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December 01, 2020

Alabama VMA

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Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference, Aug. 19, Miramar Beach, Florida

Dr. Branch
Dr. T.C. Branch
Dr. Dawkins
Dr. Thomas Dawkins
James R. Harper Jr.
James R. Harper Jr.
Dr. Gaddis
Dr. Robert “Bert” Gaddis
Dr. Pate
Dr. Harold “Hal” Pate
Dr. Davis
Dr. Randall Davis
Dr. Kuykendall
Dr. Dan Kuykendall


Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. T.C. Branch (Tuskegee ’81), Birmingham. Dr. Branch is the founder of Oporto Animal Clinic in Birmingham and was a partner at the Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center in Birmingham. President of the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, he is a past president of the Alabama VMA and Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation and is a past chair of the American Association of State Boards’ Conference Committee. Dr. Branch is a member and a past corresponding secretary of the Jefferson County VMA.

Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Thomas Dawkins (Auburn ’78), Birmingham, for exceptional achievements and contributions to the advancement of the profession. Dr. Dawkins owns two practices in Birmingham and serves as the rabies officer for Jefferson County. Earlier, he owned a rural practice in Randolph County, where he also served as rabies control officer. Dr. Dawkins is a past president of the Jefferson County VMA and has served 10 years on the Birmingham Racing Commission.

Layperson of the Year
James R. Harper Jr., Mobile. Harper completed his law degree at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery. He works as a criminal defense attorney in Mobile. Harper was honored for volunteering his time and efforts in the representation of an Alabama veterinarian.

Special Award
Drs. Robert “Bert” Gaddis (Auburn ’83), Homewood, and Harold “Hal” Pate (Auburn ’79), Hayneville. A diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, Dr. Gaddis owns what is now known as Animal Dental Specialists in Pelham. He previously practiced at Roswell Animal Hospital in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Gaddis has served on the board of directors and several committees of the AVDC. Dr. Pate owns Pate Animal Clinic in Hayneville and serves as staff veterinarian for the Montgomery Zoo. A past president of the ALVMA, he currently serves as chair of the ALVMA Nominating Committee and is Alabama’s alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates.

Service Award
Drs. Randall Davis, Tuscumbia, and Dan Kuykendall, Auburn

Dr. Murphree
Dr. Steven T. Murphree


Drs. Randall Davis, Tuscumbia, president; Steven T. Murphree, Cullman, president-elect; Frances P. Kendrick, Selma, vice president; Susan Parsons, McCalla, treasurer; Alan Jones, Kelso, immediate past president; and member at large—Dr. Bradley Harris, Dothan