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October 15, 2021

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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Virtual annual forum, June 9-12


The college provided more than 300 sessions and several hundred e-posters on a virtual platform. All content was available until Sept. 30.


Dr. Mayhew
Dr. I.G. Joe Mayhew

Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence
Dr. I.G. Joe Mayhew (Massey ’68), Palmerston North, New Zealand. Dr. Mayhew is a professor emeritus at Massey University School of Veterinary Sciences and a veterinary consultant in New Zealand. He is a diplomate of the ACVIM in large animal internal medicine and neurology and a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology, a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a member of the European Society of Veterinary Neurology. Dr. Mayhew authored the second edition of the textbook “Large Animal Neurology.”

ACVIM Lee and Inge Pyle Service Award
Dr. Michelle Barton (Illinois ’85), Athens, Georgia, for outstanding and dedicated service to the ACVIM in a volunteer capacity for 10 or more years. Dr. Barton is director of clinical academic affairs at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. A diplomate of the ACVIM in large animal internal medicine, she oversees the program for third-and fourth-year veterinary students and teaches in the Large Animal Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Ettinger
Dr. Stephen Ettinger

Lifetime Specialty Achievement Awards
Drs. Alexander de Lahunta (Cornell ’58), Rye, New Hampshire, and Stephen Ettinger (Cornell ’64), Laguna Hills, California. Recently deceased (see story), Dr. de Lahunta was James Law Professor of Anatomy emeritus and a past director of what is now known as the Hospital for Animals at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, he also chaired the Department of Clinical Sciences and the Department of Anatomy at the veterinary college. Dr. de Lahunta was a founding member and diplomate in neurology of the ACVIM and helped establish the specialty of neurology at the college. Dr. Ettinger co-founded Berkeley Veterinary Medical Group, the first private veterinary specialty group practice in the United States. During his career, he has also served as a clinical professor at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and been a part of what was known as the California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group. Dr. Ettinger co-authored the textbook “Canine Cardiology” and authored “Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine.” He is a charter diplomate of the ACVIM in cardiology and served as the first president of the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology.

New diplomates

Lyndsay Kong, Calgary, Alberta

Large animal internal medicine
Kari Bevevino, Bryan, Texas
Lauren Bookbinder, Woodstock, Connecticut
Shannon Darby, Lillington, North Carolina
Barbara Delvescovo, Ithaca, New York
Lisa Edwards, Davis, California
Stephanie Frank, Lake Forest, California
Lisanne Gallant, Lambton, Australia
Eloi Guarnieri, Montreal
Aja Harvey, Raritan, New Jersey
Bruno Karam, Bothell, Washington
Thibaud Kuca, Estévenens, Switzerland
Amy Lack, Guelph. Ontario
Estelle Manguin, Maisons-Alfort, France
Mariya Pitel, Pacific Grove, California
Valentina Ragno, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Jacob Swink, Acme, Pennsylvania
Leslie Weaver, Manhattan, Kansas
Andrew Willis, Stephenville, Texas

Vincent Baldanza, Los Angeles
Joshua Henry, Ithaca, New York
Edwina Love, Norwalk, Connecticut
Christine Oakley, Woodland Hills, California
Irene Vazquez, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ariana Verrilli, West Sand Lake, New York

Small animal internal medicine
Erin Allen, Red Bank, New Jersey
Emilia Bourassi, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Jose Ignacio Casado Diaz, Zurich
Lauren Cochran, St. Petersburg, Florida
Sarah Cocker-Scott, San Diego
Shannon Darby, Lillington, North Carolina
Lesli Kibler, Sutton, Massachusetts
Allison Leuin, Vista, California
Laura Motschenbacher, St. Paul, Minnesota
Matthew Munro, Newport, Australia
Laura Seibert, Beavercreek, Ohio
Julie Walter, Sunderland, Ontario


Dr. Garrett
Dr. Laura Garrett
Dr. McKenzie
Dr. Harold McKenzie
Dr. Sykes
Dr. Jane Sykes

Drs. Laura Garrett, Urbana, Illinois, chair, Board of Regents; Harold McKenzie, Blacksburg, Virginia, president; Jane Sykes, Davis, California, president-elect; Allen Roussel, College Station, Texas, treasurer; Jane Armstrong, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, immediate past chair; Steven Rosenthal, Towson, Maryland, Specialty of Cardiology president; Joan Coates, Columbia, Missouri, Specialty of Neurology president; Ruthanne Chun, Madison, Wisconsin, Specialty of Oncology president; Joerg Steiner, College Station, Texas, Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine president; Chris Sanchez, Gainesville, Florida, Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine president; and Linda Fineman, Bozeman, Montana, ACVIM chief executive officer