Affiliated groups meet in Atlanta

Published on October 01, 2010
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Thirty-eight allied or other veterinary-related organizations and 29 alumni groups from universities and colleges convened this year at the 147th AVMA Annual Convention in Atlanta.

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 pages highlight the activities and honors reported by some of the organizations.

Avian pathologists

AAAP: Front row—Drs. Daniel A. Bautista, Charles L. Hofacre, Hector Cervantes (past Southern director), and Kenton S. Kreager; back row—Drs. Mark C. Bland, Bruce Stewart-Brown (past president), Susan M. Williams, Kate Barger (past director-at-large), Jagdev M. Sharma, and Stewart J. Ritchie

Dr. Frederic J. Hoerr

Dr. Hector Cervantes

Dr. Mary Pantin-Jackwood

Timothy Johnson, PhD

Dr. Pedro Villegas

Mark W. Jackwood, PhD

Dr. Joel L. Cline

Dr. Daniel I. Petkov

Event: American Association of Avian Pathologists meeting, Aug. 1-4, 2010
Awards:Special Service Award: Dr. Hector Cervantes, Watkinsville, Ga., was recognized for his contributions to the field of avian medicine. A 1978 graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Dr. Cervantes is the manager of poultry technical services at Phibro Animal Health and serves as adjunct associate research professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He chairs the AAAP Drugs and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Cervantes is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award: Dr. Frederic J. Hoerr, Auburn, Ala., for sustained excellence in poultry disease and health for 20 years or more. A 1976 graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Hoerr is a professor in the Department of Pathology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as laboratory director and veterinary diagnostician with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. He is a past president of the AAAP and a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Hoerr serves on the AAAP Foundation's board of directors and the Avian Diseases' editorial board. Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award: Dr. Mary J. Pantin-Jackwood, Athens, Ga., and Timothy Johnson, PhD, St. Paul, Minn., for research contributions to the field of avian medicine. A 1986 graduate of the Central University of Venezuela, Dr. Pantin-Jackwood has been a research scientist at the Department of Agriculture's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory since 2004. Dr. Johnson received his doctorate from North Dakota State University in 2004. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Lasher-Bottorff Award: Dr. Pedro Villegas, Athens, Ga., 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 1967 graduate of the University of Tolima in Colombia, Dr. Villegas is professor emeritus in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award: Mark W. Jackwood, PhD, Athens, Ga., for research contributions resulting directly or indirectly in a measurable, practical impact on the control of one or more major diseases of poultry. Dr. Jackwood received his doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1985. He is a professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Jackwood is a molecular virologist whose primary area of research is the study of avian coronaviruses, focusing on infectious bronchitis virus. Outstanding Field Case and/or Diagnostic Report Award: Dr. Joel L. Cline, Elba, Ala. A 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Cline works for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries as director of the J.B. Taylor Diagnostic Laboratory. He 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: Dr. Daniel I. Petkov, Palmerston North, New Zealand, for "Identification and characterization of two distinct bursal b-cell subpopulations following infectious bursal disease virus infection of white leghorn chicken." A 1996 graduate of Thracian University in Bulgaria, Dr. Petkov is a senior lecturer in infectious diseases at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University in New Zealand. Reed Rumsey Student Award: Drs. Natalie Armour, Athens, Ga., and Payvand Parvizi, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Armour is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pretoria in South Africa and a graduate student at the University of Georgia. Dr. Parvizi is a 1998 graduate of the Azad University of Urmia in Iran and a doctoral student at the University of Guelph. Richard B. Rimler Memorial Paper Scholarship: Chasity Cox, Blacksburg, Va., and Milos Markis, Newark, Del. Cox received her graduate degree from Virginia Tech University in 2009 and Markis earned his graduate degree from the University of Delaware in 2010. L. Dwight Schwartz Travel Scholarship: Travis Schaal, Corvallis, Ore. Schaal is a third-year veterinary student at Oregon State University. Arnold S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award: Ha-na Youn, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Rodrigo Gallardo, Auburn, Ala. Eskelund Preceptorship Awards: Isa Ehr, University of Wisconsin; Blayne Mozisek, Texas A&M University; Travis Schaal, Oregon State University; John G. Cummings, Cornell University; Gene Shepherd, Oklahoma State University; Julie Kelly, Oregon State University; and Dan Wilson, Purdue University. Lifetime membership was granted to Dr. Hans M. Opitz, Orono, Maine. A 1964 graduate of Free University in Germany, Dr. Opitz served as extension veterinarian in the Department of Animal, Veterinary, and Aquatic Sciences and the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine, prior to retirement. Known for his expertise in Salmonella, he has assisted the U.S. poultry industry.
Business: The AAAP Foundation has begun a capital campaign to raise $300,000 for student scholarships. The campaign raised $150,000 at the meeting.
Officials: Drs. Stewart J. Ritchie, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, president; Patricia Dunn, University Park, Pa., president-elect; Charles L. Hofacre, Athens, Ga., secretary-treasurer; Jagdev M. Sharma, Scottsdale, Ariz., immediate past president; Daniel A. Bautista, Georgetown, Del., Northeast director; Francene Van Sambeek, Cullman, Ala., 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 Robert Porter, St. Paul, Minn.
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; website,

Public health veterinarians

Drs. Millicent Eidson, Tracy DuVernoy, Katherine Feldman, Carina Blackmore, and Kristy Bradley


Event: American Association of Public Health Veterinarians and National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians joint meeting, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Business: The AAPHV voted to approve revised bylaws that were introduced at the 2009 annual meeting. Automatic AAPHV membership for diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine has been discontinued. The AAPHV board of directors will now include the immediate past president and two at-large members. The association will be improving member services through its communications work group, including a an electronic mailing list, newsletter, member list, and website updates. The association will also enhance interactions with other groups through its outreach work group, including interacting with student groups, providing information and training about veterinarians in public health, and developing policy positions. The NASPHV announced new officials and a plan for updating its national compendia guidance documents on rabies, psittacosis, and animal contact for 2011. The association will continue its work on public health issues, including one health, H1N1 virus, brucellosis testing, and antimicrobial use through its committees, position statements, as an adviser to the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Medicine, and representation on the Advisory Panel to the AVMA House of Delegates.
Officials: AAPHV—Drs. Tracy DuVernoy, Silver Spring, Md., president; Millicent Eidson, Albany, N.Y., president-elect; Kendra Stauffer, Gainesville, Fla., secretary; Louisa Castrodale, Anchorage, Alaska, treasurer; and Katherine Feldman, Baltimore, immediate past-president. NASPHV—Drs. Kristy Bradley, Oklahoma City, president; Carina Blackmore, Tallahassee, Fla., president-elect; Leslie Tengelsen, Boise, Idaho, secretary; Joni Scheftel, Minneapolis, treasurer; and Faye Sorhage, Trenton, N.J., immediate past president
Contact: AAHPV—Dr. Tracy DuVernoy, President, 9921 Woodburn Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901; phone, (301) 593-6350; fax, (301) 436-2633; aaphvetatgmail [dot] com; website,; NASPHV—Dr. Kristy Bradley, President, c/o Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. Tenth St., Room 606, Oklahoma City, OK 73117; phone, (405) 271-4060; fax, (405) 271-6680; kristybathealth [dot] ok [dot] gov; website,  

Small ruminant practitioners

Event: American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners meeting, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Awards:Dr. Donald E. Bailey Practitioner of the Year: Dr. Glen L. Zebarth, Alexandria, 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 medicine. A 1968 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Zebarth owns Douglas County Animal Hospital, focusing on elk medicine. A member of the United States Animal Health Association, he is a past president of the Elk Research Council and has served on the board of directors of the North American Elk Breeders Association and the Minnesota VMA.
Officials: Drs. Jim Fallen, Albuquerque, N.M., president; Joan S. Bowen, Wellington, Colo., president-elect/AVMA alternate delegate; Joan D. Rowe, Capy, Calif., secretary/director; Joe Snyder, Myrtle Point, Ore., immediate past president/treasurer; Paul L. Jones, Woodburn, Ore., AVMA delegate; and directors—Drs. Seyedmehdi Mobini, Macon, Ga., and Clifford Shipley, Urbana, Ill.
Contact: Roberta Norris, Director of Meetings/Membership, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, P.O. Box 3614, Montgomery, AL 36109; phone, (334) 517-1233; fax, (334) 270-3399; robertaatfranzmgt [dot] com; website, 

Veterinary toxicologists

Drs. J. Wayne Spoo, Stephen B. Hooser, Konnie Plumlee, Birgit Puschner (immediate past secretary-treasurer), and John Tegzes


Dr. J. Wayne Spoo
Event: American Board of Veterinary Toxicology meeting, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Awards:Service Award: Dr. J. Wayne Spoo, Pfafftown, N.C., for his leadership and contributions toward advancing the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology's mission of certification for veterinarians in the specialty of toxicology. A 1989 graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Spoo works as a veterinary toxicologist in Winston-Salem, N.C. He led the production of "The Profile Series Documentary," a nationally broadcast ABVT documentary to promote the organization and the field of veterinary toxicology. Dr. Spoo is immediate past president of the ABVT and serves as its webmaster. Veterinary Toxicology Student Paper Competition: First place, sponsored by ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: Dr. Brian P. Williams (WSU '10); second and third place, sponsored by Lloyd Inc.: Drs. Jamie L. Rosie (WSU '10); and Danielle L. Dawkins (WSU '10), respectively.
Business: Dr. Spoo reported that "The Profile Series Documentary," hosted by Louis Gossett Jr., was broadcast nationwide in more than 200 markets, including a national broadcast on the Discovery Channel just before Memorial Day. A one-minute commercial version of the documentary has also aired nationwide and can be found on The ABVT Employment Survey and Job Task Analysis were completed in 2010. These will prove useful when reviewing the certification examination and for new candidates. A financial audit covering the past four years was conducted in August. Audits will be conducted every two years, with the next audit planned in 2012.
Officials: Drs. Stephen B. Hooser, West Lafayette, Ind., president; Konnie Plumlee, Gainesville, Mo., vice president; John Tegzes, Pomono, Calif., secretary-treasurer; and J. Wayne Spoo, Pfafftown, N.C., immediate past president
Contact: Dr. John Tegzes, Secretary-Treasurer, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, 309 E. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766; phone, (909) 469-5652; fax, (909) 469-5635; jtegzesatwesternu [dot] edu; website,


Poultry veterinarians

New ACPV diplomates—Drs. Monique Silva de Franca, Mohamed El Gazzar,
Deirdre Johnson, and Rosemary Marusak (not shown—Drs. Subshanie Kariyawasam and Mojtaba Yegani)


Dr. Danny Magee
Event: American College of Poultry Veterinarians meeting, Aug. 1-4, Atlanta
New diplomates: Six new diplomates were welcomed into the ACPV. They are as follows:
Monique Silva de Franca, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Mohamed El Gazzar, Columbus, Ohio
Subshanie Kariyawasam, University Park, Pa.
Deirdre Johnson, St. Cloud, Minn.
Rosemary Marusak, Raleigh, N.C.
Mojtaba Yegani, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Officials: Drs. Danny Magee, Brandon, Miss., president; Karen B. Grogan, Dacula, Ga., secretary-treasurer; and Charles T. Broussard, Athens, 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; website,


Veterinary behaviorists

Drs. Bonnie V. Beaver, Melissa J, Bain, Ellen M. Lindell, Valarie V. Tynes,
Gerrard Flannigan, Barbara L. Sherman, and Jacqui C. Neilson


Event: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists meeting, Aug. 1, Atlanta
Business: New officials were elected and Drs. Julia Albright, Hamden, Conn., and Meghan Herron, Columbus, Ohio, were recognized as the two newest diplomates of the college (see JAVMA, Feb 1, 2010, pg 278).
Officials: Drs. Melissa J. Bain, Davis, Calif., president; Jacqui C. Neilson, Portland, Ore., president-elect; Valarie V. Tynes, Sweetwater, Texas, secretary-treasurer; Barbara L. Sherman, Raleigh, N.C., immediate past president; Bonnie V. Beaver, College Station, Texas, executive director; and members-at-large—Drs. Ellen M. Lindell, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Gerrard Flannigan, Greensboro, N.C.
Contact: Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, Executive Director, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, College of Veterinary Medicine, 4474 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; phone, (979) 845-2351; fax, (979) 845-6978; bbeaveratcvm [dot] tamu [dot] edu; website, 

Laboratory animal practitioners

Event: American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners meeting, July 31-Aug. 3, Atlanta
Awards:Excellence in Research Award: Dr. Dean H. Percy, Elora, Ontario, Canada, for significant and continued scientific contributions to the field of laboratory animal and/or comparative medicine. A 1957 graduate of Ontario Veterinary College and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Percy has been professor emeritus at the Ontario Veterinary College since 1997. During his tenure at the college, he served as professor and chaired the Department of Pathology. Earlier in his career, Dr. Percy served as an assistant professor in the Section of Laboratory Animal Science at Yale University. He later directed laboratory animal services and served as associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario.
Officials: Drs. Lesley Colby, Ann Arbor, Mich., president; Mark Suckow, Notre Dame, Ind., president-elect; Judith Daviau, Philadelphia, secretary-treasurer; Mark M. Klinger, New York, immediate past president; and AVMA delegate and alternate delegate—Drs. Lynn S. Keller, Wallingford, Conn., and Stacy Pritt, Irvine, Calif.
Contact: Dr. Mark M. Klinger, Immediate past president, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, New York University, OVR/Provost Office, 665 Broadway, Suite 804, New York, NY 10012; phone, (212) 998-2114; fax, (212) 995-4104; mmk9atnyu [dot] edu; website,

Veterinary medical association executives

ASVMAE: Front row—Dr. Janice Trumpeter, Ralph Johnson, Candace Joy, and Dina Michel (director); back row—Chris Copeland (director), Charlene Wandzilak, and David L. Foley (director)

David L. Foley

Glenn Kolb


Event: American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives meeting, July 30, Atlanta
Awards:Executive of the Year: David L. Foley, Lexington, Ky., for exemplifying the best in association management and continually bringing credit to the profession and the association community. Foley is the executive director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Under his directorship over the past ten years, AAEP membership has grown from 6,400 to more than 10,000, and staff numbers have risen, reflecting an increase in programs and services offered to members. Foley has helped the AAEP take a more active role in federal legislation, focusing on equine welfare issues. A series of white papers have been issued within the past few years on key welfare issues facing the association and horses. Distinguished Volunteer Service Award: Glenn Kolb, Salem, Ore., for exceptional service to the ASVMAE, demonstrating initiative, integrity, and commitment in serving the veterinary profession and association colleagues. Executive director of the Oregon VMA, Kolb represents the ASVMAE on the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. He is past president of the ASVMAE and has served as a representative on the AVMA/ASVMAE Joint Committee. Best in the Business Innovation Award: Texas 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. In 1996, the TVMA developed the Certified Veterinary Assistant program. Level 1 certification was granted by the association in 1998, followed by levels II and III in subsequent years. In 2003, with the assistance of Animal Care Training, CVA programs were launched online.
Officials: Ralph Johnson, Denver, president ; Candace Joy, Snoqualmie, Wash., president-elect; Karlene Belyea, Okemos, Mich., secretary; Dr. Janice Trumpeter, Lakewood, Colo., treasurer; and Charlene Wandzilak, Hershey, Pa., immediate past president
Contact: Ralph Johnson, President, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, 191 Yuma St., Denver, CO 80223; phone, (303) 318-0447; fax, (303) 318-0450; ralphjohnsonatcolovma [dot] org; website, 

Advancement professionals

AVAP: Back row-- Kevin Mahaney, Kevin Doerr, and Carlton Bain; center row--Lynne Haley, Melissa Weber, Susan Miller, and Andrea Farmer; seated-- Mary Berger


Event: Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Business: The Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals is filing for nonprofit 501(c)(3) status under the umbrella of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
Officials: Mary Berger, University of Pennsylvania, president; Andrea Farmer, Washington State University, vice president; Melissa Weber, The Ohio State University, secretary; Kevin Doerr, Purdue University, treasurer; Lynne Haley, Washington State University, assistant treasurer; Kevin Mahaney, Cornell University, immediate past president; and members-at-large—Susan Miller, University of Pennsylvania, and Carlton Bain, University of Georgia
Contact: Dr. Claire Eldridge, Immediate past secretary, Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 2407 River Drive, A301, Knoxville, TN 37996; phone, (865) 974-6477; fax, (865) 946-1826; celdridgeatutk [dot] edu; website,


Veterinary history society

Dr. Howard H. Erickson, Susanne K. Whitaker, and Dr. Russell W. Currier

Elizabeth Williams

Gail Goble

Jaime Stevenson


Event: American Veterinary Medical History Society meeting, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Program: The Immediate past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, Dr. Howard H. Erickson, presided over the meeting. The program, organized by the president and program chair, Dr. Russell W. Currier, featured several speakers, including Dr. J. Robert Duncan, Athens, Ga., on "The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine; its inception, establishment and evolution for the past sixty years"; Dr. Michael Smith, Lithonia, Ga., on "The history of veterinary patent medicine in America"; and Dr. Raffaele Roncalli, Milltown, N.J., on "The dog in Japanese art and history." The AVMHS booth featured antique veterinary patent medicine trading cards, animal health pamphlets, and memorabilia from the collection of Dr. Michael Smith, Lithonia, Ga., who produces the newsletter "Veterinary Collectibles Roundtable."
Awards:J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest, sponsored by Merck & Company: First place ($750)— Elizabeth Williams, Kansas State University, for "The forgotten giants behind Louis Pasteur: contributions by the veterinarians Toussaint and Galtier"; second place ($500)—Gail Goble, Kansas State University, for "Mad cows & vCJD: a tale of two epidemics"; and third place ($250)—Jaime Stevenson, Kansas State University, for "West Nile virus: a progression from unknown to endemic."
Business: Drs. Howard H. Erickson and Russell W. Currier continue to represent AVMHS on the Vet2011 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 Claude Bourgelat. Several members, including Lesley Gentry, the AVMHS liaison to the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, were to attend the WAHVM Congress in Anatolia, Turkey, in September 2010. The first in a series of short, historical "Time-Bites," coordinated by Dr. Phyllis Larsen, Dr. Debbie Tacium, and Susanne Whitaker, have begun appearing on the Veterinary Information Network. A regional history program, organized by Dr. J. Alford Moore, was held in association with the Texas VMA meeting in March 2010. Applications for the society's Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices continue to be received. The registry recognizes long-standing veterinary practices in continuous operation in America for 50 years or more. A proposal for an oral history program, initiated by Dr. Fred J. Born, has received preliminary support from the AVMA for its sesquicentennial celebration in 2013. It is anticipated that each of the state VMAs will participate. Dr. Erickson gave a presentation on "Historical Transitions for Women in Veterinary Medicine" as part of the 2010 AVMA Annual Convention program. A proposal by Dr. Currier to transcribe and reprint Burt W. Bierer's 1940 book on veterinary history was also discussed.
Officials: Dr. Russell W. Currier, Des Moines, Iowa, president and president-elect; Susanne K. Whitaker, Ithaca, N.Y., secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Howard H. Erickson, Manhattan, Kan., 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; website,


Women veterinarians

Drs. Stacy L. Pritt, Patty B. Scharko (AWVF advisory board member), Judith H. Spurling
(AWVF advisory board member), and Debra J. Nickelson

Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar

Dr. Carin A. Smith


Event: Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation meeting, Aug. 2, Atlanta
Awards:Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Deborah T. Kochevar, North Grafton, Mass. A 1981 graduate of Texas A&M University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Dr. Kochevar is dean and Henry and Lois Foster Professor at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests focus on pharmacology and cellular and molecular biology. Past chair of the AVMA Council on Education and Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, Dr. Kochevar has participated in educational outreach projects funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Carin A. Smith, Peshastin, Wash., for her efforts and contributions to advance and improve the status of women in veterinary medicine. A 1984 graduate of Oregon State University, Dr. Smith is president of Smith Veterinary Consulting. A past director of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, she has authored "The Relief Veterinarian's Manual (and Survival Guide)", now known as "FlexVet," and "The Employer's Guide to Hiring Relief and Part-Time DVMs." Dr. Smith works to bring employees with various needs together with employers, in patterns that work for all the people involved. Judith Spurling Blue Ribbon Award: Drs. Debra J. Nickelson, Phoenix, and Stacy L. Pritt, Irvine, Calif., for invaluable service to the AWVF. Drs. Nickelson and Pritt serve as finance chair and chair of the foundation, respectively. Veterinary Student Essay Award: Shira A. Rubin, Cornell University, for "Breaking down the barriers: The first 100 years of women in veterinary medicine." Student scholarships: Lauren Baker, Tufts University; Vanessa Hale, Purdue University; Molly Harrington, University of Pennsylvania; Jaimi Johnson, University of Minnesota; Krista Jones, University of California-Davis; Keiko Petrosky, Tufts University; and Erin Warren, North Carolina State University
Officials: Drs. Stacy L. Pritt, Irvine, Calif., chair; Michelle A. Kutzler, Corvallis, Ore., secretary; Elizabeth P. Boynton, Pomona, Calif., treasurer; and Debra J. Nickelson, Phoenix, finance chair
Contact: Dr. Debra J. Nickelson, Finance chair, Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation, 15653 N. 18th St., Phoenix, AZ 85022; phone, (602) 363-6382; fax, (800) 215-5875; DNickelsonatvpl [dot] com; website,


Christian Veterinary Mission

Event: Christian Veterinary Mission meeting, Aug. 1, Atlanta
Program: The meeting, hosted by Dr. Kit Flowers, began with a worship service, during which Dr. Tim Crowe spoke to attendees on the use of light in medical and veterinary therapy and the spiritual implications of light. This was followed by the presentation "Miracles in the midst of chaos" by Dr. Keith Flanagan, a long-term Christian Veterinary Mission worker in Haiti, on his reflections of the first six months of 2010 after the earthquake. Dr. Kim Carney later shared testimony about living one's faith through veterinary practice.
Contact: Dr. Kit Flowers, Executive Director, Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133; phone, (206) 546-7226; fax, (206) 546-7458; kflowersatcvmusa [dot] org; website,

Lesbian and gay association

Dr. Ronnie G. Elmore

Dr. Michael D. McElvaine

Dr. Chip Wells


Event: Lesbian and Gay VMA meeting, Aug. 1, Atlanta
Awards:Achievement Award: Dr. Ronnie G. Elmore, Manhattan, Kan. A 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois and a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Dr. Elmore is associate dean for academic programs, admissions, and diversity at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was honored for creating the class Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society and helping to improve the understanding of diversity issues within the veterinary profession. Leadership Award: Drs. Michael D. McElvaine, Washington, D.C., and Chip Wells, Washington, D.C., for their nearly two decades of service. A 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. McElvaine recently retired from the Department of Agriculture as deputy director in the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis. He is charter president of the LGVMA. A 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia and past vice president of the LGVMA, Dr. Wells is a risk analyst with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He is the founder of PETS--DC, a volunteer organization that assists individuals with AIDS/HIV and other low-income pet owners with disabilities. Veterinary Student Scholarship Award: Claire Rice, University of Georgia, and John Knouse, University of Missouri-Columbia. Veterinary Technician Student Award: Bethany Jarrett, Lincoln Memorial University
Officials: Dr. Wayne Hollingshead, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, president; Lyn Garson, Enfield, Conn., vice president; Dr. Karen Hull, Gosport, Ind., secretary; Dr. Michael Miller, Alameda, Calif., treasurer; Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Ferndale, Mich., immediate past president; Dr. Ken C. Gorczyca, San Francisco, executive secretary; Allison Gutwillig, Madison, Wis., student board member; and members-at-large—Dr. Ted Eudy, Santa Fe, N.M.; Dr. Scott Weber, West Sacramento, Calif.; Nick DePompa, Auburn, Ala.; Michelle Ardan, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; Dr. Michael Chaddock, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Daniel Edge, Lewisville, N.C.; Dr. Chana Eisenstein, Willits, Calif.; Dr. Malcolm Kram, Betterton, Md.; and Dr. Terill Udenburg, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Dr. Wayne Hollingshead, President, Lesbian and Gay VMA, 303-1705 Nelson St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6G 1M6; phone, (604) 689-3604; whollingsheadatme [dot] com; website,


Public Health Service Commissioned Corps veterinarians

Cmdr. Jennifer G. Wright

Cmdr. John Gibbins

Lt. Cmdr. Casey Behravesh


Event: Public Health Service Commissioned Corps veterinarians meeting, Aug. 1, Atlanta
Awards:Veterinarian of the Year: Cmdr. Jennifer G. Wright, Atlanta. A 1998 graduate of Auburn University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Wright serves as the OutbreakNet Team lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's proposed Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch. Earlier, she was the study director for the Anthrax Vaccine Research Program and served as CDC lead for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Anthrax Vaccine Work Group. Dr. Wright was honored for her contributions to the mission of the PHS and the CDC. Veterinary Responder of the Year: Cmdr. John Gibbins, Cincinnati. A 1992 graduate of The Ohio State University and a diplomate of the ACVPM, Dr. Gibbins is assigned to the CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2006-2008, he served as an epidemic intelligence service officer with NIOSH, supporting several investigations. Dr. Gibbins was recognized for his dedication to emergency preparedness and response. Junior Veterinarian Officer of the Year: Lt. Cmdr. Casey B. Behravesh, Atlanta. A 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University and a diplomate of the ACVPM, Dr. Behravesh serves as a veterinary epidemiologist with the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (proposed). A member of the PHS Veterinary Professional Advisory Committee, she focuses on enteric disease outbreaks, helping in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. Dr. Behravesh was honored for her contributions to the mission of the PHS and CDC.
Officials: Capt. Hugh Mainzer, Atlanta, veterinary chief professional officer; and Cmdr. Princess R. Campbell, Arlington, Va., chairperson of the PHS veterinary professional advisory committee
Contact: Lt. Cmdr. Casey B. Behravesh, Veterinary Epidemiologist, United States Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road N.E., MS A-38, Atlanta, GA 30333; phone, (404) 639-0367; fax, (404) 639-3535; dlx9atcdc [dot] gov