The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges gave the 2012 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award to Dr. Mary Anna Thrall at the AAVMC’s 2013 Annual Conference on March 8 in Alexandria, Va. This prestigious teaching award is sponsored by Zoetis.
Dr. Thrall (PUR ’70) is a veterinary clinical pathologist who taught at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences before moving to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts, West Indies, where she now serves as a professor of clinical pathology and section head of pathobiology.
A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Thrall has participated in the training of more than 40 veterinary clinical pathologists and more than 20 graduate students. In addition, she co-authored the reference textbook “Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry.” Her research, supported by a long-term National Institutes of Health grant, has focused on bone marrow transplantation for management of lysosomal storage disorders.
New Mexico VMA
The New Mexico VMA honored three veterinarians in January.
Dr. Manuel Garcia was named Veterinarian of the Year. A partner at San Juan Veterinary Hospital in Farmington, he graduated from the veterinary cooperative program between Oregon State and Washington State universities in 2000. Dr. Garcia gives back to the veterinary community by serving the NMVMA and the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine. He assists his community through support of the local animal shelter and the veterinary technology program at San Juan College in Farmington.
The Distinguished Service Award went to Drs. Darryl Leslie and Kathleen Ramsay.
Dr. Leslie owns Leslie Animal Clinic in Alamagordo and received his DVM degree in 1991 from Colorado State University. He has consistently supported the veterinary profession through his work with the NMVMA, of which he is a former president, and as current treasurer of the Southwest Veterinary Symposium.
Dr. Ramsay owns Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Espanola and in 1987 founded the Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Espanola. She has served on the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years, including secretary of the board, and has worked hard to bring the regulations up to date. Dr. Ramsay received her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1981.