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American Association of Extension Veterinarians

Event: Annual meeting/Applied Animal and Public Health Research and Extension Symposium, Oct. 25, Greensboro, N.C.
Program: The meeting and symposium were held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and the United States Animal Health Association (see JAVMA, Jan 1, 2009). Educational topics included beef quality assurance, BVDV eradication, Johne's disease demonstration herds, neosporosis in beef herds, and columnaris disease in catfish.
Business: Discussions were held on the results of the association's recent strategic planning meeting and the roles of extension veterinarians in disseminating animal and public health information via the eXtension and EDEN networks. Bylaws and incorporation changes were also discussed. It was announced that a membership survey is in development and will be distributed in the near future.
Officials: Drs. Ernest Hovingh, University Park, Pa., president; Patty Scharko, Columbia, S.C., president-elect; Russ Daly, Brookings, S.D., secretary; and Bob Wills, Mississippi State, Miss., treasurer

Veterinary Dental Forum

Event: 22nd annual forum, Sept. 25-28, 2008, Jacksonville, Fla.
Program: The forum, co-sponsored by the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, the American Veterinary Dental College, and the American Veterinary Dental Society, attracted 715 participants and offered laboratories and lectures on basic, intermediate, and advanced dentistry. Sam Low, DDS, presented the keynote address on "Treating gum disease: Host versus bugs." The forum also served as the venue for the annual meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, who recognized newly certified technicians. The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation awarded its fourth annual grant during the forum. The recipient was Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In 1998, Dr. Steenkamp initiated dental field work involving maxillofacial work on cheetahs at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Center near Pretoria and Africat in Namibia.

American Veterinary Dental College

Awards: AVDC Peter Emily Service Award, sponsored by Virbac Animal Health: Dr. Michael Peak, Largo, Fla., for outstanding contributions made to further the field of veterinary dentistry. A 1994 graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Peak owns Tampa Bay Veterinary Dentistry in Largo. He is a diplomate and past president of the AVDC. AVDC Robert Wiggs Outstanding Candidate Award, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health: Dr. William Krug, Raleigh, N.C. A 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Krug is a member of the veterinary faculty at North Carolina State University. He is a diplomate of the AVDC, and his research interests include materials and methods for endodontic obturation.
New diplomates: Drs. Lee Blazejewski, Kennett Square, Pa.; Matt Lemmons, Carmel, Ind.; Bonnie Shope, Westboro, Mass.; Kevin Stepaniuk, Seabeck, Wash.; Kendall Taney, Gaithersburg, Md.; and Judith Yee, Palm Desert, Calif.

Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

Awards: AVD Fellow-of-the-Year Award, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health: Dr. Sandra Manfra-Marretta, Urbana, Ill., for contributions made to further the field of veterinary dentistry. A 1977 graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Manfra-Marretta is a professor of small animal surgery and dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. A charter fellow of the AVD and a diplomate of the ACVD and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, she has also taught at the Animal Medical Center in New York. AVD Research Grant Award: Drs. Sarah E. Bonner, John R. Lewis, and Alexander M. Reiter, all of the University of Pennsylvania, for "Evaluation of extraction sites treated with osteoconductive and osteoinductive materials compared to untreated sites in dogs." 2008 AVD Fellows of the Academy: Drs. John Huff, Taylorsville, Utah; Kris Bannon, Santa Fe, N.M.; and Edward T. Earley, Williamsport, Pa.

American Veterinary Dental Society

Awards: AVDS Education and Research Award, sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.: Dr. Gary Lantz, Lafayette, Ind., for outstanding contributions in the area of veterinary dentistry education and/or research. A 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Lantz is a professor of small animal surgery at Purdue University. He is a diplomate of the AVDC and ACVS.
Officials: American Veterinary Dental College—Dr. William Gengler, Madison, Wis., president; Academy of Veterinary Dentistry—Dr. Andrew Duke, Mobile, Ala., president; American Veterinary Dental Society—Dr. Brett Beckman, Punta Gorda, Fla., president; and Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians—Vickie Byard, Warminster, Pa., president

Kentucky VMA

Dr. Schmidt
Dr. Barbara A. Schmidt
Dr. Eastin
Dr. Charles E. Eastin
Dr. Willis
Dr. Steven J. Willis
Dr. Hulon
Dr. Heidi Hulon

Event: 97th annual meeting/35th Mid-America Veterinary Conference, Oct. 3-5, Louisville
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Barbara A. Schmidt, Union. A 1984 graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Schmidt owns Bridlewood Farms in Union, where she practices equine medicine and breeds Hanoverian horses. A past president of the KVMA, she serves as vice chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee and is Kentucky's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Charles E. Eastin, Lexington. Dr. Eastin received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1951. During his career, he served as the first director of laboratory animal care at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and was an assistant professor in the university's Department of Surgery.
Officials: Drs. Steven J. Wills, Owensboro, president; Heidi Hulon, Louisville, president-elect; Mike Crowley, Butler, vice president; John W. Poe, Midway, secretary- treasurer; and Stuart A. Brown, Versailles, immediate past president