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Peter Moore, PhD
Peter Moore, PhD
Dr. McClellan
Dr. Roger McClellan
Dr. McCurnin
Dr. Dennis McCurnin
Dr. Connor
Dr. Joseph Connor


Dr. Sundlof
Dr. Stephen Sundlof
Dr. Van Vleet
Dr. John Van Vleet

Dr. Dennis McCurnin (ISU '66), Baton Rouge, La., received the 2008 SWVS Visionary Award at the annual Southwest Veterinary Symposium, held Oct. 2-5 in Baton Rouge, La. Dr. McCurnin is professor of veterinary surgery at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He served as the symposium's president in 2006. Dr. McCurnin also chaired the AVMA Convention Management and Program Committee from 2000-2007 and has served on other AVMA committees.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association honored five individuals and elected officials at its annual international conference held Aug. 20-24 in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Hans Klaus Dreier (VI '70), Baden, Austria, received the President's Award for outstanding contributions to the association. This is the association's inaugural presentation of the President's Award, which will be presented time to time by the WSAVA president to a member of the association. Dr. Dreier owns a specialty small animal veterinary clinic and has published extensively in the field of small animal reproduction. Dr. Dreier has served with WSAVA as chair of the Continuing Education Committee, member of the Finance Advisory Committee member, and president from 1998-2000.

Peter Moore, PhD, received the 2008 International Award for Scientific Achievement for his impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure, and/or control of companion animal disorders. Dr. Moore is a professor with the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Marion Horzinek (HAN '62) received the International Award for Service to the Profession for fostering and enhancing the exchange of scientific and cultural ideas throughout the veterinary small animal world. Dr. Horzinek is a professor with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

David Bennett, PhD, received the Mobility Award for outstanding work as a clinical researcher in canine and feline orthopedic medicine and surgery. Dr. Bennett is a professor at the Institute of Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary Faculty, Bearsden, Scotland.

Dr. Carl Osborne (PUR '64), Saint Paul, Minn., received the Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award for outstanding work as a veterinarian in promoting companion animal health care and the family pet/veterinary bond. Dr. Osborne is a professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

The association installed a new executive board at the conference. The new WSAVA officials are Drs. Luis Tello, Chile, vice president; David Wadsworth, United Kingdom, president; Jolle Kirpensteijn, the Netherlands, president-elect; Di Sheehan, Australia, honorary treasurer; and Walt Ingwersen, Canada, honorary secretary. Dr. Brian Romberg, South Africa, is immediate past president.


The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine awarded its highest honor, The Stange Award for Meritorious Service in Veterinary Medicine, to three outstanding alumni on Oct. 24.

Dr. Scott Armbrust (ISU '75), Green Bay, Wis., is president and owner of Paradocs Embryo Transfer, which provides bovine embryo transfer, marketing, and exporting. Dr. Armbrust has been instrumental in opening new foreign markets for frozen embryos. He is a past president of the American Embryo Transfer Association and a board director from 1995-1999.

Dr. Maarten Drost (ISU '62), Gainesville, Fla., is a professor emeritus at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Drost was recognized for being a pioneer in the area of fetal surgery. He produced a water buffalo calf by embryo transfer in 1983 in the U.S. and created a Web atlas, the Drost Project, which is a comprehensive visual guide to animal reproduction.

Dr. Gary Knutsen (ISU '75), Naples, Fla., is president of Systems Pathology Company, a computerized imaging company. Dr. Knutsen also is chair and CEO of Toxicology Pathology Associates, a company that serves the research pathology needs of the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research. Dr. Knutsen founded Pathology Associates International, which became one of the world's largest independent toxicologic pathology providers. It is now a division of Charles River Laboratories.

Washington State University awarded Dr. Roger O. McClellan (WSU '60) the Regent's Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the university grants to an alumnus.

Dr. McClellan spoke on "Science and Public Policy: An Uneasy Relationship" following the award presentation Oct. 17 at the University of California-Davis. Dr. McClellan is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. He is regarded as a pioneering researcher in the fields of inhalations toxicology, comparative medicine, and human health risk analysis.

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association honored Drs. Joseph Connor, Stephen Sundlof, and John Van Vleet with the 2008 Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award Sept. 11 during the College of Veterinary Medicine's fall conference for veterinarians.

After completing his veterinary degree, Dr. Connor (IL '76) established the Carthage Veterinary Service in Carthage, Ill. Today, this internationally known practice employs nine veterinarians, and its subsidiary, Professional Swine Management, employs 360 and manages 60,000 sows throughout all stages of pork production. He is credited with helping to revive the Midwestern swine industry.

After teaching veterinary pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Florida, Dr. Sundlof (IL '80) became director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, a position he held from 1994-2008. He played a key part in introducing extensive programs to ensure that bovine spongiform encephalopathy would not endanger the U.S. animal feed system. Dr. Sundlof currently is director of the agency's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Dr. Van Vleet (IL '67) is professor of veterinary pathology and associate dean for academic affairs at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is internationally renowned for his research in toxicologic pathology and cardiovascular disease. His research also examines the effect of selenium and vitamin E deficiency in animals' diets.