April 01, 2016


 Missouri VMA

Posted March 16, 2016 

Dr. Scott A. Fray Dr. Mel H. Falk

Event: 124th annual convention, Jan. 21-24, Osage Beach
Program: The convention offered 60 continuing education lectures and drew more than 500 attendees. 
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Scott A. Fray, Boonville. A 1991 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Fray owns Cooper County Animal Hospital. He is a past president of the MVMA, a member of its Resource Referral Task Force, and serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation. Dr. Fray is also a member of the Society for Theriogenology, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. President’s Award: William H. Fales, PhD, Columbia. Dr. Fales is professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an honorary diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award: Dr. Edward J. Migneco, St. Louis, was honored for his service to veterinary medicine in Missouri and his work with the association. A 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Migneco owns Hillside Animal Clinic. He volunteers with several animal welfare organizations, including Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Honorary Membership Award of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice: Dr. Linda Hickam, Jefferson City, won this award, given for distinguished or meritorious service to the veterinary profession. A 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hickam is Missouri state veterinarian and director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division. Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Distinguished Service Award: Rhonda Blythe, Holts Summit. Blythe serves as the bookkeeper and staff support person for the MVMF.
Officials: MVMA—Dr. Mel H. Falk, Lee’s Summit, president; Dr. Clifford J. Miller, Moberly, president-elect; Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, Fulton, vice president; Dr. Shelia L. Taylor, Springfield, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Charles L. Barry, Warrensburg, Executive Board chair/immediate past president; and Richard D. Antweiler, Jefferson City, executive director. Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice—Dr. Richard D. Linn, Ozark, president; Dr. Lauren Smith, Kansas City, president-elect; Dr. Jessica Stroupe, Armstrong, vice president; and Richard Antweiler, Jefferson City, executive secretary/treasurer. Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation—Dr. William J. Shore, St. Louis, board chair; Dr. Clark A. Gwin, Chillicothe, board vice chair; George Buckloo, Lake Tapawingo, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Roger Dozier, Jefferson City, museum director