March 15, 2017


 Missouri VMA

Posted March 1, 2017

Dr. Gregory A. Popp Dr. Clifford J. Miller

125th annual convention, Jan. 19-22, Columbia
Program: The convention offered 60 continuing education lectures and drew more than 500 attendees.
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Gregory A. Popp, Jefferson City. A 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Popp owns Weathered Rock Veterinary Clinic in Jefferson City. He is chair of the MVMA LLC, the for-profit partnership entity between the association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation, and is a member of the MVMF. President’s Award: Jed Hayes, Kansas City. Hayes is territory manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. He previously worked for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical. William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award: Dr. Catherine Vogelweid, Columbia, was honored for her service to veterinary medicine in Missouri and her work with the association’s Volunteer Veterinary Corps. A 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Vogelweid serves as a clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the veterinary college. She is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Legislative Award: Dr. Mel Falk, Independence, won this award for moving the association’s legislative agenda forward. Immediate past president of the association, Dr. Falk owns Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in Independence. Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Distinguished Service Award: Bruce Addison, St. Joseph. Addison is the founder and president of Addison Biological Laboratories. He serves on the foundation’s board of directors. Honorary Membership Award of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice: Dr. Craig Payne, Clark, won this award, given for distinguished or meritorious service to the veterinary profession. A 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Payne is associate extension professor with the veterinary college’s Veterinary Medical Extension and Continuing Education Department. He is a past president of the MVMA.
Business: The association announced the creation of a practice membership task force to look into the feasibility of offering a practice membership package in lieu of individual memberships within a practice, and a well-being task force to investigate resources that can be offered to MVMA members dealing with well-being issues. Also announced was the release of a mobile app related to the federal veterinary feed directive.
Officials: MVMA—Dr. Clifford J. Miller, Moberly, president; Dr. Cynthia Vedder-Penrod, Fulton, president-elect; Dr. Carol Ryan, Troy, vice president; Dr. Shelia L. Taylor, Springfield, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Mel H. Falk, Independence, executive board chair and immediate past president; and Richard D. Antweiler, Jefferson City, executive director. Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice—Dr. Lauren Smith, Kansas City, president; Dr. Jessica Stroupe, Armstrong, president-elect; Bruce Whittle, Trenton, vice president; and Richard Antweiler, Jefferson City, executive secretary-treasurer. Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation—Dr. William J. Shore, St. Louis, board chair; Philip R. Brown, Chillicothe, board vice chair; George Buckloo, Lake Tapawingo, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Roger Dozier, Jefferson City, museum director