Veterinary groups meet in Denver

Published on September 12, 2018
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Forty-three AVMA-allied and other veterinary-related organizations and 30 alumni groups from colleges and schools of veterinary medicine convened this July at AVMA Convention 2018 in Denver. These groups engaged in a wide variety of activities during the convention, including lectures, certification examinations, business meetings, workshops, and social gatherings. Many of the organizations co-sponsored the AVMA's educational sessions.

The following highlights the activities and honors reported by some of these organizations.

American Association of Avian Pathologists

AAAP officials
AAAP officials: Front row—Drs. K.A. "Ton" Schat, John Smith, Nathaniel Tablante, Eric Jensen,and Samuel Christenberry. Back row—Drs. Suzanne Dougherty, Jarra Jagne, Rocio Crespo, Maritza Tamayo, and Bernard Beckman


Dr. Spackman
Erica Spackman, PhD
Dr. Rosales
Dr. Gregorio Rosales
Dr. Garcia
Maricarmen Garcia, PhD
Dr. Suarez
Dr. David Suarez


Dr. Fricke
Dr. Jenny Fricke
Dr. El-Gazzar
Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar
Dr. Armwood
Dr. Brandon Armwood
Dr. Babak
Dr. Michael Babak


Dr. Abdul-Cader
Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Cader
Ms. Egana
Sofia Egana
Mr. Derksen
Theodore Derksen

Event: American Association of Avian Pathologists Inc. meeting, July 13-17, Denver
Awards: Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award: Erica Spackman, PhD, Athens, Georgia, for research contributions resulting directly or indirectly in a measurable, practical impact on the control of one or more major diseases of poultry. Dr. Spackman earned her doctorate in animal science in 2001 from the University of Delaware. She is a research microbiologist with the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory. Dr. Spackman was honored for her accomplishments in the poultry industry, including the development of a real-time PCR test for the detection of avian influenza virus, the development and comparison of sample collection methods to improve overall detection of avian influenza virus, and controlled studies that document the inactivation of avian influenza virus by heat, providing an alternative method of disinfecting avian influenza virus–contaminated poultry houses. Lasher-Bottorff Award: Dr. Gregorio Rosales, Athens, Alabama, won this award, given in recognition of an avian diagnostician or technical services veterinarian who has made important contributions to the poultry health program in North America over the past 10 years. Dr. Rosales received his veterinary degree in 1979 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his doctorate in medical microbiology in 1988 from the University of Georgia. Self-employed, Dr. Rosales was honored for his more than 30-year career in avian medicine, and he was recognized especially for his work in broiler breeder health and management. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award: Maricarmen Garcia, PhD, Athens, Georgia, for sustained excellence in poultry disease and health for 20 years or more. Dr. Garcia earned her doctorate in microbiology in 1994 from the University of Georgia. She is a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Garcia was recognized for her work as a leading researcher on infectious laryngotracheitis virus. Hall of Honor Inductee: Dr. David Suarez, Athens, Georgia, for contributions to the advancement of poultry health and to the AAAP. Dr. Suarez received his veterinary degree in 1988 from Auburn University and his doctorate in veterinary microbiology in 1995 from Iowa State University. He is a research leader with the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory's Exotic and Emerging Avian Viral Diseases Research Unit. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Dr. Suarez is known for his expertise in avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Outstanding Field Case and/or Diagnostic Report Award: Dr. Jenny Fricke, Athens, Georgia, and Dr. Marissa Garry, Willmar, Minnesota. A 2007 graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Fricke serves as a clinical associate professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine's Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. She is a diplomate of the ACPV. A 2016 veterinary graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dr. Garry works for Select Genetics in Willmar. P.P. Levine Award, presented to the senior author of the best paper published in the journal Avian Diseases: Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar, Ames, Iowa. Dr. El-Gazzar received his veterinary degree in 2000 from the University of Cairo in Egypt and his doctorate in avian mycoplasmology in 2014 from The Ohio State University. He serves as an assistant professor of poultry medicine in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. El-Gazzar is a diplomate of the ACPV. Reed Rumsey Student Award: Dr. Brandon Armwood, Athens, Georgia, and Dr. Michael Babak, Newark, Delaware, for clinical and basic research in avian medicine. Dr. Armwood is a 2017 veterinary graduate of North Carolina State University. Dr. Babak received his veterinary degree in 2009 from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Richard B. Rimler Memorial Paper Scholarship: Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Cader, Calgary, Alberta, for excellence in poultry disease research. Dr. Abdul-Cader received his veterinary degree in 2006 from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. Arnold S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award: Sofia Egana, Davis, California, won in the category of basic research. Egana is an Animal Biology Graduate Group student at the University of California-Davis. Theodore Derksen, Chino Hills, California, won in the category of applied research. Derksen is a second-year veterinary student at the Western University of Health Sciences.
Officials: Drs. Nathaniel Tablante, College Park, Maryland, president; Eric Jensen, Huntsville, Alabama, president-elect; Suzanne Dougherty, Elkmont, Alabama, executive vice president; John Smith, Baldwin, Georgia, immediate past president; K.A. "Ton" Schat, Ithaca, New York, northeast director; Samuel Christenberry, Cullman, Alabama, southern director; Bernard Beckman, Earlham, Iowa, central director; Rocio Crespo, Puyallup, Washington, western director; and directors at large—Drs. Maritza Tamayo, Cuajimulpa, Mexico, and Jarra Jagne, Ithaca, New York
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; aaapataaap [dot] info (aaap[at]aaap[dot]info);

American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians

National Association of Federal Veterinarians

Dr. Pfannenstiel
Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel
Ms. Prince
Lauren Prince
Ms. Friedenson
Colette Friedenson


Some AAFSPHV leaders
Some AAFSPHV leaders: Drs. Van Brass (chair of outreach committee), Kristen Obbink, Katherine Waters, Kelly Vest, Thomas Doker, and Michele Pfannenstiel


Dr. Davis
Dr. Larry A. Davis
Dr. Brown
Dr. Deanna Brown

Event: American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, joint meeting, July 15, Denver
Awards: AAFSPHV Public Health Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Julia Murphy, Richmond, Virginia. A 1992 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Murphy is state public health veterinarian at the Virginia Department of Health. Earlier, she served as a veterinary epidemiologist with the VDH. Dr. Murphy is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. AAFSPHV Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel, Cumberland, Maine. A 2006 veterinary graduate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Pfannenstiel is president and chief executive officer of Dirigo Food Safety, a food safety consulting group in Yarmouth, Maine. Following graduation and prior to joining DFS, she served in the Army Veterinary Corps. AAFSPHV Student Scholarship: Lauren Prince (Wisconsin '20) and Colette Friedenson (Pennsylvania '19). NAFV Certificate of Appreciation: Drs. Larry A. Davis, Madison, Mississippi, and Deanna Brown, Batesville, Arkansas. A 1985 veterinary graduate of the University of Missouri, Dr. Davis works for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, serving as district manager for the Jackson district, encompassing Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He was recognized for his service as 2017-19 NAFV president. Dr. Brown earned her veterinary degree in 1990 from Mississippi State University and her master's of public health in 1999 from the University of Texas. She began her career in the Army Veterinary Corps and now works for the USDA FSIS as front-line supervisor for the Springdale district, encompassing Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Dr. Brown is a diplomate of the ACVPM. She was honored for her service as 2017-19 NAFV secretary-treasurer.
Business: The NAFV, celebrating its 100th year in 2018, provided its members an update on current legislation affecting veterinarians and federal employees.
Officials: AAFSPHV—Drs. Jennifer Koeman, San Luis Obispo, California, president; Donna DeBonis, Oak Harbor, Washington, president-elect; Michele Pfannenstiel, Cumberland, Maine, recording secretary; Kelly Vest, Blackwell, Oklahoma, immediate past president; Katherine Waters, Denver, executive vice president and AVMA alternate delegate; Kristen Obbink, Ames, Iowa, AVMA delegate; and directors—Drs. Roger Murphy, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nancy Frank, Haslett, Michigan; Thomas Doker, Aiken, South Carolina; Mike Gilsdorf, Sykesville, Maryland; Kristen Obbink, Ames, Iowa; and Candace Jacobs, Olympia, Washington. NAFV—Drs. Larry A. Davis, Madison, Mississippi, president and AVMA delegate; Barbara Porter Spalding, Raleigh, North Carolina, president-elect; Deanna Brown, Batesville, Arkansas, secretary-treasurer; Kenneth Angel, Jackson, Mississippi, immediate past president; and Marvin D. Meinders, Clifton, Virginia, executive vice president and AVMA alternate delegate
Contact: AAFSPHV—Dr. Katherine Waters, Executive Vice President, 1901 E. 13th. Ave. #8D, Denver, CO 80206; phone, 360-281-6088; water144atumn [dot] edu (water144[at]umn[dot]edu); NAFV—Mariana C. Barros, Associate Executive Vice President, National Association of Federal Veterinarians, 1910 Sunderland Place NW, Washington DC 20036; phone, 202-223-4878; mbarrosatnafv [dot] org (mbarros[at]nafv[dot]org);

American Association of Industry Veterinarians

AAIV officials and some board members
AAIV officials and some board members: Front row—Drs. Tony Rumschlag, Ellen Lowery, Michelle Larsen, Debra Nickelson, and Pamela Mitchell. Back row—Drs. Mia Cary, Bonnie Bragdon, Ralph Richardson, Dan Marsman, and Richard Hartigan

Event: American Association of Industry Veterinarians meeting, July 15, Denver
Program: The association participated in AVMA-sponsored career sessions, including a career transition workshop, the Meet the Experts roundtable, and a panel on careers. A networking reception was hosted.
Officials: Drs. Ellen Lowery, Wamego, Kansas, president; Debra Nickelson, Kansas City, Missouri, president-elect; Pamela Mitchell, Metaire, Louisiana, secretary; Richard Hartigan, Fredericksburg, Virginia, treasurer; and Mia Cary, Greensboro, North Carolina, immediate past president
Contact: Dr. Debra Nickelson, President-elect, American Association of Industry Veterinarians, 13800 NW 79th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64152; phone, 602-363-6382; djnickelsonatgmail [dot] com (djnickelson[at]gmail[dot]com),

American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

AAVP: Front row—Grace VanHoy (student representative), Dr. Ashley Steuer (student representative), Dr. John Gilleard, Mason Reichard, PhD, and Dr. Doug Carithers. Back row—Drs. Adriano Vatta and Dante S. Zarlenga


Dr. Kaplan
Dr. Ray M. Kaplan
Dr. Dubey
Dr. Jitender P. Dubey
Dr. Avramenko
Russell Avramenko, PhD
Dr. Chelladurai
Dr. Jeba R.J. Jesudoss Chelladurai

Event: American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists meeting, July 14-17, Denver
Awards: AAVP–Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award: Dr. Ray M. Kaplan, Athens, Georgia, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of veterinary parasitology. Dr. Kaplan received his veterinary degree in 1988 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and his doctorate in veterinary parasitology in 1995 from the University of Florida. He is a professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, also directing the Athens Parasitology Diagnostic Laboratory. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and European Veterinary Parasitology College, Dr. Kaplan is known for his expertise in anthelmintic resistance in equine, ruminant, camelid, and canine parasites. William C. Campbell One Health Award: Dr. Jitender P. Dubey, Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Dubey received his veterinary degree from the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in Mhow, India, and his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Sheffield in England. He is a microbiologist with the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Dr. Dubey is known for his work in the identification and transmission of the parasites Toxoplasma gondii, Neospora caninum, and Sarcosystis neurona. His research on parasitic diseases for more than 30 years at the ARS has led to improved detection and efforts to control their impact on livestock and humans. Dr. Dubey is an honorary member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Russell Avramenko, PhD, University of Calgary, for developing a nemabiome assay for measuring nematode species diversity and sequence polymorphisms associated with anthelmintic resistance with high sensitivity, high accuracy, and high throughput efficacy. AAVP-Companion Animal Parasite Council Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease: Dr. Jeba R.J. Jesudoss Chelladurai, Iowa State University, for research projects on diseases caused by zoonotic ascarids; molecular epidemiology studies of Ascaris in North America, revealing evidence of zoonotic transmission of the parasite; and characterizing P-glycoprotein genes capable of effluxing anthelmintics from Toxocara canis.
Officials: Dr. John Gilleard, Calgary, Alberta, president; Mason Reichard, PhD, Stillwater, Oklahoma, president-elect; Dr. Doug Carithers, Duluth, Georgia, vice president; Dr. Adriano Vatta, Richland, Michigan, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Dante S. Zarlenga, Beltsville, Maryland, immediate past president
Contact: Dr. Adriano Vatta, Secretary-Treasurer, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, 6291 N. 37th St., Richland, MI 49083; phone, 269-359-9572; adriano [dot] vattaatzoetis [dot] com (adriano[dot]vatta[at]zoetis[dot]com),

American College of Poultry Veterinarians

ACPV diplomates
ACPV diplomates: Drs. Molly Parker, Meagan Slater, Eric Shepherd, Claire-Sophie Rimet, Callie McQuain, and Victoria Pratt (Not pictured is Dr. Laura Chen.)

Event: American College of Poultry Veterinarians meeting, July 13-17, Denver
Business: It was announced that the 2019 ACPV workshop will be held a day prior to the Western Poultry Disease Conference and Mexican Association of Poultry Specialists' joint meeting in April 2019 in Mexico.
New diplomates: Seven new diplomates were welcomed into the ACPV. They are as follows:

Laura Chen, Raleigh, North Carolina
Molly Parker, Clayton, North Carolina
Meagan Slater, Athens, Georgia
Eric Shepherd, Candor, North Carolina
Claire-Sophie Rimet, Athens, Georgia
Callie McQuain, Jacksonville, North Carolina
Victoria Pratt, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Officials: Drs. David Hermes, Washington, Indiana, president; Andrea Zedek, Simpsonville, South Carolina, president-elect; Eric Gingerich, Zionsville, Indiana, immediate past president; and Suzanne Dougherty, Athens, Alabama, executive vice president
Contact: Janece Bevans-Kerr, Executive Director, American College of Poultry Veterinarians, 12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 202, Jacksonville, FL 32223; phone, 904-425-5735; supportatacpv [dot] info (support[at]acpv[dot]info);

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Event: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists meeting, July 12, Denver
Awards: R.K. Anderson Award: Dr. Elizabeth Feltes, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, for outstanding research in the field of applied animal behavior. A 2006 veterinary graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Feltes owns The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls. She has developed and put into practice a program in prevention of dog bites for the Olmsted Falls school system, established a webinar for pet owners expecting a new baby, and advised local raptor centers and zoos on behavior care. Her research focuses on aggression between dogs in the same household. Whitney Joy Engler Memorial Veterinary Student Research Award: Amanda Hampton, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for exceptional research in the field of animal behavior. Hampton is a fourth-year veterinary student at Louisiana State University. Her veterinary interests lie in feline medicine with a special interest in behavioral and integrative medicine. Fear Free Research Award: Hampton and Ragen T.S. McGowan, PhD, St. Joseph, Missouri, for research related to the subject of reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in canines and felines. Dr. McGowan earned her doctorate in applied ethology in 2007 from Washington State University. She is a research scientist in behavior and welfare at Nestle Purina. Dr. McGowan's research focuses on holistic approaches, incorporating behavior, physiology, and endocrinology, to quantify affective states and temperament in canines and felines.
Business: The college discussed reports from all standing and ad hoc committees.
Officials: Drs. Ellen Lindell, Bethel, Connecticut, president; Carlo Siracusa, Philadelphia, president-elect; E'Lise Christensen Bell, Castle Rock, Colorado, secretary; Lisa Radosta, West Palm Beach, Florida, treasurer; Valarie Tynes, Sweetwater, Texas, immediate past president; and members at large—Drs. Lore Haug, Sugarland, Texas, and Kelly Ballantyne, Chicago
Contact: Marisa Hackemann, Executive Director, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, 5003 SW 41st Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608; phone, 352-505-4324; acvbatnavc [dot] com (acvb[at]navc[dot]com);

American Veterinary Epidemiology Society

Some honorary diploma awardees
Some honorary diploma awardees: Drs. Lorin D. Warnick, Willie M. Reed, Mary Leigh Morris Merrill, Robert M. Smith, and Candace A. Jacobs


Dr. Schultz
Dr. Myron G. Schultz
Mrs. Schultz
Selma Schultz
Dr. Dunham
Dr. Bernadette M. Dunham
Dr. Mainzer
Dr. Hugh M. Mainzer

Event: American Veterinary Epidemiology Society meeting, July 16, Denver
Awards: Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.: Drs. Myron G. Schultz, awarded posthumously and accepted by his wife, Selma Schultz; Bernadette M. Dunham, Washington, D.C.; and Hugh M. Mainzer, Atlanta. Dr. Schultz received his veterinary degree in 1958 from Cornell University and an MD in the early 1960s from Albany Medical College. He founded and served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's parasitic diseases unit, which grew into the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. Dr. Schultz also established the drug service for parasitic diseases, enabling access to drugs for tropical and parasitic diseases. In the early 1980s, his detection of a cluster of pneumonia cases helped public health officials identify the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Dunham received her veterinary degree in 1975 from Ontario Veterinary College and earned her doctorate in cardiovascular physiology in 1984 from Boston University. She is a professorial lecturer at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, where her work focuses on one-health issues. Earlier in her career, Dr. Dunham served as assistant director of the AVMA Government Relations Division and was director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. A 1990 veterinary graduate of Tufts University, Dr. Mainzer is a preventive medicine officer and veterinary epidemiologist with the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. He also serves as a team leader and supervisor for the CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program. Earlier in his career, Dr. Mainzer was the chief professional officer for the veterinary category of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Honorary diplomas, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp., were given to Drs. Georgette Wilson, New York; Candace A. Jacobs, Olympia, Washington; Lorin D. Warnick, Ithaca, New York; Mary Leigh Morris Merrill, Gainesville, Florida; Willie M. Reed, Lafayette, Indiana; Robert Smith, Manassas, Virginia; Juan Lubroth, Rome; Peter J. Timoney, Lexington, Kentucky; and Sarah Keller White, Gainesville, Florida
Business: The late Dr. Saul Wilson (see obituary, April 1, 2018, JAVMA), past board member of the AVES, was memorialized at the meeting. The board of directors will be unveiling a Young Professional Award Program in the near future. It was announced that the James H. Steele biography, "Animal Health, Human Health, One Health: The Life and Legacy of Dr. James H. Steele," is available on and at other booksellers. All proceeds will go to the society to help implement and sustain future programs.
Officials: Drs. Craig N. Carter, Lexington, Kentucky, president and executive director; and board members—Dr. Lonnie King, Columbus, Ohio; Dr. George W. Beran, Ames, Iowa; Dr. Bruce Kaplan, Sarasota, Florida; Dr. William Stokes, Apex, North Carolina; Dr. Ron DeHaven, El Dorado Hills, California; and Keith Goldman, Secaucus, New Jersey
Contact: Dr. Craig N. Carter, President and Executive Director, American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, 3135 Newman Road, Lexington, KY 40515; phone, 859-321-4890; craig [dot] carteratuky [dot] edu (craig[dot]carter[at]uky[dot]edu);

American Veterinary Medical History Society

Dr. Zeiger
Dr. Jessica R. Zeiger
Ms. Zlotnick
Marta Zlotnick
Ms. Russo
Ashley Russo
Ms. Draper
Janna M. Draper


Mr. Mattick
Adam Mattick
Dr. Currier
Dr. Russell W. Currier
Dr. Owens
Dr. Jerry M. Owens

Event: American Veterinary Medical History Society meeting, July 14, Denver
Program: The president of the AVMHS, Dr. Russell W. Currier, presided over the meeting. Dr. Currier spoke on the contributions made to one health by Sir William Osler, MD, one of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Dr. Karl F. Meyer, a veterinarian and scientist known for his research on zoonotic diseases. Dr. Currier also spoke on contributions made by Richard E. Shope, MD, a physician and researcher in the field of virology who discovered the cause of swine influenza. An open forum was held, discussing the waxing and waning of the prominence of the one-health concept over the past two centuries. The AVMA poster display area included posters contributed by AVMHS members—Drs. Howard H. Erickson, Manhattan, Kansas, and Shannon Greeley, Burbank, Illinois. Dr. Erickson's poster was titled "Pioneer Veterinarians of Colorado and the West," and Dr. Greeley's poster was titled "The Early History of Veterinary Medicine in Illinois." The AVMHS booth featured several posters on the society's annual essay contest.
Awards: J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Donaldson Charitable Trust: First place ($1,200)—Dr. Jessica R. Zeiger (Purdue '18), for "Perceptions of Conception: The History of Artificial Insemination"; second place ($1,000)—Marta Zlotnick (Virginia-Maryland '19), for "The Child's Vet: Veterinarians in Children's Media in 20th Century America"; third place ($800)—Ashley Russo (Kansas State '21) for "Who Let the Dogs Out of Orbit?: A Brief History of the First Dog in Space"; fourth place ($500)—Janna M. Draper (Purdue '19), for "History of Ebola and the Role of Veterinarians"; and honorable mention—Adam Mattick (Kansas State '21), for "The Final Charge: The History of Horses in World War II."
Business: Similar to previous years, members had been sent a postcard outlining the program in Denver. This year's postcard featured a post–Civil War photo of Dr. George Henry Glover, a past president of the AVMA, who served as the first dean of the veterinary science program at Colorado State University. Reports on ongoing AVMHS activities were presented, including the society's Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices, which honors veterinary hospitals and clinics nationwide that are more than 50 years old. Dr. Susan E. Aiello, editor of the society's Time-Bites, a series of historical mini-stories, reported that links to the stories are regularly published in the Veterinary Information Network's online newsletters. It was noted that Dr. Boris Brglez, Frederick, Maryland, has replaced Dr. Fred Born, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as chair of the society's Oral History Committee. A new AVMHS website was launched with the assistance of Dr. Kevan P. Flaming, Ames, Iowa, in December 2017, with an enhanced appearance, functionality, and content. It was announced that Dr. Jessica R. Zeiger, Niles, Michigan, will take over as chair of the J. Fred Smithcors Essay Contest Committee beginning this year.
Officials: Dr. Russell W. Currier, Des Moines, Iowa, president; Dr. Jerry M. Owens, Glen Ellen, California, program chair and president-elect; Susanne K. Whitaker, Ithaca, New York, secretary-treasurer; David J. Williams, West Lafayette, Indiana, immediate past president; and members at large—C. Trenton Boyd, Columbia, Missouri; Dr. Margaret N. Carter, Terrell Hills, Texas; Dr. Lisa Cox, Guelph, Ontario; Dr. Candace A. Jacobs, Olympia, Washington; and Dr. Janver D. Krehbiel, Okemos, Michigan
Contact: Susanne K. Whitaker, Secretary-Treasurer, American Veterinary Medical History Society, 23 Wedgewood Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850; phone, 607-257-9248; skw2atcornell [dot] edu (skw2[at]cornell[dot]edu);

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Dr. Johnson
Dr. Calvin M. Johnson

Event: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, July 14, Denver
Program: Dr. Sheila Allen, AAVMC senior accreditation adviser, presented an update on AVMA Council on Education activities, including the most recent changes in accreditation standards. She noted that the Department of Education's scheduled five-year review of the AVMA COE was being postponed until spring 2019 with public comment scheduled for fall 2019. The AAVMC will send a request for input from deans in fall 2018. Dr. Calvin Johnson, AAVMC president, discussed the importance of advocating for the benefits of professional licensing in the profession of veterinary medicine, citing incidents of some consumer activist groups attacking state-mandated licensing requirements in various professions, claiming over-regulation and restriction of competition in the marketplace. Dr. Johnson noted that professional licensing exists to protect public well-being and is particularly important in the health professions, where it ensures high standards of competence and clinical practice. The AAVMC plans to develop a position statement in support of licensing in veterinary medicine. Dr. Marji Gilmour, associate dean for academic affairs at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties liaison to academic veterinary medicine, provided an update on ABVS activities, including the issue of veterinary specialties charging registration fees for residency programs. Kevin Cain, AAVMC governmental affairs director, discussed major provisions of the pending 2018 Farm Bill relevant to veterinary medicine and its present status within the 115th Congress. A 47-member conference committee has recently been established to reconcile House and Senate versions of the bill. Dr. Linda Lord of Merck Animal Health gave an overview of the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study, which analyzed the current state of mental health and wellness in the profession. Drs. Kent McClure, AVMA chief of government relations, and Gail Golab, AVMA chief veterinary officer, provided a status update on telehealth in veterinary medicine, and Dr. Stacy Pritt, 2016-18 AVMA vice president, discussed her activities. Introduced this year was a "Hot Topics and Discussion Period" session, providing deans with the opportunity to raise issues and comment on a variety of matters pertaining to academic veterinary medicine.
Officials: Dr. Calvin Johnson, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, president; Dr. Michael Lairmore, University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, president-elect; Dr. Paul Lunn, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, secretary; Dr. Mark D. Markel, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, treasurer; and Dr. Phillip Nelson, Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, immediate past president
Contact: Jeanne Johnson, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, 655 K Street NW, Suite 725, Washington, DC 20001; phone, 202-371-9195, ext. 144; jjohnsonataavmc [dot] org (jjohnson[at]aavmc[dot]org);

Pride Veterinary Medical Community

Dr. Cary
Dr. Mia Cary
Dr. Gorczyca
Dr. Ken Gorczyca
Dr. Merck
Dr. Melinda Merck

Event: Pride Veterinary Medical Community meeting, July 13, Denver
Program: The Pride VMC, in partnership with the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, hosted the presentation "Revealing Hidden Biases: How It Can Impact our Ability to Provide Successful Veterinary Care." The community also hosted the presentation "Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Clinic Setting for Transgender and Gender Expressive Students, Colleagues and Clients," the Pride VMC town hall "Be Your Authentic Self," and the presentation "Health and Well-Being Among LGBTQ Veterinary Professionals: What It Is and Why It Is Different." A coming-out party and networking reception were held. The community participated in the Live Life, Love All music event at the Hard Rock Cafe during the convention.
Awards: Pride VMC Leadership Award: Dr. Mia Cary, Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Cary was the inaugural recipient of this award, given to an individual who has been an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and has sought to fulfill the organization's mission of "a veterinary profession in which everyone can live to their full potential, have the ability to conduct their lives openly and with integrity, and are free to share their experience and wisdom for the betterment of themselves, the profession, their clients and all animals." A 1999 veterinary graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Cary is AVMA chief of professional services and strategic alliances. Earlier, she worked for the North American Veterinary Community, serving during her time there as chief collaboration officer, chief innovation officer, executive director of the Veterinary Innovation Council, and vice president of industry relations. Dr. Cary is immediate past president of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians and serves on the board of directors of Pet Peace of Mind, an organization that helps hospice and palliative care patients keep their pets. Pride VMC Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Ken Gorczyca, San Francisco. A 1983 veterinary graduate of the University of California-Davis, Dr. Gorczyca co-founded and served as veterinarian for Pets are Wonderful Support, a nonprofit organization for pet owners with HIV, also serving as editor for the PAWS Safe Pet Guidelines. He is a founding member and a past executive director of the Pride VMC.
Business: The former Lesbian and Gay VMA rebranded itself as the Pride VMC in 2018. The change was based on discussions held at a strategic planning session during AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis and information gleaned from an LGVMA membership survey in 2017. Recognizing that its former name was not inclusive, the LGVMA board voted to choose a name that represents the entire spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning people. In addition, the organization is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Officials: Dr. Melinda Merck, Austin, Texas, president; Dr. Dane Whitaker, San Francisco, president-elect; Dr. Abby McElroy, Lansing, Michigan, secretary; Kara Burns, Wamego, Kansas, treasurer; Dr. Sandy Hazanow, San Francisco, immediate past president; Morgan Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado, student liaison and board member; and board members—Drs. Mike Dibler, Orlando, Florida; Jay Gladden, Madison, Wisconsin; and Ellen Lowery, Wamego, Kansas
Contact: Dr. Abby McElroy, Secretary, Pride VMC, 584 Castro St. #492, San Francisco, CA 94114; phone, 304-546-0866; infoatpridevmc [dot] org (info[at]pridevmc[dot]org);

Veterinary Medical Association Executives

Mr. Copeland
Chris Copeland
Ms. Joy
Candace Joy
Mr. Tjornehoj
Dan Tjornehoj
Ms. Kilgore
Megan Kilgore

Event: Veterinary Medical Association Executives meeting, July 13, Denver
Awards: Executive of the Year: Chris Copeland, for exemplifying the best in association management and continually bringing credit to the profession and the association community. Copeland is executive director and chief administrative officer for the Texas VMA. Under his leadership, the association has seen an increase in membership and substantial financial growth. Copeland has initiated several programs and enhanced membership services. He has served on the board of directors of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and Texas Society of Association Executives. Distinguished Service Award: Candace Joy, Snoqualmie, Washington, for exceptional service to the VMAE, demonstrating initiative, integrity, and commitment in serving the veterinary profession and association colleagues. Executive director of the Washington State VMA, Joy is immediate past president of the VMAE. She has served on and chaired several of the association's committees and task forces. Best in Business Award: Arizona VMA. The AzVMA was recognized for its Pet Resource Directory, which demonstrates originality in content, creativity, and usefulness. The directory, designed for members to distribute to their clients, provides information on responsible pet ownership and regular veterinary care, in addition to contact information for emergency animal clinics and hospitals, boarding facilities, and mobile veterinary services. It also addresses dangers in the desert, methods to prevent dog bites in children, and holiday and summer tips for pets.
Officials: Dan Tjornehoj, South St. Paul, Minnesota, president; Megan Kilgore, Topeka, Kansas, president-elect; Jost am Rhyn, Ottawa, Ontario, secretary; Phil Hinkle, Orlando, Florida, treasurer; and Deloris Green Gaines, Fayetteville, Tennessee, immediate past president
Contact: Dan Tjornehoj, President, Veterinary Medical Association Executives, 101 Bridgepoint Drive #100, South St. Paul, MN 55075; phone, 651-645-7533; dantatmvma [dot] org (dant[at]mvma[dot]org);