Published on October 15, 2010
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Dr. Joseph H. Carter Jr.

Dr. Michael R. Lappin

Dr. Eva M. Sartin

Dr. Fred L. Sick

Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently awarded three veterinarians the 2010 OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Joseph H. Carter Jr. (OKL '84) of Norman, Okla., owns and operates the Oklahoma Equine Hospital in Washington, Okla., and is co-owner in the McGee Street Animal Hospital in Norman, Okla. Dr. Carter was the 1995 Oklahoma Equine Practitioner of the Year and a past president of the Oklahoma VMA and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Dr. Michael R. Lappin (OKL '81) of Fort Collins, Colo., is professor of small animal internal medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Lappin is known for feline-related research. He received the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award in 2008 for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine and the 2009 Winn Feline Research Award.

Dr. Eva M. Sartin (OKL '79) of Auburn, Ala., is professor of pathobiology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Sartin directs the histopathology laboratory and participates in the diagnostic pathology service. She was editor-in-chief for Veterinary Pathology from 2004-2007.

The honorees received the awards Oct. 1 during the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences fall conference on the Stillwater campus.

Dr. Fred L. Sick (ISU '74) was recognized with the William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 13. The award, given annually, honors individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to society through their achievements or major contributions to the enhancement of the veterinary college.

After graduating from veterinary college, Dr. Sick was a private practitioner in Sioux Center, Iowa. In 1997, he joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., as the site veterinarian at the company's Sioux Center facility.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Sick is a past president of both the Iowa and the Northwest Iowa VMAs. He currently serves as the adviser to preveterinary clubs at Dordt College in Sioux Center and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He has also been a mentor to many veterinary students he recruited into the profession.