Still (GA '59) of Edmond, Okla., is an internationally recognized expert in atomic energy and radiation biology who served the United States during the height of the Cold War. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps when he was assigned to research the effects of radiation exposure on pilots. Dr. Still would later be tapped by the director of the Department of Defense Nuclear Agency. In the early 1980s, Dr. Still joined energy giant Kerr-McGee, now owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. He retired from the company in 1994.
Dr. Jack J. Broadhurst (GA '70) of Pinehurst, N.C., owns the Cat Health Clinic located in Pinehurst. He has conducted studies on the pathogenesis of parvovirus infection and helped identify two genotypes of pathogenic Bartonella henselae. Dr. Broadhurst recently won a patent on his novel approach to using neuraminidase inhibitors to treat a variety of infectious diseases. Before moving to North Carolina two decades ago, Dr. Broadhurst founded the first emergency hospital to serve western Connecticut, eastern New Jersey, and Westchester County, N.Y. He also spent three years on faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Walter C. Robinson III (GA '73) of Greenville, S.C., owns East North Veterinary Clinic, located in Greenville. He serves on the Veterinary Technology Advisory Board for Tri-County Technical College and Newberry College, both located in South Carolina, and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Dr. Robinson serves as the South Carolina VMA delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. In the past, he has held board positions with the Greenville County VMA, Greenville County Veterinary Emergency Clinic, and Blue Ridge VMA. He also served on the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the South Carolina State Election Commission.
Also of note, Dr. Brett Levitzke (GA '00) of Brooklyn, N.Y., earned the Young Achiever award. Dr. Levitzke founded the borough's first and only emergency and specialty veterinary hospital, the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group. VERG, founded in 2005, has grown into a practice of more than 20 veterinary specialists; it now includes a second location in Brooklyn and another hospital in Rome, Italy. Dr. Levitzke also aids local law enforcement's efforts to prosecute cases of animal cruelty by providing forensics support and expert testimony.