Washington State VMA
Event: Annual conference, Sept. 25-27, 2015, Tacoma
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Saundra E. Willis, Tacoma. A 1984 graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Willis is a small animal internist at Phoenix Central Laboratory in Mukilteo. She has twice served as president of the WSVMA and is a member of the association’s House Advisory Committee, also serving as its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Dale Moore, Pullman. Dr. Moore earned her DVM degree and a master’s of preventive veterinary medicine in epidemiology from the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and her doctorate in biobehavioral health from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. She is a clinical professor and director of veterinary medical extension at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award: Rachel Jensen, Pullman. A licensed veterinary technician, Jensen works as a large animal instructional and ICU technician at the WSU CVM. She also serves as program coordinator for the college’s Clinical Communication Program. Jensen was recognized for her dedication to education and communication. Humane Animal Welfare Award: Linda Spurlin, Chewelah, for advancing animal welfare through extraordinary service. Spurlin is the founder and director of Stevens County Cat Care, an organization dedicated to reducing feline overpopulation in the northeastern corner of the state. She helps rescue cats from hoarding situations, trap and neuter feral cats, and hold spay-neuter clinics in collaboration with the veterinary community.
Business: On Sept. 26, the board of directors completed the three-year transition from a 19-member executive board to a six-member board of directors. The new strategic management system that was implemented a year ago has five goals dealing with advocacy, communication, education, membership, and technology, and more than 30 objectives. The technology goal and a dozen objectives have been completed.
Officials: Drs. Lisa Parshley, Olympia, president; Katherine Hickey, Poulsbo, vice president; Diane Pinkers, Montesano, secretary; Jerold Gemar, Edmonds,treasurer; Candace Joy, Snowqualmie, executive vice president; directors—Drs. Michael Anderson, Lynden; Paul DeMaris, Snohomish; and Diana Thome, Richland; and AVMA delegate and alternate delegate—Drs. Kim Nicholas, Renton, and Saundra Willis, Mukilteo