Published on February 15, 2007
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Dr. Stephen J. WithrowDr. Stephen J. Withrow was presented the 2007 Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award by Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. The annual award is presented to a veterinarian who has made a lifetime commitment to improving the health and well-being of companion animals. Dr. Withrow received the award at the North American Veterinary Conference, Jan. 13.

Dr. Withrow joined the faculty of Colorado State University in 1978 and since 2001 has served as director of the CSU Animal Cancer Center, holding the Stuart Chair in Oncology. In 2004, he was named a university distinguished professor. Dr. Withrow graduated in 1972 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Among his many contributions to cancer research and treatment, Dr. Withrow developed a limb-sparing technique to treat canine osteosarcoma. This technique revolutionized treatment of this disease in dogs and has been widely adopted at human cancer centers, substantially increasing the likelihood that children with osteosarcoma will be cured.

In recognition of his lifetime of service, Hill's Pet Nutrition will donate $20,000 to the Morris Animal Foundation in Dr. Withrow's name. The foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about these studies.


Dr. Philip Bushby (IL '72) is the first Marcia Lane Endowed Professor in Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bushby also serves as service chief of primary care at the college's Animal Health Center and as president of the Columbus-Lowndes County Humane Society. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.



The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has chosen Dr. Elizabeth Parker (TEX '93) to be its chief veterinarian in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Parker will take on the duties of the previous NCBA executive director of regulatory affairs.

"Growing up on a family farm in Abilene, Texas, Elizabeth knows firsthand the challenges our members face every day on their operations," said Jay Truitt, the NCBA's vice president of government affairs. "I'm confident she will prove to be an excellent resource for our members on animal health-related issues and a strong advocate of their priorities in Washington, D.C."

Dr. Parker's focus will be on issues relating to animal health, animal welfare, and food safety and security—especially issues under debate within government agencies and in Congress. She will assist with the efforts of the U.S. beef industry toward normalizing trade in the foreign marketplace.

Previously, Dr. Parker has been an international consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and a professional staff member with the majority staff of the House Agriculture Committee. Dr. Parker worked with the minority staff of the House Agriculture Committee as the AVMA's 1999-2000 Congressional Science Fellow. She also has spent time in practice.



Eight veterinarians joined the interdisciplinary National Academies of Practice as active members in 2006.

Dr. Bonnie Buntain (COL '77) is assistant dean for government and international relations at the University of Calgary's new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, Dr. Buntain was chief public health veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Michael B. Cates (TEX '80) serves as chief of the Army Veterinary Corps. The brigadier general previously served as commander of the 100th Medical Detachment, 30th Medical Brigade, V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany. He also has held veterinary commands out of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Curry-Galvin (IL '88) serves as director of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division. She is staff consultant to both the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and to the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. Previously, Dr. Curry-Galvin has worked in industrial veterinary medicine and in small animal practice.

Dr. W. Ron DeHaven (PUR '75) is administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He also has served with APHIS as deputy administrator of Veterinary Services, acting associate administrator, and deputy administrator for the Animal Care unit. He spent four years in the Army Veterinary Corps before joining APHIS in 1979.

Dr. Joan C. Hendricks (UP '79) is dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hendricks has been a faculty member at the school for more than 20 years, serving as a professor of small animal medicine and as the section chief of critical care in the Department of Clinical Studies. She is the founding director of the Veterinary Clinical Research Center.

Dr. Jon Klingborg (CAL '92) is in private practice at Valley Animal Hospital in Merced, Calif. He worked previously at Atwater-Merced Veterinary Clinics Inc. and Ferndale Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Klingborg also is a guest faculty member at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a past president of the California VMA.

Dr. John D. Melcher (ISU '50) is an AVMA consultant in the nation's capital. The former congressman represented Montana in the Senate for two terms and in the House of Representatives for four terms. He held office in the Montana legislature and the city government of Forsyth, where he had established a veterinary clinic. Dr. Melcher also served in the Army during World War II.

Dr. Donald L. Noah (OSU '85) is liaison from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Air Force lieutenant colonel also has held positions with the Pentagon, Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

The new chair of the NAP Veterinary Medicine Academy is Dr. H. Michael Chaddock (MSU '73). Dr. Chaddock is associate executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He also has served as director of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division and Michigan's state veterinarian. Previously, he spent time in private practice.

Dr. David Goolsby (AUB '82) recently became co-chair of the NAP Veterinary Medicine Academy. He is region health director with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The NAP has addressed problems in health care since 1981. The group's goals include advising government and serving as a forum for discussions of public policy, education, research, and inquiry. The 2006 meeting focused on access to care.