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Forty-four allied or other veterinary-related organizations and 27 alumni groups from universities and colleges convened this year at the 146th AVMA Annual Convention in Seattle.

Over a period of five days, the veterinary groups were involved in many activities, including lectures, certification examinations, business meetings, workshops, and social gatherings. Many of the organizations co-sponsored the AVMA's educational sessions.

The following highlights the activities and honors reported by some of the organizations.

Avian pathologists

AAAP Officials
AAAP: Front row—Drs. Mark C. Bland, Bruce Charlton (past director-at-large), Charles L. Hofacre, Jagdev M. Sharma, and Daniel A. Bautista. Back row—Drs. Hector Cervantes, Kate E. Barger, Bruce Stewart-Brown, Fred Hoerr (past president), and Kenton S. Kreager

Event: American Association of Avian Pathologists meeting, July 11-15, Seattle
Awards: Special Service Award: Andrew R. Rhorer, Conyers, Ga., was recognized for his contributions to the field of avian medicine. Rhorer has served as the national coordinator and executive secretary of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan since 1989. His work focuses on the regulation and standards of U.S. poultry and industry stakeholders. Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award: Dr. David E. Swayne, Athens, Ga., for sustained excellence in poultry disease and health for 20 years or more. A 1984 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Swayne is the director of the Agricultural Research Service's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, overseeing the Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Disease Research Unit and the Endemic Poultry Viral Diseases Research Unit. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award: Rami A. Dalloul, PhD, Blacksburg, Va., for research contributions to the field of avian medicine. Dr. Dalloul received his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 2002. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech. Lasher-Bottorff Award: Dr. Jerome D. Maiers, Asheville, N.C., won this award, given in recognition of an avian diagnostician/technical services veterinarian who has made important contributions to the poultry health program in North America over the past 10 years. A diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Dr. Maiers received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1967. Prior to retirement in February, he served as senior poultry technical services veterinarian at Fort Dodge Animal Health. Dr. Maiers has also directed the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory and worked as a technical services specialist for Hoechst Roussel Agri-Vet Company. Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award: Dr. Carol J. Cardona, Davis, Calif., for research contributions resulting directly or indirectly in a measurable, practical impact on the control of one or more major diseases of poultry. Dr. Cardona received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 1990 and her doctorate from Michigan State University in 1997. She is an associate professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction and in Veterinary Medicine Extension at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Cardona's work has generated information relative to the ecologic, biological, and molecular characteristics of avian influenza and Newcastle disease virus. Outstanding Field Case and/or Diagnostic Report Award: Dr. Suzanne D. Young, Huntsville, Ala. A 2003 graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Young is director of veterinary services at Keystone Foods in Huntsville. She is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. P.P. Levine Award, presented to the senior author of the best paper published in Avian Diseases: F.W. van Ginkel, PhD, Auburn, Ala., for "Infectious bronchitis virus in the chicken harderian gland and lachrymal fluid: Viral load, infectivity, immune cell responses, and effects of viral immunodeficiency." Dr. van Ginkel received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 1993. He is an associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University. Reed Rumsey Student Award: Drs. Taylor Barbosa and Deirdre Johnson, both of Athens, Ga. Dr. Barbosa is a 2003 graduate of the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil and a doctoral student at the University of Georgia. Dr. Johnson is a 2008 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and a graduate student at the University of Georgia. Richard B. Rimler Memorial Paper Scholarship: Enid McKinley, PhD, and Jennifer Pfeiffer, PhD, both of Athens, Ga. Drs. McKinley and Pfeiffer both received their doctorates from the University of Georgia in 2009. L. Dwight Schwartz Travel Scholarship: Annika Hoffman, Sherman Oaks, Calif. Hoffman is a fourth-year veterinary student at Western University of Health Sciences. Arnold S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award: Drs. Aline R. Reis, Athens, Ga., and Sachin Kumar, College Park, Md. A 2005 graduate of the University of Brasilia in Brazil, Dr. Reis is a graduate student at the University of Georgia. A 2004 graduate of the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in India, Dr. Kumar is a graduate student at the University of Maryland. Eskelund Preceptorship Awards: Andrew Crouch (GA '11), Ingrid C. Edwards (CAL '10), Erika R. Elmore (GA '12), Khalid Munir (PEI '10), and Emily Stuebing (COR '10). Lifetime membership was granted to Dr. Daniel J. King, Athens, Ga. A 1961 graduate of Iowa State University, Dr. King was a veterinary medical officer at the Agricultural Research Service's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory prior to retirement. Known for his expertise in Newcastle disease virus, he has served on the editorial board of Avian Diseases for almost 30 years. Dr. King is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
Officials: Drs. Jagdev M. Sharma, Scottsdale, Ariz., president; Stewart J. Ritchie, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, president-elect; Charles L. Hofacre, Athens, Ga., secretary-treasurer; Bruce Stewart-Brown, Salisbury, Md., immediate past president; Daniel A. Bautista, Georgetown, Del., Northeast director; Hector Cervantes, Watkinsville, Ga., Southern director; Kenton S. Kreager, Adel, Iowa, Central director; Mark C. Bland, Napa, Calif., Western director; and directors-at-large—Drs. Susan M. Williams, Athens, Ga., and Kate E. Barger, Colchester, United Kingdom
Contact: Janece Bevans-Kerr, Director of Member Services, American Association of Avian Pathologists, 12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 202, Jacksonville, FL 32223; phone, (904) 425-5735; fax, (281) 664-4744; aaapataaap [dot] info (aaap[at]aaap[dot]info); Web site,

Small ruminant practitioners

AASRP Officials
AASRP: Front row—Drs. Jim Fallen, Joan S. Bowen, Seyedmehdi Mobini, and Barbara L. Roberts. Back row—Drs. Joseph H. Snyder, Paul L. Jones, and Glen L. Zebarth
Dr. Neaton
Dr. Holly J. Neaton

Event: American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners meeting, July 13, Seattle
Awards: Dr. Don E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year: Dr. Holly J. Neaton, Watertown, Minn., won this award, given in recognition of an AASRP member who has set a high standard as a small ruminant practitioner and demonstrated exemplary service in organized veterinary medicine, particularly in small ruminant practice. A 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Neaton is the attending veterinarian for Beckman Coulter Immunodiagnostics in Maple Plain, Minn. She also co-chairs the Minnesota State Fair Miracle of Birth Center and raises sheep. From 1979-1997, Dr. Neaton was a partner at Watertown Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice.
Officials: Drs. Jim Fallen, Albuquerque, N.M., president; Joan S. Bowen, Wellington, Colo., president-elect/vice president; Glen L. Zebarth, Alexandria, Minn., secretary/director; Barbara L. Roberts, Loveland, Colo., treasurer/director; Joseph H. Snyder, Myrtle Point, Ore., immediate past president; Paul L. Jones, Woodburn, Ore., AVMA delegate; and directors—Drs. Seyedmehdi Mobini, Macon, Ga., and Joan D. Rowe, Davis, Calif.
Contact: Glenn N. Slack, Acting Executive Director, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, P.O. Box 611, Guthrie, KY 42234; phone, (270) 483-2090; fax, (270) 483-9833; glennatreburnjulia [dot] com (glenn[at]reburnjulia[dot]com); Web site,

Laboratory diagnosticians

Dr. Steffen
Dr. David J. Steffen
Dr. Anderson
Dr. Gary A. Anderson
Dr. Carter
Dr. Craig N. Carter

Event: American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians meeting, July 17, Seattle
Officials: Drs. David J. Steffen, Lincoln, Neb., president; Gary A. Anderson, Manhattan, Kan., president-elect; Craig N. Carter, Lexington, Ky., vice president; Sharon K. Hietala, Davis, Calif., secretary-treasurer; and M. Grant Maxie, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, immediate past president
Contact: Vanessa Garrison, Administrative Analyst, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, P.O. Box 1770, Davis, CA 95617; phone, (530) 754-9719; fax, (530) 752-5680; vgarrisonatcahfs [dot] ucdavis [dot] edu (vgarrison[at]cahfs[dot]ucdavis[dot]edu); Web site,

Veterinary toxicologists

Event: American Board of Veterinary Toxicology meeting, July 13, Seattle
Awards:Service Award: Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, Urbana, Ill., for her efforts to streamline and improve the quality and efficiency of the ABVT examination process and her longtime support of and commitment to the ABVT. A 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University, Dr. Gwaltney-Brant is the vice president and medical director of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary Toxicology Student Paper Competition, co-sponsored by Lloyd Inc. and ASPCA APCC: David W. Genovese (IL '10), first place; Allison G. Genovese (IL '10), second place; and Abby Kempf (PUR '11), third place
Business: ABVT president, Dr. J. Wayne Spoo, provided information on an upcoming televised documentary on the organization. The documentary will be part of the Profiles Series, hosted by Louis Gossett Jr., describing the value of the veterinary toxicologist in the 21st century. Dr. Stephen B. Hooser, ABVT vice president, reported on progress made with regard to the development of a strategic plan.
Officials: Drs. J. Wayne Spoo, Pfafftown, N.C., president; Stephen B. Hooser, West Lafayette, Ind., vice president; Birgit Puschner, Davis, Calif., secretary-treasurer; and Patricia A. Talcott, Pullman, Wash., immediate past president
Contact: Dr. Birgit Puschner, Secretary-Treasurer, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, P.O. Box 1770, Davis, CA 95617; phone, (530) 752-1154; fax, (530) 752-3361; bpuschneratucdavis [dot] edu (bpuschner[at]ucdavis[dot]edu); Web site,

Poultry veterinarians

New ACPV diplomates
New ACPV diplomates: Front row—Drs. Claudia Osorio and Simone Stoute. Back row—Drs. Blair Telg, Mark Burleson, Jenny Fricke, and Ziv Raviv (Not shown—Dr. Thomas Inglis)

Event: American College of Poultry Veterinarians meeting, July 11-15, Seattle
New diplomates: Seven new diplomates were welcomed into the ACPV. They are Drs. Mark Burleson, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Jenny Fricke, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Thomas Inglis, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Claudia Osorio, Salisbury, N.C.; Ziv Raviv, Columbus, Ohio; Simone Stoute, Turlock, Calif.; and Blair Telg, Watkinsville, Ga. Honorary diplomate status was granted to Drs. Calvin E. Anthony, Baldwin, Ga., and Max Brugh, Athens, Ga.
Officials: Drs. Charles T. Broussard, Athens, Ga., president; Karen B. Grogan, Dacula, Ga., secretary-treasurer; and Hector Cervantes, Watkinsville, Ga., immediate past president
Contact: Janece Bevans-Kerr, Director of Member Services, American College of Poultry Veterinarians, 12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 202, Jacksonville, FL 32223; phone, (904) 425-5735; fax, (281) 664-4744; supportatacpv [dot] org (support[at]acpv[dot]org); Web site,

Veterinary behaviorists

Dr. Anderson
Dr. R.K. Anderson

Event: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists meeting, July 12, Seattle
Awards: Honorary ACVB diplomate: Dr. R.K. Anderson, Falcon Heights, Minn., for lifetime dedication to the profession. A 1944 graduate of Colorado State University, Dr. Anderson is chairman of the board of the Animal Behavior Resources Institute Inc. and co-inventor of the Gentle Leader head collar and GL Easy Walk harness for dogs. He also serves as director of the University of Minnesota's Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments. Dr. Anderson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. New diplomates of the ACVB, Drs. Martin Godbout, Quebec City, and Mary Klinck, Medina, Pa., were also recognized at the meeting.
Officials: Drs. Barbara L. Sherman, Raleigh, N.C., president; Melissa J. Bain, Davis, Calif., president-elect; Lynne M. Seibert, Suwanee, Ga., secretary-treasurer; Debra F. Horwitz, St. Louis, immediate past president; Bonnie B. Beaver, College Station, Texas, executive director; and members-at-large—Drs. Margaret M. Duxbury, St. Paul, Minn., and Gerrard Flannigan, Greensboro, N.C.
Contact: Dr. Gary M. Landsberg, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, 99 Henderson Ave., Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 2K9; phone, (905) 881-2922; fax, (905) 881-6726; gmlandvmataol [dot] com (gmlandvm[at]aol[dot]com); Web site,

Veterinary preventive medicine

ACVPM Officials
ACVPM: Front row—Drs. Roger A. Krogwald, Marianne Ash, and Beth E. Karp. Back row—Drs. John R. Herbold, Margaret N. Carter, Kevin Grayson, Candace L. McCall, and Russell W. Currier (immediate past executive vice president)
Dr. Gibson
Dr. Roger L. Gibson
Dr. Garbe
Dr. Paul L. Garbe

Event: American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine meeting, July 12, Seattle
Awards: Distinguished Diplomate Award: Dr. Roger L. Gibson, Alexandria, Va., for contributions to organized veterinary medicine and public health. A 1977 graduate of Iowa State University, Dr. Gibson is a retired Air Force colonel and serves as an assistant professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he directs preventive medicine and biometrics doctoral programs. Dr. Gibson's career has exemplified the one-medicine/one-health concept and the totality of veterinary medicine, preventive medicine, and population health across multiple technical disciplines and health policy arenas. Helwig-Jennings Award: Dr. Paul L. Garbe, Atlanta, for contributions to organized veterinary medicine. A 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. Garbe is branch chief of air pollution and respiratory tract health in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health. From 1982-2007, he served as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Garbe chairs the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and has served on the ACVPM Continuing Education Committee.
Business: It was decided that the application dates for the certification and specialty examinations would be moved from Jan. 15, 2010, to Nov. 15, 2009, and that residents in good standing in an ACVPM-approved veterinary preventive medicine/public health program would now be allowed to take the certification examination on completion of their academic program. The Ohio State University requested ACVPM approval for its residency program in veterinary preventive medicine. The University of Minnesota has the only other approved program.
New diplomates: Twenty-nine new diplomates were welcomed into the college following successful completion of the certifying examination. The new diplomates are Drs. Hayley R. Adams, Pine Mountain, Ga.; Zandra H. André, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Carina G.M. Blackmore, Thomasville, Ga.; Heather Brake, Tucker, Ga.; Boris Brglez, San Antonio; Jennifer A. Brown, Denver; Thomas J. Doker, Maysville, Ga.; Bradley M. Fields, Montgomery, Ala.; Julie Gauthier, Wakeforest, N.C.; Linda C. Glaser, Cottage Grove, Minn.; Tamara B. Gull, Stillwater, Okla.; Christa R. Hale, Stillwater, Okla.; Jeffrey J. Hamer, Yardley, Pa.; April J. Johnson, Lafayette, Ind.; Barbara Knust, Naples, N.Y.; Kristina M. McElroy, Decatur, Ga.; David L. McRuer, Kents Store, Va.; LeMac Morris, Davis, Okla.; Angela Parham, North Pole, Alaska; Evan T. Shukan, Silver Spring, Md.; Marilyn M. Simunich, Boise, Idaho; Ronald M. Southerland, Akron, Ohio; Cynthia E. Stansberry, Goochland, Va.; Kendra E. Stauffer, Atlanta; Danielle Tack, Parkton, N.C.; Jared D. Taylor, Stillwater, Okla.; Tegwin K. Taylor, Atlanta; Ronald K. Tessman, Hallsville, Mo.; and Jamie K. Umber, St. Paul, Minn. Drs. Katherine A. Feldman, Ellicott City, Md., and Emi K. Saito, Fort Collins, Colo., were certified in the Specialty of Epidemiology.
Officials: Drs. Margaret N. Carter, San Antonio, president; Roger A. Krogwold, Dublin, Ohio, president-elect; Marianne Ash, Lafayette, Ind., secretary-treasurer; Candace L. McCall, San Antonio, executive vice president; John R. Herbold, San Antonio, immediate past president; Rosalie T. Trevejo, Beaverton, Ore., president of the Specialty of Epidemiology; and councilors—Drs. M.D. Salman, Fort Collins, Colo.; Kevin Grayson, Davis, Calif.; and Beth E. Karp, Rockville, Md.
Contact: Dr. Candace L. McCall, Executive Vice President, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 21510 Fairview Circle, Garden Ridge, TX 78266; phone, (210) 382-5400; fax, (210) 651-4234; evpatacvpm [dot] org (evp[at]acvpm[dot]org); Web site,

Veterinary medical association executives

ASVMAE Officials
ASVMAE: Front row—Karlene Belyea (director), Dr. Tom J. Johnson, Candace Joy, and Dr. Jan Trumpeter (director). Back row—Peter S. Weber (director), Dr. Charles Franz, Charlene Wandzilak, and Ralph Johnson
Peter S. Weber
Peter S. Weber

Event: American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives meeting, July 10, Seattle
Awards: Executive of the Year: Peter S. Weber, Springfield, Ill., for exemplifying the best in association management and continually bringing credit to the profession and the association community. Weber is the executive director of the Illinois State VMA. Under his directorship, the ISVMA has seen a 110 percent increase in membership and a meaningful improvement in finances. Weber has developed the Illinois Veterinary Medical Foundation and sponsor benefits, improved continuing education programs, created an e-newsletter, and enhanced the ISVMA printed newsletter. Best in the Business Innovation Award: Rhode Island VMA, in recognition of a unique, innovative, or creative activity (in public outreach, community education, public relations, member services, or administration) that had a successful outcome. The RIVMA, in collaboration with the Providence After School Alliance, created Pets & Vets, an educational program about companion animals, animal welfare, and veterinary medicine. The program provides an engaging after-school activity, teaches young people about the proper care and treatment of animals, strengthens the human-animal bond, and introduces urban youth to careers in animal care and animal welfare. Distinguished Volunteer Service Award: Lisa Perius, Indianapolis, for exceptional service to the ASVMAE, demonstrating initiative, integrity, and commitment in serving the veterinary profession and association colleagues. Perius has served as executive director of the Indiana VMA for 13 years.
Officials: Charlene Wandzilak, Hershey, Pa., president; Ralph Johnson, Denver, president-elect; Dr. Tom J. Johnson, Ankeny, Iowa, secretary; Candace Joy, Snoqualmie, Wash., treasurer; and Dr. Charles Franz, Montgomery, Ala, immediate past president
Contact: Charlene Wandzilak, President, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, 12 Briarcrest Square, Hershey, PA 17033; phone, (888) 550-7862; fax, (717) 533-4761; cwandzilakatpavma [dot] org (cwandzilak[at]pavma[dot]org); Web site,

Veterinary history society

AVMHS Officials
Dr. J. Alford Moore, Charlie Powell, Dr. Howard H. Erickson, Susanne K. Whitaker, and Dr. Russell W. Currier

Event: American Veterinary Medical History Society meeting, July 13, Seattle
Program: Immediate past president of the AVMHS, Dr. J. Alfred Moore, presided over the meeting. Charlie Powell, public information officer at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, presented the keynote address on "A History of Organized Veterinary Medicine in Washington." The theme for the AVMHS booth was the Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices, established to honor achievements, recognize longevity, and share information about veterinary practices in continuous operation in the United States for 50 years or more.
Awards: J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest, sponsored by Merck & Company: First place ($750)—Ashley Mitek, University of Illinois, for "From Early Man to Man O'War: A History of the Cribbing Horse"; second place ($500)—Valerie Livingston, Kansas State University, for "Foot and Mouth Disease: A Story of Resilience"; and third place ($250)—Tiffany Lee, Kansas State University, for "Brisket Disease in Cattle: A Brief Overview and History."
Business: Lesley Gentry was named as AVMHS liaison to the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine and the WAHVM Congress in Turkey in 2010. AVMHS president, Dr. Howard H. Erickson, will represent the society on the Vet 2011 U.S. national committee to plan a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the world's first veterinary school, in Lyon, France, by Dr. Claude Bourgelat. The AVMHS approved a proposal to host a joint meeting with the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012 for the college's sesquicentennial celebration.
Officials: Dr. Howard H. Erickson, Manhattan, Kan., president; Dr. Russell W. Currier, Des Moines, Iowa, president-elect; Susanne K. Whitaker, Ithaca, N.Y., secretary-treasurer; and Dr. J. Alford Moore, Humble, Texas, immediate past president
Contact: Susanne K. Whitaker, Secretary-Treasurer, American Veterinary Medical History Society, 23 Wedgewood Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850; phone, (607) 253-3499; fax, (607) 253-3080; skw2atcornell [dot] edu (skw2[at]cornell[dot]edu); Web site,

Veterinary medical colleges

Dr. Arden
Dr. Warwick A. Arden

Event: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, July 13, Seattle
Business: The AAVMC reported on the 2010 budget, discussed the launch of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium, and amended its bylaws to extend the term served by the association's treasurer and secretary to two years. The association also discussed the financial status of colleges, federal legislative efforts, the AVMA-AAVMC Joint International Animal Welfare Symposium in November (, and changes to the 2010 AAVMC annual meeting.
Officials: Drs. Warwick A. Arden, Raleigh, N.C., president; Willie M. Reed, West Lafayette, Ind., president-elect; Deborah T. Kochevar, North Grafton, Mass., secretary; Gerhardt G. Schurig, Blacksburg, Va., treasurer; and James G. Fox, Cambridge, Mass., immediate past president
Contact: Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, Executive Director, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, 1101 Vermont Ave. N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20005; phone, (202) 371-9195, Ext. 15; fax, (202) 842-0773; mpappaataavmc [dot] org (mpappa[at]aavmc[dot]org); Web site,

Women veterinarians

AWVF Officials
AWVF: Front row—Drs. Michelle A. Kutzler, Chris Stone Payne (AWVF advisory board member), Debra Nickelson (AWVF advisory board member), and Phyllis Larsen (AWVF advisory board member). Back row—Drs. Patty Scharko (AWVF advisory board member), Lisa Freeman (AWVF advisory board member), Stacy L. Pritt, and Judith Spurling (AWVF advisory board member)
Dr. Zink
Dr. M. Christine Zink

Event: Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation meeting, July 11, Seattle
Awards: Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. M. Christine Zink, Baltimore. A 1978 graduate of Ontario Veterinary College and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Zink is a professor and director of the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research interests center on infectious diseases, particularly the pathogenesis of HIV infection. Dr. Zink is also active in the field of canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Tracey S. McNamara, Pomona, Calif., for her efforts and contributions to advance and improve the status of women in veterinary medicine. A 1982 graduate of Cornell University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. McNamara is a professor of veterinary pathology at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. She focuses on the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and was instrumental in diagnosing the West Nile virus outbreak in the New York area in 1999. Student scholarships: Jennell Bigrigg, The Ohio State University; Ami Krasner, North Carolina State University; Michelle Creamer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University of Maryland; Rachel Cumberbatch, Purdue University; Angela Chang, Texas A&M University; Cara Clouse, University of Tennessee; and Mia Lieberman, University of California-Davis.
Business: Gender/generational issues programming during the AVMA Annual Convention in 2010 was discussed.
Officials: Drs. Michelle A. Kutzler, Corvallis, Ore., secretary; Elizabeth P. Boynton, Pomona, Calif., treasurer; and Stacy L. Pritt, Irvine, Calif., immediate past president
Contact: Dr. Michelle A. Kutzler, Secretary, Association of Women Veterinarians Foundation, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, 105 Magruder Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331; phone, (541) 737-6952; fax, (541) 737-8651; michelle [dot] kutzleratoregonstate [dot] edu (michelle[dot]kutzler[at]oregonstate[dot]edu); Web site,

Veterinary editors

Event: International Association of Veterinary Editors meeting, July 14, Seattle
Program: The meeting, sponsored by publishing company Wiley-Blackwell, drew 14 editors from Canada, Israel, Nigeria, and the United States, representing the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Nigerian Veterinary Journal, Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, Veterinary Research, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Craig A. Smith, AVMA associate editor, delivered presentations on digital image manipulation and conflicts of interest. Dr. Bolanie Adewunmi, editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Veterinary Journal, talked about the opportunities and challenges for veterinary journal publication in Nigeria. Other topics included single versus double-blind peer review, guidelines for reporting studies of diagnostic accuracy, and new developments in the publishing arena.
Officials (Steering Committee): Dr. Mary Christopher, co-editor-in-chief, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, U.S.; Martin Alder, editor-in-chief, The Veterinary Record, United Kingdom; Dr. Eva Baranyiova, editor-in-chief, Acta Veterinaria Brno, Czech Republic; Dr. Anne Jackson, editor-in-chief, The Australian Veterinary Journal, Australia; Dr. John Kastelic, co-editor-in-chief, Theriogenology, Canada; and Dr. John Pascoe, editor-in-chief, Veterinary Surgery, U.S.
Contact: Dr. Mary Christopher, International Association of Veterinary Editors, University of California-Davis, PMI 4206 Vet Med 3A, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616; phone, (530) 752-7970; fax, (530) 752-3349; mmchristopheratucdavis [dot] edu (mmchristopher[at]ucdavis[dot]edu); Web site,

Lesbian and gay association

LGVMA meeting attendees
Some LGVMA meeting attendees: Front row—Nick DePompa, Dr. Wayne Hollingshead, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, and Liz Urley. Back row—Drs. Todd Smith, Michael Miller, and John Smith

Event: Lesbian and Gay VMA meeting, July 12, Seattle
Awards: Student Scholarship Award: Nick DePompa (AUB '11) and Mathieu Chéhadé (MON '10). DePompa helped organize World AIDS Day activities at Auburn University. Chéhadé helped the association translate the LGVMA brochure into French and is assisting in the organization of a student LGVMA chapter at the University of Montreal School of Veterinary Medicine.
Business: The LGVMA will serve as a financial co-sponsor for the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium. The association hosted its first information booth at the AVMA Annual Convention. The LGVMA logo was updated. The association presented two veterinary student scholarships and scheduled a pilot veterinary technician student scholarship to be awarded in October.
Officials: Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Ferndale, Mich., president; Dr. Chip Wells, Washington, D.C., vice president; Dr. Karen Hull, Gosport, Ind., secretary; Dr. Michael Miller, Alameda, Calif., treasurer; Dr. Michael D. McElvaine, Washington, D.C., immediate past president; Dr. Ken C. Gorczyca, San Francisco, executive secretary; Nick DePompa, Auburn, Ala., student board member; and members-at-large—Lyn Garson, Enfield, Conn.; Dr. Ted Eudy, Santa Fe, N.M.; and Dr. Scott Weber, West Sacramento, Calif.
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Thomas, President, Lesbian and Gay VMA, 584 Castro St. #492, San Francisco, CA 94114; phone, (248) 398-1270; presidentatlgvma [dot] org (president[at]lgvma[dot]org); Web site,