December 15, 2016


 Colorado VMA

​Posted Nov. 30, 2016 

Dr. Melanie Marsden ​Dr. William Fredregill ​​​Dr. William French
​​Dr. Kristy Dowers ​Linda Durland ​Andrew McDowell

​State Rep. Joanna Ginal


​​​State Sen. Jerry

Leo Boyle


Annual meeting, Sept. 22-25, Loveland
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Melanie Marsden, Colorado Springs. A 1994 graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Marsden owns Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, also serving as veterinarian for the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center in Calhan. She is a member of the AVMA House Advisory Committee; a past president of the CVMA, currently serving as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates; and a member of the board of directors for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. William Fredregill, Sterling. A 1973 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Fredregill owns a small animal practice in Sterling. He helped establish the Logan County Humane Society and works with the Colorado Correction Industry’s Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program. A past president of the CVMA, Dr. Fredregill chairs the association’s Commission on Advocacy and Outreach and serves as the American Animal Hospital Association’s alternate delegate to the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in founding Concerned Colorado Veterinarians, an organization assisting those in the veterinary community dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, and also in founding Colorado’s Veterinarian Peer Health Assistance Program. Rising Star Award: Dr. William French, Sedalia. A 2011 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. French practices at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton. He is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and chiropractic. Dr. French serves as CVMA secretary-treasurer and is a member of the association’s Task Force on Pharmacy Issues. Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Kristy Dowers, Bellvue. A 1997 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Dowers is an associate professor and small animal internist at the CSU CVM&BS. Her clinical interests focus on feline medicine, urinary tract diseases, and endocrinopathies. Dr. Dowers is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She represented Colorado State University at the 2016 Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium. Technician of the Year: Linda Durland, Yuma. A certified veterinary technician, Durland works for a practice in Yuma, where she began as a veterinary technician and later took on the added responsibility of practice manager. She volunteers at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, educating visitors, leading food drives, and raising donations. Industry Partner of the Year: Andrew McDowell, Littleton. McDowell is a regional manager with Boehringer Ingelheim, serving Colorado’s Great Plains region. He identifies ways to assist veterinarians in the development and growth of their practices, helps BI sponsor continuing education and CVMA events in the region, and advocates for an expanded relationship between BI and Colorado veterinarians. Earlier in his career, McDowell worked for Pfizer Animal Health. President’s Award: State Rep. Joann Ginal, Fort Collins; State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, Sterling; and Leo Boyle, Denver. Representing Colorado House District 52, Ginal was honored for her sponsorship of HB16-1324 and efforts in developing and passing the house bill, giving veterinarians improved access to compounded medications that are critical for animal health and well-being. Representing District 1, Sonnenberg was recognized for his sponsorship of and efforts in the passage of HB16-1324. A lobbyist for the CVMA, Boyle was honored for his advocacy on behalf of the CVMA and for his efforts in advancing legislation that improves the well-being of veterinarians and animals, such as HB16-1324, and improves the economic and emotional vibrancy of communities.
Officials: Dr. Sam Romano, Arvada, president; Dr. William French, Sedalia, president-elect; Dr. Joy Furhman, Fort Collins, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Stacee Santi, Durango, secretary-treasurer–elect; Dr. Curtis Crawford, Monte Vista, immediate past president; Ralph Johnson, Denver, executive director; and AVMA delegate  and alternate delegate—Drs. Melanie Marsden, Colorado Springs, and Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, LaPorte