May 01, 2020
Oregon Veterinary Conference, March 6-8, Corvallis
Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Sarah Bonner (California-Davis ’07), Tualatin. A diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, Dr. Bonner practices at Animal Dental Clinic in Lake Oswego. Earlier in her career, she worked in San Francisco. Dr. Bonner is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society. She was recognized not only for her contributions to the veterinary profession and her accomplishments in the field of veterinary dentistry but also for her assistance in resuscitating an employee of her practice who went into cardiac arrest.
Veterinary Service Award
Dr. Gregg Takashima (Minnesota ’83), Lake Oswego, won this award, recognizing an individual, group, or organization promoting the veterinary profession or the well-being of animals. Founder of Parkway Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Lake Oswego that is now part of the Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, Dr. Takashima serves as chief executive officer of ACGLO. He is a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Portland VMA, DoveLewis Emergency and Critical Care Hospital, and Delta Society Pet Partners. Dr. Takashima has served on several committees of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and is a past chair of the advisory board to the Portland Community College veterinary technology program.
Animal Welfare Award
Dr. Kirk Miller (Colorado State ’95), Portland, won this award, recognizing a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion or developed programs for the welfare of animals. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Miller is a clinical instructor of small animal primary care and shelter medicine at Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. He also serves as veterinarian for the Oregon Humane Society and teaches fourth-year veterinary students from OSU at the humane society’s Animal Medical Learning Center, as part of the collaborative program.
Technician of the Year
Lisa Caton, Tualatin. Caton is a certified veterinary technician at Animal Dental Clinic in Lake Oswego. Earlier, she worked in California for several years. Caton was recognized not only for rising above and beyond to provide outstanding service at the clinic but also for her assistance in resuscitating an employee of her practice who went into cardiac arrest.
Practice Manager of the Year
Traci Medeiros, Beaverton. Medeiros is practice manager at Animal Dental Clinic in Lake Oswego. As practice manager, she organizes and coordinates continuing education events throughout the greater Portland community and in Bend. Medeiros was integral in the planning, design, and implementation of the practice’s relocation into a free-standing clinic, with state-of-the-art dental and surgery equipment.
Students of the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine for their dedication to and enthusiasm for the veterinary profession.
Discussions were held and updates were provided on the issues of concern about opioids and diversion, veterinary telemedicine, compounding and the Food and Drug Administration’s guidance document, pending rules on management of drugs in veterinary clinics, transport of rescue animals into Oregon, and pesticides and the veterinary profession’s role and responsibilities.
Drs. Tim McCarthy, Portland, president, and Connie White, Corvallis, immediate past president