Dr. Gary Block, co-owner of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in East Greenwich, R.I., was selected as the Rhode Island VMA's 2011 Veterinarian of the Year at the association's annual meeting, Dec. 7 in Newport.
The RIVMA recognized Dr. Block for his numerous achievements in advancing companion animal medicine, promoting veterinary ethics, and contributing as a volunteer to many nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Block received his DVM degree in 1991 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal internal medicine and has a master's in animals and public policy, focusing on the teaching of veterinary ethics.
Dr. Block has served on the board of directors of the Companion Animal Parasite Council since 2009. He is a past president of the RIVMA and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics.