September 15, 2011

 
Convention Coverage

 Recognizing excellence

posted August 31, 2011

 

AVMA bestows awards for contributions to profession

The AVMA acknowledged a number of individuals in July during the AVMA Annual Convention in St. Louis for their efforts to advance veterinary medicine, animal welfare, and public health.

Dr. John W. Albers received the AVMA Award, the Association's highest honor, and Dr. Nancy D. Kay received the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award (see JAVMA, Sept. 1, 2011, pages 541 and 543). Fifteen other veterinarians and one nonveterinarian also received awards during the convention. Below are some career highlights of these recipients. In addition, Dr. Mary Beth Leininger received the Russell Anthony Award for commitment to the AVMA Political Action Committee (see page 719).

The AVMA is accepting nominations for many of next year's awards. Information and nomination forms are available at www.avma.org/awards.  

AVMA Animal Welfare Award

This award recognizes an AVMA member for achievements in advancing the welfare of animals.

 

Dr. Jan K. Shearer

Dr. Jan K. Shearer
professor, Iowa State University
 

Dr. Shearer's primary research and extension interests are lameness and welfare issues of cattle. He is chair of the Food Animal Working Group of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia and a past chair of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Animal Welfare Committee. He serves on the board of directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and on the organizing committee of the proposed American College of Animal Welfare. 

Charles River Prize

The Charles River Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility program sponsors this award for an AVMA member who has contributed to laboratory animal science.

 

Dr. Steven L. Leary

Dr. Steven L. Leary
assistant vice chancellor, Washington University 

Throughout his career, Dr. Leary has promoted the welfare of laboratory animals through organizations such as the National Association for Biomedical Research and Mid-Continent Association for Agriculture, Biomedical Research and Education.

Dr. Leary serves as chair of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia. He is an emeritus member of the council of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and a past chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. 

AVMA Humane Award

This award recognizes a nonveterinarian for achievements in advancing the welfare of animals.

 

Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay
founder, Massachusetts Animal Coalition  

Lindsay consults with humane organizations on team building, board development, coalition building, and compassion fatigue. She is a clinical instructor at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on the subjects of pet loss and euthanasia. She also serves as a board member of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team and a member of the Tufts steering committee for shelter medicine. She is a past president of the New England Federation of Humane Societies.

 

AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

This award recognizes a veterinarian for lifetime achievement in basic, applied, or clinical research.

 

Dr. Donald F. Patterson

Dr. Donald F. Patterson
emeritus professor, University of Pennsylvania 

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Patterson became an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and studied genetic defects in canine cardiac development. He was the first chief of the Section of Clinical Cardiology, then founded a medical genetics clinic at the veterinary school. From 1985-2000, he was principal investigator for the Referral Center for Animal Models of Human Genetic Disease. In 1995, he founded the Center for Research in Comparative Medical Genetics. He retired in 2000.  

AVMA Practitioner Research Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member who has contributed to research while working in private practice.

 

Dr. Dominic J. Marino

Dr. Dominic J. Marino
chief of staff, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, New York  

Dr. Marino directs the Canine Chiari Institute at Long Island Veterinary Specialists, and he has published a free handbook on Chiari-like malformation at www.caninechiariinstitute.org. He is on the board of the New York Veterinary Foundation and the Police Surgeons Benevolent Association, and he serves as a surgical consultant for numerous nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.  

AVMA Public Service Award

This award recognizes an AVMA member for contributions to public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.

 

Dr. John P. Huntley

Dr. John P. Huntley
area veterinarian in charge, U.S. Department of Agriculture  

From March 2003 to March 2004, Dr. Huntley served with the U.S. Army in Baghdad. He commanded a unit that engaged in civil infrastructure projects such as rebuilding medical clinics, schools, and the University of Baghdad's veterinary college.

Dr. Huntley is the Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services area veterinarian in charge for Washington state, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. He has served on the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee, and the executive board of the United States Animal Health Association.  

XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize

This award recognizes an AVMA member who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine.

 

Dr. Paula L. Cowen

Dr. Paula L. Cowen
director, professional development staff, USDA Veterinary Services 

Dr. Cowen has engaged in veterinary capacity building in a number of countries, beginning in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and serves as coordinator of the American Team for International Veterinary Affairs. The team consists mostly of Americans from government, the military, academia, the AVMA, and other nongovernmental organizations who are collaborating across organizational lines to improve animal health infrastructure in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Africa.  

Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award

The Student AVMA gives this award to recognize a professor who educates, inspires, and strongly impacts veterinary students.

 

Dr. Linda A. Mizer

Dr. Linda A. Mizer
senior lecturer, Cornell University  

At Cornell's veterinary college, Dr. Mizer is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences with primary teaching responsibilities in "The Animal Body"—a 12-hour, case-based, multidisciplinary course for first-year veterinary students. She also teaches a 3-hour course on ruminant anatomy and is pursuing an interest in camelid anatomy.  

Student AVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award

The Student AVMA gives this award to recognize a professor who goes beyond collegiate responsibilities to focus on education in the community.

 

Dr. Karen K. Cornell

Dr. Karen K. Cornell
professor, University of Georgia  

In 2009, Dr. Cornell co-founded Vets for Pets and People to disseminate information about links between animal abuse and domestic violence. The group also cares for pets whose owners seek protection from abusive situations.

Dr. Cornell teaches communication skills as an elective course and as a component of veterinary students' surgery rotations. She instituted a personal and professional development course for interns and residents. She also serves on the ACVS Board of Regents.  

AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and American Kennel Club created this award for an AVMA member who has contributed to canine research.

 

Dr. Peter Muir

Dr. Peter Muir
professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison  

During his career, Dr. Muir has had a particular interest in fracture repair in dogs and cats and in tendon and ligament diseases in dogs, particularly cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Last year, he published "The Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament," first in a series of specialty textbooks that the ACVS Foundation has established. He has served in leadership roles on the ACVS Credentials Committee, ACVS Journal Advisory Board, and AVMA Council on Research.  

AVMF/Winn Excellence in Feline Research Award

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Winn Feline Foundation created this award for contributions to feline research.

 

Dr. Jody L. Gookin

Dr. Jody L. Gookin
associate professor, North Carolina State University  

At North Carolina State University, Dr. Gookin earned her doctorate in gastrointestinal physiology and achieved board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She currently is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Gookin also advocates for mentorship of the next generation of clinician-scientists as co-director of the NCSU Veterinary Scholars Program and as a leader for research training programs in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health.  

Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award

The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society gives this award for advancement of human health through veterinary epidemiology and public health. The sponsor is Hartz Mountain Corp.

 

Dr. Craig N. Carter

Dr. Craig N. Carter
professor, University of Kentucky  

Dr. Carter's research has focused on the epidemiology of leptospirosis, Rhodococcus pneumonia in foals, near-real-time systems for detecting disease, and continuous electronic monitoring of livestock health. A retired colonel in the Army Reserve and a consultant for federal government agencies, he has traveled extensively on military deployments and to participate in agricultural capacity building. He is president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and executive director of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.  

Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award

The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society gives this award for advancement of human health through veterinary epidemiology and public health. The sponsor is Hartz Mountain Corp.

 

Dr. Alejandro B. Thiermann

Dr. Alejandro B. Thiermann
president, OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code Commission  

Earlier in his career, Dr. Thiermann was national program leader for animal health research within the USDA Agricultural Research Service. He joined APHIS in 1989 as the deputy administrator for international services, promoting the agency's role in trade facilitation and leading overseas eradication and control programs to promote animal and plant health.

Dr. Thiermann later became APHIS senior trade coordinator and regional director with responsibility for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He served twice as chairman of the World Trade Organization's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committee. 

AVMA President's Award

The AVMA president gives this award to individuals or groups who have made a positive impact on health, veterinary organizations, and the profession.

 

Dr. Christina Kornegay

Dr. Christina Kornegay
co-owner, Antoine-Little York Animal Clinic, Houston 

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Kornegay was a director or officer of the Harris County VMA from 1982-1986, serving as president in 1985. She was on the Texas VMA board of directors from 1986-1991 and executive board from 1992-1999, serving as president in 1998.

Dr. Kornegay was on the executive board of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice from 1989-1992, serving as president in 1991. She was on the CE committee of the Southwest Veterinary Symposium from 2001-2004. She was Texas delegate to the AVMA from 2003-2009. She also served as president of an emergency referral group for several years. 

AVMA President's Award

The AVMA president gives this award to individuals or groups who have made a positive impact on health, veterinary organizations, and the profession.

 

Dr. Bret D. Marsh

Dr. Bret D. Marsh
Indiana state veterinarian  

As Indiana state veterinarian, Dr. Marsh is responsible for state animal health programs and inspection services for meat, poultry, and dairy products. He advises the Indiana State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Dr. Marsh served a special detail to the Department of Agriculture on matters of homeland security, representing the views of state veterinarians on the nation's ability to preserve and protect agricultural assets. He is a past president of the Indiana VMA, the United States Animal Health Association, and the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association.  

AVMA President's Award

The AVMA president gives this award to individuals or groups who have made a positive impact on health, veterinary organizations, and the profession.

 

Dr. Evan M. Morse

Dr. Evan M. Morse
president, Warrensville Animal Hospital, Ohio  

Dr. Morse has been chair and a presenter for diversity symposia at the AVMA Annual Convention and was a force behind the AVMA Task Force on Diversity. He chaired the Ohio VMA Diversity Committee and Iverson Bell Veterinary Diversity Symposium.

Founder and president of Warrensville Animal Hospital near Cleveland, Dr. Morse also co-founded a consortium of veterinarians to serve needy pet owners in Cleveland. He has served as a veterinary consultant for Sea World, police, the media, and other institutions. He is a past president of the Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine.