Published on December 01, 2007
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The Maryland VMA honored Drs. Melvin Howard (TUS '69), John Moffa (COR '75), and Ed Jendrek (UP '71) with awards in 2007.

Dr. Howard received the Maryland Distinguished Veterinarian Award for his contributions to the Maryland VMA and Anne Arundel County VMA, as a past president of the state board of medical examiners, and in organizing rabies vaccine clinics.

Dr. Moffa received the Maryland Good Doctor Award in recognition of service to the Maryland VMA and his work with the Americans for Native Americans program, which seeks to improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Dr. Jendrek received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to the Maryland VMA. As chairperson of the membership task force, he has guided and expedited membership projects for the association. He is a former member of the AVMA Executive Board and House of Delegates.


Dr. Thomas J. Rosol (IL '81) will represent veterinary colleges for three years as a member of the U.S. agriculture secretary's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board. Dr. Rosol became dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He also serves as a professor of veterinary pathobiology.

Veterinarians were among the recipients of group and individual awards from the Department of Agriculture during an Oct. 11 ceremony.

The Avian Influenza Working Group under the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service received a USDA Honor Award for contributions to the FSIS preparedness and response plan for highly pathogenic avian influenza in the United States. The group leader was Dr. Perfecto R. Santiago (PHI '64), FSIS deputy assistant administrator for food defense and emergency response. Veterinary group members were Dr. Bonnie Buntain (COL '77), Bhabani Dey (BIH '59), Michael Gabriel (CAI '67), Rasika Tripathy (ORI '75), and Geraldine Woods (LSU '89).

Dr. Jennifer Gordon Wright (AUB '98) received the 2007 Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Award for her contributions in the fields of vaccine-preventable disease and veterinary infection control and her enthusiasm in educating the next generation of veterinary professionals. Dr. Wright is a veterinary epidemiologist with the U.S. Public Health Service who works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine has named three alumni as the recipients of the Stange Award for Meritorious Service.

Dr. George Beran (ISU '54) retired as distinguished professor after serving on the faculty at Iowa State from 1973-1998 in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine. He was a professor and researcher for 13 years at Silliman University in the Philippines, where he developed a rabies eradication program. He also had served as an epidemic intelligence officer with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Dr. Norman Hutton (ISU '66), Meridian, Idaho, was on the faculty at Oregon State University from 1977-1997, retiring as an associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He helped lead the college through the accreditation process and construction of facilities and helped develop a cooperative education program with Washington State University and the University of Idaho. He served as AVMA vice president from 1997-1999.

Dr. Eugene Ver Steeg (ISU '66) owns and manages Sunnycrest Inc., an Iowa wean-to-finish hog operation. He is the immediate past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. He serves on committees of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, National Pork Producers Council, and National Pork Board. Dr. Ver Steeg also was a leader in Iowa's pseudorabies eradication efforts.

The Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine has named two winners of its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Anton Kammerlocher (OSU '57) established Anton's Animal Hospital in Norman, Okla., where he practiced from 1965-2001. Previously, he had served as a first lieutenant with the Air Force Veterinary Corps. He taught and conducted research at the Imperial Ethiopian College of Agriculture and was attending veterinarian for Ethiopia's Friends of Lepers Facility.

Dr. Lee Simmons Jr. (OSU '63) has served as director of the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., since 1970. He and his staff work with many conservation organizations. The zoo's management and research team participates in teaching, technology transfer, consulting, and planning in more than 30 countries. Dr. Simmons is a past president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.