Veterinary groups meet in Washington, D.C.

Published on October 09, 2019

Forty-nine AVMA-allied and other veterinary-related organizations and 31 alumni groups from colleges and schools of veterinary medicine convened this August at AVMA Convention 2019 in Washington, D.C. 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

Event

American Association of Avian Pathologists Inc. meeting, Aug. 2-5, Washington, D.C.

Awards

Dr. Cervantes Dr. Toro Dr. Silva de Franca Dr. King
Dr. Hector Cervantes Dr. Haroldo Toro Dr. Monique Silva de
Franca
Dr. Daniel "Jack" King​
Dr. Magee Dr. Schneiders Dr. Maekawa Maeda Dr. Jerry
Dr. Danny L. Magee Dr. Gustavo H. Schneiders Dr. Daniel A. Maekawa
Maeda
Dr. Carmen Jerry
Ms. Mulholland Ms. Lopez de Juan Abad  
Kelly A. Mulholland Blanca Lopez de Juan
Abad

Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award
Joseph Giambrone, PhD, Auburn, Alabama, for research contributions that resulted directly or indirectly in a measurable, practical impact on the control of one or more important diseases of poultry. Dr. Giambrone earned his doctorate in medical microbiology in 1977 from the University of Georgia. He is a professor in the Department of Poultry Science at the Auburn University College of Agriculture. Dr. Giambrone was honored for his research on infectious laryngotracheitis virus. His research has led to key new knowledge regarding the ecology and control of this disease.

Lasher-Bottorff Award and Hall of Honor Inductee
Dr. Hector Cervantes (Mexico '78), Watkinsville, Georgia, won the Lasher-Bottorff Award, given in recognition of an avian diagnostician or technical service veterinarian who has made important contributions to the poultry health program in North America over the past 10 years. He was also inducted into the Hall of Honor for his contributions to avian medicine, global technical services, and the AAAP. Dr. Cervantes is senior manager of poultry veterinary services for the North American region at Phibro Animal Health.

Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research
Dr. Haroldo Toro, Auburn, Alabama, for sustained excellence in poultry disease and health for 20 years or more. Dr. Toro received his veterinary degree in 1983 from the University of Chile and earned his doctorate in 1987 from the Institute of Avian Diseases at the University of Giessen in Germany. He is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Toro was recognized for his work as a global expert in immunosuppressive and respiratory diseases in poultry.

Bayer-Snoeyenbos New Investigator Award
Dr. Monique Silva de Franca, Bogart, Georgia, for research contributions to the field of avian medicine. Dr. Silva de Franca received her veterinary degree in 2007 from Sao Paulo State University in Brazil and earned her doctorate in veterinary pathology in 2013 from the University of Georgia. She is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. Dr. Silva de Franca was honored for her research on economically important infectious diseases of poultry such as avian influenza, focal duodenal necrosis, and salmonellosis.

Hall of Honor Inductee
Dr. Daniel "Jack" King (Iowa State '61), Athens, Georgia. Dr. King earned his doctorate in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is retired from the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. Dr. King was recognized for his research regarding the characterization of emergent domestic and exotic Newcastle disease virus isolates and their comparisons with historic isolates. He was also recognized for his contributions to the AAAP.

Outstanding Field Case and/or Diagnostic Report Award
Dr. Danny L. Magee (Auburn '79), Brandon, Mississippi. Dr. Magee is a clinical professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

P.P. Levine Award
Dr. Gustavo H. Schneiders, Athens, Georgia, won this award, presented to the senior author of the best paper published in the journal Avian Diseases. Dr. Schneiders received his veterinary degree in 2013 from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. He is a graduate research assistant in poultry science at the University of Georgia Extension.

Reed Rumsey Student Award
Drs. Daniel A. Maekawa Maeda, Athens, Georgia, and Carmen Jerry, Athens, Georgia, for clinical and basic research in avian medicine. Dr. Maekawa Maeda received his veterinary degree in 2008 from the National University of San Marcos in Peru. Dr. Jerry received her veterinary degree in 2011 from the University of the West Indies and earned her doctorate in veterinary pathology in 2019 from the University of Georgia.

Richard B. Rimler Memorial Paper Scholarship
Kelly A. Mulholland, Wilmington, Delaware, for excellence in poultry disease research. Mulholland is a graduate research assistant at the University of Delaware.

A.S. Rosenwald Student Poster Award
Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad, Cary, North Carolina, won in the category of applied research. She is a graduate research assistant at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Victor Palomino-Tapia, Calgary, Alberta, won in the category of basic research. Dr. Palomino-Tapia received his veterinary degree in 2007 from the National University of San Marcos in Peru. He is a postdoctoral student at the University of Calgary.

Officials

Drs. Eric Jensen, Huntsville, Alabama, president; David Frame, Ephraim, Utah, president-elect; Suzanne Dougherty, Elkmont, Alabama, executive vice president; Nathaniel Tablante, College Park, Maryland, immediate past president; K.A. "Ton" Schat, Ithaca, New York, northeast director; Samuel Christenberry, Cullman, Alabama, south director; Michelle Kromm, Wilmar, Minnesota, central director; Rocio Crespo, Puyallup, Washington, western director; Valerie Marcano, Athens, Georgia, student director; and directors at large—Drs. Rosemary Marusak, Chetek, Wisconsin, and Jarra Jagne, Ithaca, New York

AAAP officials
AAAP officials: Drs. Jarra Jagne, Rocio Crespo, Eric Jensen, Samuel Christenberry, Michelle Kromm, K.A. "Ton" Schat, Nathaniel Tablante, Valerie Marcano, and Suzanne Dougherty (Not pictured are Drs. David Frame and Rosemary Marusak.)

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.info

American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians

National Association of Federal Veterinarians

Event

American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians and National Association of Federal Veterinarians, joint meeting, Aug. 4, Washington, D.C.

Program

Dr. Burke Healey, deputy administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services, spoke on the good relationship between the NAFV and APHIS VS and his intention to further strengthen the line of communication between both organizations. Paul Kiecker, deputy administrator of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, spoke about the critical role that veterinarians play in the service and his goal of making it a careerlong choice for federal veterinarians. Dr. Maria Esteras, veterinary recruitment outreach coordinator at the FSIS, discussed the strategies and plans she has put forth towards the recruitment and retention of public health veterinarians in the service.

Awards

Dr. Bender Dr. Ringler  
Dr. Jeff Bender Dr. Stephanie Ringler

AAFSPHV Public Health Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Jeff Bender (Minnesota '89), Ham Lake, Minnesota. Dr. Bender is a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and directs the U.S. Agency for International Development's Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 One Health Workforce Project at the university. He also serves as co-director of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health center at the university focused on agricultural occupational safety and health. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Bender has directed and collaborated on several research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases.

AAFSPHV Food Safety Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Jaime Kirkpatrick (Iowa State '05), Ames, Iowa. Dr. Kirkpatrick is an enforcement investigations and analysis officer with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. She was honored for her dedication to food safety, for assisting individuals seeking advice on food safety issues, and for her many years of service in the FSIS.

AAFSPHV Student Scholarship
Dr. Stephanie Ringler (Louisiana State '19), Butler, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ringler is a veterinary medical officer with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services.

NAFV Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Award
Commander Richard Luce (North Carolina State '03), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for distinguished service, exemplary leadership, and pioneering contributions to the promotion of public health, infectious disease control, and management of neglected health problems in underserved populations in the United States and the world. A commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Luce is a detailee to the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa, serving as an accelerated immunization initiative officer with the intercountry support team based in Burkina Faso. His work focuses on vaccine-preventable diseases in 17 countries.

Business

The AAFSPHV provided its members an update on membership, strategic planning, budget, and the then-upcoming food safety symposium at the United States Animal Health Association meeting in October. Discussions were held during the joint business meeting on the latest efforts in public practice.

Officials

Some AAFSPHV officials
Some AAFSPHV officials: Drs. Kelly Vest, Michele Pfannenstiel, and Katherine Waters
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. Barbara Porter-Spalding, Raleigh, North Carolina, president and AVMA alternate delegate; Deanna A. Brown, Batesville, Arkansas, president-elect; Larry A. Davis, Jackson, Mississippi, secretary-treasurer and immediate past president; and Joseph F. Annelli, Washington, D.C., executive vice president and AVMA delegate
 

Contact

AAFSPHV: Dr. Katherine Waters, Executive Vice President, American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians, 1901 E. 13th Ave., #8D, Denver, CO 80206; phone, 360-281-6088; aafsv [dot] execvpatgmail [dot] com; aafsphv.org

NAFV: Dr. Joseph F. Annelli, Executive Vice President, National Association of Federal Veterinarians, 1910 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone, 443-677-9001, jfannelliatnafv [dot] org; nafv.org

American Association Of Industry Veterinarians

AAIV official
AAIV officials: Front row—Drs. Pam Mitchell, Debra Nickelson, Bonnie Bragdon (AVMA delegate), and Ellen Lowery; Back row—Drs. Gary Anderson (board member), Dan Marsman (past AVMA delegate), David Goodnight (board member), Tim Smaha (board member), and Carolyn Luther (board member) (Not pictured are Drs. Matt Krecic and Eduardo Vivas.)
 

Event

American Association of Industry Veterinarians meeting, Aug. 3-5, Washington, D.C.

Program

The association celebrated its 65th anniversary at a networking reception that drew more than 70 attendees and participated in the AVMA Career Fair.

Business

Members can use the association's website to access archived business and career-related webinars, past compensation surveys, and other career resources.

Officials

Drs. Debra Nickelson, Kansas City, Missouri, president; Pam Mitchell, Metairie, Louisiana, president-elect; Matt Krecic, Miami, secretary; Eduardo Vivas, Stilwell, Kansas, treasurer; and Ellen Lowery, Olathe, Kansas, immediate past president

Contact

Dr. Debra Nickelson, President, American Association of Industry Veterinarians, 13800 NW 79th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64152; phone, 602-363-6382; djnickelsonatgmail [dot] com; aaivet.org

American Board of Veterinary Toxicology

Event

American Board of Veterinary Toxicology meeting, Aug. 5, Washington, D.C.

Awards

ABVT diplomates
ABVT diplomates: Drs. Megan Romano and Wilson Ramirez-Duarte
Service Award
Drs. Charles H. Hobbs (Colorado State '66), Stockdale, Texas, and Merl F. Raisbeck (Colorado State '75), Laramie, Wyoming. Dr. Hobbs is a senior scientist emeritus at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to his retirement from the institution, he served as director of the Toxicology Division and was vice president of the Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute. Dr. Hobbs is a diplomate of the ABVT and American Board of Toxicology. He was honored for his contributions to the ABVT membership and to veterinary toxicology. Dr. Raisbeck is a professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming. While at the university, he also held a joint appointment in the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. A diplomate of the ABVT, Dr. Raisbeck had research interests including selenium poisoning and metal intoxication in wildlife and livestock. He was recognized for his contributions to the art and science of veterinary toxicology.
ABVT officials
ABVT officials: Drs. Adrienne Bautista, Tam Garland, Ahna Brutlag, and David Dorman (Not pictured is Dr. Timothy Evans.)
 

Travel Award
Dr. Shannon Darby, University of Florida, for "Plasma l-indospicine and 3-nitropropionic acid in ponies fed creeping indigo."

New diplomates

Drs. Megan Romano, Lexington, Kentucky, and Wilson Ramirez-Duarte, Davis, California

Business

A new website is being created and is expected to be functioning in a few months.

Officials

Drs. David Dorman, Raleigh, North Carolina, president; Tam Garland, College Station, Texas, president-elect; Adrienne Bautista, Davis, California, secretary; Ahna Brutlag, Bloomington, Minnesota, treasurer; and Timothy Evans, Columbia, Missouri, immediate past president

Contact

Dr. Adrienne Bautista, Secretary, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, 1411 W. Covell Blvd., Suite 101, Davis, CA 95616; phone, 530-750-1056; abcashionatucdavis [dot] edu; abvt.org

American College of Animal Welfare

Event

American College of Animal Welfare meeting, Aug. 1, Washington, D.C.

Program

The meeting drew more than two dozen attendees. The college offered its short course as part of the AVMA's animal welfare continuing education program and hosted a mixer offering diplomates an opportunity to build community and for veterinarians to gather information about board certification and meet potential mentors.

New diplomates

Robin Chadwin, Woodland, California
Mark Flint, Columbus, Ohio
Barry Kipperman, San Ramon, California
Heather L. Narver, Bethesda, Maryland
Patricia Pryor, Herring Cove, Nova Scotia
Sandra Strong, Raleigh, North Carolina

Business

Discussions were held on the college's efforts toward full recognition, including a focus on continued improvement of the college's training and short course programs and the refinement of the credentialing and examination processes.

Officials

Drs. Jeff Boehm, Sausalito, California, president; Jan Shearer, Ames, Iowa, president-elect; Kathryn Bayne, Frederick, Maryland, secretary; Steven R. Hansen, Phoenix, treasurer; and Gail Golab, Schaumburg, Illinois, immediate past president

Contact

Dr. Jeff Boehm, President, American College of Animal Welfare, The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA 94965; phone, 415-289-7337; boehmjattmmc [dot] org; acaw.org

American College of Poultry Veterinarians

Event

American College of Poultry Veterinarians meeting, Aug. 2-5, Washington, D.C.

New diplomates

Brandon Armwood, Athens, Georgia
Julia Blakey, Turlock, California
Judith Labounty, Grimes, Iowa
Eric Parent, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec
Abigail Reith, Bentonville, Arkansas

ACPV diplomates
ACPV diplomates: Drs. Brandon Armwood, Julia Blakey, Judith Labounty, Eric Parent, and Abigail Reith
Business

The ACPV certification examination was administered electronically for the first time.

Officials

Drs. Andrea Zedek, Simpsonville, South Carolina, president; Rocio Crespo, Zionsville, Indiana, president-elect; David Hermes, Washington, Indiana, immediate past president; Suzanne Dougherty, Athens, Alabama, executive vice president; James Barton, Fayetteville, Arkansas, AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties representative; and governors—Drs. Don Ritter, Millsboro, Delaware; Sarah Tilley, Baldwin, Georgia; Joel Cline, Elba, Alabama; Susan Williams, Athens, Georgia; Gregorio Rosales, Athens, Alabama; and Bruce Stewart-Brown, Salisbury, Maryland

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; acpv.info

American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Event

American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine meeting, Aug. 4, Washington, D.C.

Awards

Dr. Brooks Dr. Torring Dr. Voehl
Dr. Scott Brooks Brig. Gen. Erik H.
Torring III
​Dr. Kristen Voehl

Helwig-Jennings Award
Dr. Scott Brooks (Texas A&M '90), Colorado Springs, Colorado, for outstanding and prolonged service to the ACVPM. Dr. Brooks is president of River Run Consulting, providing food safety, quality, and regulatory services to the food industry. He is a diplomate of the ACVPM.

Distinguished Diplomate Award
Brig. Gen. Erik H. Torring III (Kansas State '89), Boerne, Texas, for significant contributions to the specialty of veterinary preventive medicine. Dr. Torring recently retired as chief of the Army Veterinary Corps. As chief, he oversaw programs to recruit, train, develop, and equip nearly 3,000 veterinary and warrant officers and enlisted personnel. He is a diplomate of the ACVPM.

Frank A. Todd President's Award
Dr. Kristen Voehl (Michigan State '01), Milton, Massachusetts, for meritorious service to the college. Dr. Voehl is a clinical veterinarian and an instructor of veterinary parasitology in the veterinary technology program at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts. She is a diplomate of the ACVPM.

New diplomates

Laura Marie Anderson, Rockville, Maryland
Kristopher T. Appler, Raeford, North Carolina
Nancy M. Barnett, Hume, Virginia
Shawn C. Basinger, College Station, Texas
Amanda M. Berrian, Columbus, Ohio
Jocelin S.Y. Blake, San Antonio
Jessica Bowden, Lacey, Washington
Philip A. Bowling, Frederick, Maryland
Jenifer Chatfield, Dade City, Florida
Daniel L. Cole, U.S. armed forces
Andrea L. Coté, Clarksville, Tennessee
Jason R. Crawford, Kensington, Maryland
Emily J. Curren, Atlanta
Benjamin C. Dixon, Myersville, Maryland
Ernesto D. Villegas, Waynesboro, Virginia
Randal S. Dudis, Silver Spring, Maryland
Lizette O. Durand, Waianae, Hawaii
Jennifer A. Edmundson, Laurel, Maryland
Natalie Erker, San Diego
Emily E. Feyes, Columbus, Ohio
Klibs N.A. Galvão, Gainesville, Florida
Hailey Harroun-White, Terrell Hills, Texas
M. Erin Henry, Ithaca, New York
Drew B. Henschen, Silver Spring, Maryland
Levi D. Hoffman, Gainesville, Florida
Jessica J. Huwa, Owings Mills, Maryland
Eugene S. Johnson, Platte City, Missouri
Jodie M. Jones, Anchorage, Alaska
Donna J.A. Kelly, Akron, Pennsylvania
Katherine J. Kilzer, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Jennifer M. Kishimori, Cabin John, Maryland
Christopher M. Lewis, Kansas City, Missouri
Meghan Louis, Apex, North Carolina
Pádraig Lucey, Tulare, California
Muhammad M. Makhdoomi, Edinburg, Texas
Jacob G. Marcek, Clarksville, Tennessee
Robert A. Messenger, Gunpowder, Maryland
Michael F. Neafsey II, Holly Springs, North Carolina
Kathleen C. O'Hara, Davis, California
Sally Plichta, Aberdeen, North Carolina
Iwona T. Popkowski, New York
Karren Prost, Barrie, Ontario
Laurel E. Redding, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Thomas D. Rose, Columbia, Missouri
Kyle P. Ross, San Diego
Nicole L. Rowley, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Katie A. Rumsey, Urbandale, Iowa
Meghan C. Schirger, Rockford, Illinois
Constance Silbernagel, Encinitas, California
Patricia B. Simon, Inglewood, California
Christan H. Stager, Colonial Heights, Virginia
Dennis M. Summers, Etna, Ohio
Sara J.C. Taetzsch, Buena Vista, Virginia
Shawn Thomas, U.S. armed forces
Tara Urbano, Davis, California
Cole F. Vanicek, Oakwood, Ohio
Elizabeth Venit, Washington, D.C.
Whitney A. Waldsmith, Aberdeen, North Carolina
Natalie M. Wendling, Atlanta

Officials

Drs. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Ames, Iowa, president; Rick Hill, Ames, Iowa, president-elect; Thomas Doker, Aiken, South Carolina, secretary-treasurer; Thomas Berg, Richland, Michigan, executive vice president; Marianne Ash, Lafayette, Indiana, immediate past president; Sarah Hamer, College Station, Texas, Specialty of Epidemiology president; John Sanders, Kearneysville, West Virginia, American Board of Veterinary Specialties representative; and councilors—Drs. Barbara Jones, Durham, New Hampshire; Matt Doyle, College Park, Maryland; and Evan Shukan, Bethesda, Maryland

ACPV diplomates
ACVPM officials: Front row—Drs. Thomas Berg, Barbara Jones, Marianne Ash, Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Kimberly Orr (Specialty of Epidemiology immediate past president), and Renee Funk (past councilor). Back row—Drs. Rick Hill, Thomas Doker, and Matt Doyle (Not pictured are Drs. Sarah Hamer, Evan Shukan, and John Sanders.)
 

Contact

Dr. Marianne Ash, Immediate Past President, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2514 Marruth Drive, Lafayette, IN 47905; phone, 765-427-7113; mashatboah [dot] in [dot] gov; acvpm.org

American Veterinary Epidemiology Society

Event

American Veterinary Epidemiology Society meeting, Aug. 5, Washington, D.C.

Awards

Dr. Shere Dr. Donham Dr. Doyle Dr. Carter
Dr. Jack A. Shere Dr. Kelley J. Donham Lt. Cmdr. Matthew L.
Doyle
Dr. Craig N. Carter

Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.
Drs. Jack A. Shere (Iowa State '87), Washington, D.C., and Kelley J. Donham (Iowa State '71), Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Shere is associate administrator of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Earlier, he served as deputy administrator of APHIS Veterinary Services. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Donham is a professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa. He co-authored "Agricultural Medicine: Rural Occupational and Environmental Health, Safety, and Prevention."

AVES Early Career Professional Achievement Award, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Doyle (Michigan State '08), College Park, Maryland, was the inaugural recipient of this award, given in recognition of contributions toward one health early in one's career. Dr. Doyle serves as a senior veterinary medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. A diplomate of the ACVPM, he is part of a response team for the Food and Drug Administration's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network.

Honorary Diplomates, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.
Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Ashley E. Hill, Davis, California; Capt. Casey Barton Behravesh, Atlanta; Capt. Christa R. Hale, Denver; Gloria L. Gellin, Lexington, Kentucky; Dr. Gregory C. Gray, Durham, North Carolina; Capt. Kis Robertson Hale, Silver Spring, Maryland; Dr. Megin C. Nichols, Atlanta; Dr. George R. Lueddeke, Hampshire, England; and Dr. Yrjö T. Gröhn, Ithaca, New York

Some honorary AVES diplomates
Some honorary AVES diplomates: Capt. Kis Robertson Hale, Dr. Gregory C. Gray, Cap. Christa R. Hale, Dr. Megin C. Nichols, Gloria L. Gellin, and Dr. Ashley E. Hill
Business

The late Dr. Leon H. Russell (see obituary, Aug. 15, 2019), a past recipient of the Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, and the late Dr. Rene Carlson (see obituary, May 15, 2019), an honorary diplomate of the AVES, were memorialized at the meeting. It was announced that a biography of Dr. James H. Steele, "Animal Health, Human Health, One Health: The Life and Legacy of Dr. James H. Steele," is available on amazon.com and at other booksellers. All proceeds will go to the society to help implement and sustain future programs. The society's website can be accessed to follow recent AVES activities, to learn about the history of the organization, and to make a donation to support programs.

Officials

Dr. Craig Carter, Lexington, Kentucky, president; and board members—Keith Goldman, Secaucus, New Jersey; Dr. Lonnie King, Columbus, Ohio; Dr. George Beran, Ames, Iowa; Dr. Ron DeHaven, El Dorado Hills, California; Dr. Bruce Kaplan, Sarasota, Florida; Dr. William Stokes, Apex, North Carolina; Dr. Laura Kahn, Princeton, New Jersey; and Dr. Lisa Conti, Tallahassee, Florida

Contact

Dr. Craig N. Carter, President, American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, 3135 Newman Road, Lexington, KY 40515; phone, 859-321-4890; craig [dot] carteratuky [dot] edu; avesociety.org

American Veterinary Medical History Society

Event

American Veterinary Medical History Society meeting, Aug. 4, Washington, D.C.

Program

The immediate past president of the AVMHS, Dr. Russell W. Currier, presided over the meeting. The AVMA poster display area included posters contributed by AVMHS members—Drs. Howard H. Erickson, Manhattan, Kansas; Philip M. Teigen, Silver Spring, Maryland; Russell W. Currier, Des Moines, Iowa; and Shannon Greeley, Burbank, Illinois. Drs. Erikson and Teigen contributed the poster titled "C. Barnwell Robinson (1859-1921): Founder of U.S. College of Veterinary Surgeons, Fire-Dept and District of Columbia Veterinarian." Dr. Currier's poster was titled "Washington DC's Private Veterinary Schools, 1892-1918: Case study of Daniel Salmon's Short-lived National Veterinary College." Dr. Greeley's poster was titled "Milestones in the History of One Health." The society's exhibit booth featured the poster titled "Marking the Centennial Anniversary of AVMA Presidency Dr. Charles Allen Cary." Dr. Cary served as president of the AVMA from 1919-20 and was founding dean of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a past Alabama state veterinarian. His biography, "The Cary Legacy," authored by Sam Hendrix, was also on display at the booth.

Awards

Dr. Owens Dr. Wojcinski Ms. Chong Fan Ms. Radzin
Dr. Jerry M. Owens Dr. Zbigniew W. Wojcinski Jennifer Chong Fan Annelise Radzin​
Dr. Fourthman    
Dr. Brooke Fourthman

J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest, sponsored by the Donaldson Charitable Trust
First place (tie)—Jennifer Chong Fan (Cornell '21), for "Animals in Court: The Early Days of Veterinary Forensics," and Scarlett Denise Welfel (Iowa State '22), for "Doctor of Donkeys: The Story of Claude Bourgelat Who Turned His Love of Equids into a Medical Profession"; third place—Annelise Radzin (Ohio State '23), for "Trypanosoma brucei brucei: The Parasite that Plagued a Continent"; and fourth place—Dr. Brooke Fourthman (Purdue '19), for "A Brief History of Interventional Cardiology."

Business

Similar to previous years, members had been sent a postcard outlining the program in Washington, D.C. This year's postcard featured a line drawing of the front of the building of the United States College of Veterinary Surgeons, a veterinary college in operation from 1894-1927 in Washington, D.C. Reports on ongoing AVMHS activities were presented, including the publication of two issues of the bulletin Veterinary Heritage in November 2018 and June 2019; the society's Registry of Heritage Veterinary Practices, which honors veterinary hospitals and clinics nationwide that are more than 50 years old; the AVMHS Time-Bites, a series of historical ministories, links to which are regularly published in the Veterinary Information Network's email newsletters; and the 2019 J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest. It was announced that the Donaldson Charitable Trust will continue to sponsor and provide funding for the essay contest for another five years and that Dr. Kavan Flaming, Ames, Iowa, will continue to provide support for the enhanced AVMHS website. Dr. Rolan Tripp, founder of the Veterinary Future Society, presented his views on the future of veterinary medicine, focusing on telemedicine.

Officials

Dr. Jerry M. Owens, Glen Ellen, California, president; Dr. Zbigniew W. Wojcinski, Ann Arbor, Michigan, president-elect and program chair; Susanne K. Whitaker, Ithaca, New York, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Russell W. Currier, Des Moines, Iowa, immediate past president; and members at large—C. Trenton Boyd, Columbia, Missouri; Dr. Margaret N. Carter, Terrell Hills, Texas; 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; avmhs [dot] infoatgmail [dot] com; avmhs.org

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Event

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges meeting, Aug. 3, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Lairmore
Dr. Michael Lairmore
Program

Dr. Michael Lairmore, AAVMC president, outlined the progress of the association's current strategic planning process. He noted that a series of concept papers, exploring top issues in academic veterinary medicine, had been developed by staff members, board members, and volunteers, and the strategic plan is on schedule for completion in early 2020. Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and lead for the Veterinary Futures Commission, reported that the commission is nearing completion of a report on the future of veterinary medicine. Dr. Scott Angle, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, spoke on the status of the relocation of the institute from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Missouri. He noted that only 25% of employees are expected to relocate, but the move is being approached as an opportunity for change. Dr. Stephane Martinot, president of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education, outlined current issues and operations of the EAEVE. Dr. Sally Rockey, executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, spoke on FFAR Vet Fellows, a summer fellowship program offered to veterinary students, in collaboration with the AAVMC. The fellowship allows students to pursue research careers in global food security and sustainable animal production. Dr. Douglas L. Steels, vice president for food, agriculture, and natural resources with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, presented an overview of the association's current operations and priorities. The AAVMC has recently partnered with the APLU on the establishment of the National Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education. The meeting concluded with a presentation on the Veterinary Business Management Association by Ricky Walther and Emily Farmer, president and vice president of the association, respectively.

Officials

Drs. Michael Lairmore, University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, president; Mark Markel, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, president-elect; Ruby Perry, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, secretary; Mark Stetter, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, treasurer; and Calvin Johnson, Auburn University 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; aavmc.org

Pride Veterinary Medical Community

Event

Pride Veterinary Medical Community meeting, Aug. 1, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Donlin
Dr. Janet Donlin
Awards
 

LGBTQ+ 2019 Leadership Award
Dr. Janet Donlin (Minnesota '81), Schaumburg, Illinois. Dr. Donlin is executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AVMA. She previously served as chief executive officer of the AVMA PLIT and before that was chief veterinary officer of the Global Veterinary Business Channel of Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. Dr. Donlin was honored for driving AVMA support of LGBTQ+ issues and the mission of the Pride VMC.

Business

The board of directors completed a strategic plan to outline the next three years. The plan focuses on education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity, student empowerment through leadership development and mentorship, and member engagement and outreach.

Officials

Dr. Dane Whitaker, San Francisco, president; Dr. Abby McElroy, Harrisville, Rhode Island, secretary; Kara Burns, Olathe, Kansas, treasurer; Dr. Sandy Hazanow, San Francisco, immediate past president: Corinne Weston, Corvallis, Oregon, student representative; and board members—Drs. Ellen Lowery, Olathe, Kansas; Jay Gladden, Madison, Wisconsin; and Mike Dibler, Orlando, Florida

Contact

Dr. Abby McElroy, Secretary, Pride Veterinary Medical Community, 584 Castro St. #492, San Francisco, CA 94114; phone, 304-546-0866; infoatpridevmc [dot] com; pridevmc.org

Veterinary Medical Association Executives

Event

Veterinary Medical Association Executives meeting, Aug. 2, Washington, D.C.

Awards

Ms. Shupe Mr. Hochstadt Ms. Kilgore
Christine Shupe Adrian Hochstadt ​Megan Kilgore

Executive of the Year
Christine Shupe, Alachua, Florida, for exemplifying the best in association management and continually bringing credit to the association executive profession and the association community. Shupe is executive director of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Under her leadership for the past 21 years, the association has seen an increase in membership of 361%, received accreditation from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence for the VHMA program to certify veterinary practice managers, published a comprehensive biennial compensation and benefits survey, and launched an online networking community in 2011 dedicated to veterinary practice management.

Distinguished Service Award
Adrian Hochstadt, Schaumburg, Illinois, for exceptional service to the VMAE, demonstrating initiative, integrity, and commitment in serving the veterinary profession and association colleagues. Hochstadt is deputy chief executive officer of the AVMA. His efforts toward establishing what is now known as the AVMA Division of State Advocacy have benefited state VMAs in helping advance their public policy objectives. A past president of the VMAE, Hochstadt has served on several of the association's committees and task forces.

Best in Business Award
Indiana VMA. The IVMA was honored for its Power of You program, targeting midcareer veterinarians who may need a refresh, recharge, or renewal of their passion for veterinary medicine. The program features four one-day sessions in the areas of insight and personalities, cohesive team strategies, veterinary wellness, and financial and business wellness.

Officials

Megan Kilgore, Topeka, Kansas, president; Susan Blevins, Atlanta, president-elect; Jost am Rhyn, Ottawa, Ontario, secretary; Dr. Randy Wheeler, Ankeny, Iowa, treasurer; and Dan Tjornehoj, South St. Paul, Minnesota, immediate past president

Contact

Megan Kilgore, President, Veterinary Medical Association Executives, P.O. Box 77, Lyndon, KS 66451; phone, 785-221-0312; meganatksvma [dot] org; vmae.org