Event: Annual meeting, Oct. 4-7, 2012, Loveland
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Ursula Eckert-Peterson, Loveland. A 1985 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Eckert-Peterson owns Coppergate Animal Clinic, a small, exotic, and alternative medicine practice. She serves as a veterinary adviser for the Dog Tags program, a Puppies Behind Bars initiative that assists wounded veterans. Dr. Eckert-Peterson is a founding member of the Pet Hospice Program at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and serves on the board of directors of the McKee Medical Center Foundation. She is active with the Larimer County VMA and served 15 years on the board of directors of the Larimer Humane Society. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Lance Perryman, Windsor, for outstanding service to the advancement of veterinary medicine over an extended period in Colorado in any or all aspects of the profession. A 1970 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Perryman retired this past year as dean of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. During his tenure, the college saw a substantial increase in extramurally funded research, and students were afforded new opportunities to develop their professional and hands-on skills. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Perryman is a past president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and is active with the Larimer County VMA. Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Khursheed Mama, Fort Collins. A 1989 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mama is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is a diplomate and president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. Rising Star Award: Dr. Jessica Rychel, Fort Collins. A 2009 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Rychel practices emergency medicine at the Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital, incorporating pain management and integrative medicine. She is certified in medical acupuncture and physical rehabilitation for small animals. Dr. Rychel is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Technician of the Year: Dawn Oliver, Ridgway. Oliver is a certified veterinary technician at Ridgway Animal Hospital. She has twice served as vice president of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians, and has chaired its Ethics and Financial committees. Industry Partner of the Year: Melissa Perkins, Parker, won this award, given to a company representative considered highly valuable in providing resources to veterinarians and in supporting the association’s goals and mission. Perkins is the Colorado and Nebraska territory manager for Merial. She assists practices with donations of short-dated vaccines and informational material and is involved with the veterinary community on both a local and statewide level. President’s Award: Dr. Ted Cohn, Lone Tree, for his unwavering support of the association, thorough and ethical representation of Colorado veterinarians through his position as District IX representative on the AVMA Executive Board, and encouragement and exceptional mentorship of the CVMA president; and Ralph Johnson, Denver, for his leadership as executive director of the association through strategic thinking, skilled relationship building, and insightful guidance for the president. Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians Team of the Year Award: Central Veterinary Emergency Services in Englewood was acknowledged as a veterinary health care team that demonstrates exceptional teamwork. Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies Veterinary Partnership Award: Dr. Kirk W. Falduto, Trinidad, won this award, given in recognition of a veterinarian who has made a difference to homeless and abused animals by volunteering with a local animal care and control agency, animal shelter, or rescue group. A 1993 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Falduto serves as attending veterinarian at Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association in Trinidad. He provides cost-effective spay/neuter services and volunteers his time for health examinations, administering of vaccines, and training of staff.
Business: The CVMA was one of six VMAs that participated in the Power of Ten Leadership Initiative put together by the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives in collaboration with Elanco Animal Health. The program is designed to cultivate leadership capacity in recent graduates and provide a learning experience that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community, profession, and association.
Officials: Drs. Randa MacMillan, Littleton, president; Peter Hellyer, Fort Collins, president-elect; Erin Epperly, Fowler, secretary-treasurer; Curtis Crawford, Monte Vista, secretary-treasurer-elect; Apryl Steele, Littleton, immediate past president; and AVMA delegate and alternate delegate—Drs. John Rule, Steamboat Springs, and Melanie Marsden, Colorado Springs