Posted Nov. 30, 2011
Dr. Mark L. Anderson
Dr. Craig A. Harms
Dr. William F. McCulloch
Dr. Loras C. Wilgenbusch
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine awarded three alumni the 2011 Stange Award for Meritorious Service and one alumnus the William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine on Oct. 22.
Drs. Mark L. Anderson, Craig A. Harms, and William F. McCulloch received the Stange award.
Dr. Anderson (ISU '75) owns and manages clinics in the Wisconsin towns of Elmwood and Spring Valley that employ six full-time veterinarians. He also established and maintains three manufacturing companies nearby that provide research and product development for manufacturers, clinics, and end users. The first, Mark Anderson and Associates Inc., focuses on fabrication and assembly of tubing and film. Next is Genesis Industries Inc., which is dedicated to molded containers. Later, Genesis Instruments was formed to produce instruments and delivery systems.
Dr. Anderson's companies have developed unique containers and delivery systems for dispensing products orally, topically, through water, or by injection.
Dr. Harms (ISU '89) is an associate professor of aquatic, wildlife, and zoologic medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He shares his expertise among three aquariums in North Carolina, the veterinary college, and the marine mammal and sea turtle stranding networks of North Carolina. Dr. Harms serves as president of the American College of Zoological Medicine.
Recently he has been tasked with developing the marine veterinary medicine programs at the NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.
Dr. McCulloch (ISU '56) co-founded the Delta Society, an organization dedicated to improving human health through service and therapy animals, in 1977. His distinguished career includes early research on the epidemiology of several zoonotic diseases found in Iowa or other areas of the Midwest. He is the author and co-editor of one of the leading textbooks on zoonotic diseases, "Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Man."
Dr. McCulloch was chair of the AVMA Council on Education and founding chair of the AVMA Committee on the Human-Animal Bond. He created the first urban extension veterinary position while he was a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Loras C. Wilgenbusch (ISU '72) was honored with the Switzer Award. He owned a mixed animal practice in Victor, Iowa, for 38 years. In that time, Dr. Wilgenbusch had a new facility built to accommodate small and large animal surgical and treatment areas. The practice also partnered with area veterinarians to offer clients more specialized care. Now retired, Dr. Wilgenbusch continues to work in the clinic when needed and to help young veterinarians transition into practice life. He served on the Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council for six years.