Dr. James McKean
Pork Checkoff, a program of the National Pork Board, has honored Dr. James McKean (IL '70), JD, with a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. McKean is a professor at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, extension swine veterinarian, and associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. He has worked intensively in the areas of disease control and eradication, helping eradicate pseudorabies in Iowa.
Drs. G. Kent Carter (COL '79) and Jay Merriam (KSU '69) are the 2008 inductees into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, which the American Farriers Journal sponsors to honor veterinarians who contribute to proper hoof care.
Dr. Carter is chief of medicine at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He created the college's instructional rotation in equine lameness. Previously, he spent time in academia at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and practicing in Reno, Nev.
Dr. Merriam operates the Massachusetts Equine Clinic in Uxbridge. He was the first chairman of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' welfare committee. He also began a clinical internship program linking his practice with the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Sheldon B. Rubin (IL '68) has received a Chicago Illini of the Year award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club. Dr. Rubin practiced for 40 years at Blum Animal Hospital and has appeared on TV programs such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show." He is president of the American Heartworm Society, president-elect of the Illinois State VMA, and a past president of the University of Illinois Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.