Dr. Larry G. Dee
Dr. Larry G. Dee, Hollywood, Fla, received the AAHA's highest honor, the Practitioner-of-the-Year Award, March 12 at the association's 68th annual meeting, in San Antonio.
Dr. Dee has been part of the AAHA since he received his DVM degree at Auburn University in 1969. He became involved in association leadership in 1976, and in 1993 he was elected president.
Dr. Dee has also served as president of the Florida VMA and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. In addition, he represented Florida in the AVMA House of Delegates, and held a leadership position with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Along with working as practice director at his Hollywood Animal Hospital, Dr. Dee is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Alan H. Rebar
Other veterinarians were honored for their contributions to the profession at the San Antonio meeting.
Dr. Alan H. Rebar received the Waltham Award for his contributions that have led to improvements in the well-being of companion animals in the international veterinary community.
As dean of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is also professor of clinical pathology, Dr. Rebar has advanced veterinary pathology and environmental issues, as well as the careers and education of veterinarians throughout the world.
Dr. Rebar's career also includes working on the Environmental Protection Agency Panel on Pesticides Toxicity and serving as an adjunct scientist for the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute. He has been an expert witness for the Justice Department and was a scientific peer reviewer and adviser for the US Fish and Wildlife Service after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
Dr. Earl O. Strimple
The Hill's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award was given to Dr. Earl O. Strimple, co-founder and director of People-Animals-Love, a nonprofit that uses pet therapy and education in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and prisons.
PAL trains volunteers in the Washington, DC, area to take pets to nursing, psychiatric, and children's homes for therapy visits, and provides free routine veterinary care to hundreds of cats adopted by inmates at the correctional facility.
Dr. Strimple is a former president of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, the Delta Society, and the District of Columbia VMA.
Dr. Rebecca Kirby
Dr. Rebecca Kirby received the Innovative Veterinary Diets Award for her contributions to small animal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Kirby is an adjunct assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, and an emergency care veterinarian in Milwaukee, where she is also the director of eduction and chief of medical services and the ICU at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency, and Critical Care.
In 1985, while working as the director of emergency services at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kirby organized and initiated the first national residency program in small animal emergency and critical care.
The Friskies PetCare Award went to Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver for her contributions to canine and feline behavior medicine.
Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver
As an instructor, associate, and professor at the Texas A&M University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Beaver has dedicated more than 30 years to educating students in veterinary medicine and animal behavior. She became a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist in 1991 and was an organizer and charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and is its current executive director.
Dr. Beaver is a member of the AVMA Executive Board representing District VIII.
Also honored were animal hospitals that have met the AAHA's standards for veterinary care as hospital members for 50 and 25 years. The 50-Year Hospital Award recipients were Animal Aid Clinic South, Elkhart, Ind; Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital, Berkeley, Calif; Falmouth Veterinary Hospital LLC, Falmouth, Mass; Greensboro Veterinary Hospital, Greensboro, NC; Marina Pet Hospital, San Francisco; and VCA Foster Animal Hospital, Clifton, NJ.