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 Excellence in Animal Welfare, Public Health, Education and Research honored at the AVMA’s Convention

​(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) August 7, 2012— Compassion, dedication, creativity and determination are the unifying traits that describe the 22 individuals and organizations honored at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Annual Convention on August 7, 2012. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people around the country and around the globe.

Individual interviews and photographs are available upon request.

This year’s award recipients are:


AVMA Award                                                            James F. Peddie, DVM


2012 Leo K. Bustad Companion               Thomas E. Catanzaro, DVM,

Animal Veterinarian of the Year               MHA, LFACHE



2012 Student AVMA Community             Vicki L. Wilke, DVM, Ph.D.,

Outreach Excellence Award                          DACVS


2012 Student AVMA Teaching                   Heather L. Wamsley, DVM,

Excellence Award                                                  Ph.D., DACVP (Clinical)


2012 AVMA Animal                                              Philip A. Bushby, DVM, MS,

Welfare Award                                                         DACVS


2012 AVMA Humane Award                         Camie R. Heleski, Ph.D.


2012 AVMF/AKC Career                                    Edward Feldman, DVM

Achievement Award in

Canine Research


2012 AVMF/Winn Feline                                  Niels Pedersen, DVM, Ph.D.

Foundation Award  


2012 Charles River Prize                                   Kathryn Bayne, MS, Ph.D., DVM, 



2012 AVMA Lifetime                                            L. Garry Adams, BS, DVM

Excellence in Research Award  


2012 Royal Canin Award                                  Randall Acker, DVM


2012 AVMA Public Service                             Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH



2012 AVMA Meritorious                                  Margery Hanfelt, Lieutenant 

Service Award                                                          Colonel, US Army Veterinary 



2012 AVMA Advocacy Award                     Senator Debbie Stabenow  


2012 XIIth International                                  Cleon V. Kimberling, BS, DVM, 

Veterinary Congress Prize                            MPH


2012 Karl F. Meyer-James                             Bruce Kaplan, DVM

H. Steele Gold Headed

Cane Award


2012 Karl F. Meyer-James                              Donald L. Noah, Colonel, USAF, 

H. Steele Gold Headed                                     BSC

Cane Award 


World Veterinary Association                    Leon Russell, DVM, MPH, Ph.D.

Honorary Membership  


2012 AVMA President’s Award                  J. Karl Wise, Ph.D., CAE


2012 AVMA President’s Award                   WVMA Residue Task Force


2012 AVMA President’s Award                 Honoring Our Soldiers – U.S. 

                                                                                              Army Veterinarians and the 

                                                                                              Military Working Dogs


2012 AVMA Award

Recognizes distinguished members of the Association who have contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in its organizational aspects.


James F. Peddie, DVM

Dr. Peddie and his wife Linda are 1965 graduates of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Jim’s career has encompassed 2 years in the United States Army; 23 years of mixed practice at Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic in Thousand Oaks, Calif.; 30 years as teacher and administrator of the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College in Moorpark, Calif.; and 14 years in specialized veterinary practice caring for animals of all species used in film and television. During his career Dr. Peddie made involvement in organized veterinary medicine a priority, working at local, state and national levels. He has served as president of the Santa Barbara Ventura VMA; Board Member and Treasurer of the California Veterinary Medical Association; and alternate delegate, delegate and treasurer of the AVMA; all for the maximum periods allowed by existing by-laws. He is currently serving as an AVMA/GHLIT Trustee and sits on the Western Veterinary Conference’s Board as treasurer.

Throughout Dr. Peddie’s career the one constant in addition to service in organized veterinary medicine has been his involvement as a mentor and educator. He has repeatedly demonstrated an enduring commitment to inform and educate about the vital contributions our profession makes to both the human and animal kingdoms. In this regard the Peddie’s have worked to monitor and shape fair and meaningful legislation and regulations for the appropriate care of exotic species including elephants. One of Dr. Peddie’s proudest professional accomplishments has been delivering without mishap four baby Asian elephants, one of whom was named “JP” in Dr. Peddie’s honor.



2012 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships.


Thomas E. Catanzaro, DVM, MHA, LFACHE

Dr. Catanzaro (known by most of the veterinary profession as Dr. Tom Cat) received his first bachelor’s degree (Animal Science, major in genetics) from Montana State University (1966). He entered the Army from Montana and learned medical administration during three infantry assignments, including Viet Nam. His DVM is from Colorado State University (1974) and his Master’s in Healthcare Administration is from Baylor University (1985). His 1991 board certification in the American College of Healthcare Executives was a first for a veterinarian; he must recertify every three years. In 1996, he was selected for Fellow. Less than 10 percent of the 30,000-plus members of the American College of Healthcare Executives are bestowed this honor. In 2012, he was awarded LIFE FELLOW, ACHE.

In 2004, the AVMA selected Dr. Catanzaro to roll out the new wellness surveillance programs for practices, the THINK TWICE FOR LIFE program, and his initial presentation content template was used for the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 presentation upgrades of the AVMA/FDAH program.

Dr. Catanzaro is well-known for his publications which have altered the veterinary practice management paradigms of this profession over the past 20 years. With 15 texts, 30-plus monographs, and over 300 periodical and proceeding publications, he has moved veterinary practice leadership and team-based healthcare delivery to the forefront of veterinary operational systems. With three of his texts being architecturally-based, Dr. Catanzaro has actively pursued facility redesign to support team-based healthcare delivery. Two books have been electronically published, “The Practice Success Prescription: Team-based Veterinary Healthcare Delivery” (March 2008) and “Promoting the Human Animal Bond in Veterinary Practice, 2nd Edition” (March 2009).



2012 Student AVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award

Student nominated award presented to a DVM that goes beyond their collegiate responsibilities within the community.


Vicki L. Wilke, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Dr. Wilke is an assistant professor in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN-CVM). She is a co-organizer and has served for over three years as the faculty advisor for the student organization called the Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health (VeTouch), which provides preventive health care for the pets of homeless and low income families. The main goals of this program are to provide services to families in need and to provide service learning opportunities for veterinary and veterinary technician students. In addition, Dr. Wilke has served as a veterinary professional on two Latin American service learning trips with UMN veterinary students through Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA), and has volunteered for Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS) spay/neuter clinics.

Dr. Wilke has also served on the AVMA Committee on the Human-Animal Bond for two years representing veterinary colleges, and is an active member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and its Small Animal Welfare Committee.



2012 Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award

Student nominated award presented to a professor that educates, inspires, and strongly impacts the students that they teach.


Heather L. Wamsley, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP (Clinical)

Dr. Wamsley is an assistant professor and the clinical pathology residency coordinator at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors in bacteriology and a DVM with honors, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology of infectious diseases from the University of Florida. Dr. Wamsley also completed a total of four years of specialty clinical training, including one year as a small animal medical and surgical intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and three years as a resident at the University of Florida, after which she was certified as an American College of Veterinary Pathologists diplomate, clinical pathology specialty.

Since 2004, Dr. Wamsley has been active in international continuing education at several annual conferences and via online distance education. She also performs outreach through volunteerism for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s public radio show, Animal Airwaves–Live, for local public schools as a judge for numerous science fairs and as a classroom speaker for elementary and middle school students.

Four classes of DVM students have selected Dr. Wamsley as Class Teacher of the Year since she became a faculty member in 2009. She was also chosen Support Services Resident of the Year by two classes of DVM students and has been recognized for scholarly activities in veterinary pathology and research. Dr. Wamsley received three University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine college-wide teaching awards in 2011: SCAVMA Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year, College Teacher of the Year, and Pfizer Distinguished Teacher of the Year.



2012 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Recognizes a veterinarian for his/her achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy.


Philip A. Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

Dr. Bushby is a board certified veterinary surgeon and the Marcia Lane endowed chair of humane ethics and animal welfare at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has been on the faculty for 34 years. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

His primary focus is taking junior and senior veterinary students to 16 animal shelters in north Mississippi to provide basic wellness care and spay neuter services for adoption-eligible animals. The service significantly increases the adoption rates of the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes students to the plight of shelter animals. His program was honored just last month to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s FolkLife Festival in Washington, DC – the largest tourist event in the country.

Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City. His primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing this problem.

Dr. Bushby serves on the boards of PetSmart Charities, Inc., Mississippi Spay and Neuter and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He is a member of the organizing committee that is currently developing the proposal for a specialty board in shelter medicine.



2012 AVMA Humane Award

Recognizes a non-veterinarian’s achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy.


Camie R. Heleski, Ph.D.

When Dr. Heleski began her Ph.D. in 2000, her main goal was to enhance her opportunities to be an advocate for equine welfare. Along the way, she and her major professor, Adroaldo Zanella, developed an initiative known as the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment competition. The first competition was held in 2002 with 18 undergraduates; last year it had grown to 84 participants and boasts strong participation by veterinary students.

Over the last decade, Dr. Heleski has been actively involved in the International Society for Equitation Science, the mission of which is to promote and encourage the application of objective research and advanced practice which will ultimately improve the welfare of horses in their associations with humans. She was in charge of hosting their conference in 2007 at Michigan State University (MSU), which was also the year they officially became a society. For the past few years, she has been an active board member and currently serves as the procedural advisor.

Dr. Heleski has been the coordinator of the Two Year Horse Management program at MSU since 1992. Each year, that program accepts approximately 20 students. This teaching/advising role has kept her heavily integrated within the North American horse industry.

More recently, she was selected as the chair of the Scientific Committee for the National Farm Animal Care Council’s (NFACC) Equine Welfare Code, Canada, also serving as the liaison to the Industry Code Committee for NFACC.

Dr. Heleski’s research relates to horse behavior, horse welfare, horse-human interaction and understanding the role of working equids in developing countries.



2012 AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research

Recognizes a candidate’s long-term contribution to the field of canine research.


Edward Feldman, DVM

Following graduation from the University of California (UC), Davis, Dr. Feldman completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and a residency with Dr. Stephen Ettinger. He was on faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan before he joined the faculty at UC Davis. Dr. Feldman has served as department chairman, on school and campus-wide personnel committees, and as chief-of-service and associate director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He was a founding member and president of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology and has been a member of the board of directors for both Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Western Veterinary Conference.

Dr. Feldman is a recipient of the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the highest teaching award in the profession. Dr Feldman’s “teaching” is also exemplified by his being co-editor, with Dr. Ettinger, of the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, often referred to as the “bible of small animal medicine.” He is also co-author of Canine and Feline Endocrinology and Reproduction. Dr. Feldman has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific studies and more than 110 scientific abstracts.

Dr. Feldman is probably best known for establishing Davis as a center for treatment and study of dogs and cats with hormonal disorders while providing compassionate care for both pets and their owners. He developed study protocols to learn from as many of these patients as possible, resulting in both publications and new information to be passed on to students and practicing veterinarians.



2012 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award

Honors a candidate’s long-term contribution to advancing feline research.


Niels Pedersen, DVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Pedersen graduated from University of California (UC), Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) in 1967 and interned in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology and Immunology from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University in 1972. He then joined the faculty of the SVM at UC Davis and is currently a distinguished professor and director of both the Center for Companion Animal Health and Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.

Dr. Pedersen was active in clinics for 17 years, specializing in infectious and immunologic diseases of dogs and cats. He taught infectious diseases, clinical immunology and feline medicine for 22 years before concentrating on various administrative, development, and research duties in the SVM.

He has 220 research publications and authored textbooks on feline husbandry and feline infectious diseases. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Zurich and Utrecht and received several awards for research on feline infectious diseases. Although he has worked on many different diseases of cats and dogs, his lifelong interest has been with feline infectious peritonitis, which continues to both excite and frustrate him with its complexities.

Dr. Pedersen’s most satisfying achievements have involved the creation of the Center for Comparative Medicine, the Center for Companion Animal Health and the Koret Shelter Medicine Program. His single most rewarding experience has been directing the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) since 1997 and using the resources of the VGL to develop a broad based and internationally recognized veterinary genetics research program.



2012 Charles River Prize

Recognizes distinguished contributions to laboratory animal science and to promote educational growth in that field.


Kathryn Bayne, MS, Ph.D., DVM, DACLAM, CAAB

Dr. Bayne is global director for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International). In this role she directs the accreditation program worldwide and travels extensively to advance AAALAC’s accreditation program and laboratory animal welfare.

Prior to this, she worked at the National Institutes of Health leading a research program on nonhuman primate psychological well-being and environmental enrichment programs for primates, dogs, cats and swine. She has published over forty articles on the subject, is a certified applied animal behaviorist and is internationally renowned for her work in laboratory animal behavior.

Dr. Bayne has held several leadership positions including service as president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and the Association of Primate Veterinarians, as well as the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association. She is past chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee and was the inaugural chair of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioner’s Animal Welfare Committee. She was the recipient of the 1993 Henry and Lois Foster Award for high score on the ACLAM certifying examination and the recipient of AALAS’s prestigious Garvey award which recognizes outstanding accomplishments relating to the humane treatment of animals used in biomedical research.

Dr. Bayne is also the 2009 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Award and Washington State University’s 2009 Excellence in Research and Teaching Award.



2012 AVMA Lifetime Excellence

Recognizes a veterinary researcher on the basis of lifetime achievement in basic, applied, or clinical research.


L. Garry Adams, BS, DVM

Dr. Adams’ research experience began 44 years ago in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University (TAMU) when he led the Rockefeller Foundation and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored research teams in Colombia, South America, developing diagnostic assays and vaccines for anaplasmosis, babesiosis and trypanosomiasis. He then returned to TAMU and taught pathology in the professional and graduate programs and continued his infectious disease research, ultimately leading the research and graduate programs as associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The research results developed by his teams have been actively implemented to improve the scientific basis of the two largest U.S. animal health regulatory programs, brucellosis and tuberculosis. He has been very active in leading the development and implementation of biodefense and emerging disease research initiatives. He served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Standing Committee for the Department of Defense Transformational Medical Technologies. He was the scientific leader for the Biological Systems Division of the Department of Homeland Security, National Center for Foreign Animal Disease and Zoonotic Disease Defense, served on the AVMA Council on Research, is a commissioner on the Texas Forensic Science Commission, and currently serves on the AVMA Council on Education.

Dr. Adams’ research is focused on the host-pathogen interface, genetic basis of natural disease resistance, molecular pathogenesis of intracellular bacterial pathogens and the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests against zoonotic diseases. He has authored or co-authored more than 235 original scientific publications in refereed journals, chaired or co-chaired 54 doctor of philosophy graduate students’ advisory committees and served as member on 78 graduate student advisory committees. His laboratory has ongoing research on salmonellosis, brucellosis, Johne’s Disease, Rift Valley Fever and African Swine Fever.



2012 Royal Canin Award

Recognizes a veterinarian whose work (within the preceding five years) in either clinical research or the basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of the field.


Randall Acker, DVM

After graduation from Colorado State University in 1979, Dr. Acker moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, to start a career with the Sun Valley Animal Center. His focus has been in canine surgery, with a particular emphasis on canine orthopedics. By attending courses over the years, he has obtained skills to achieve excellence in orthopedic surgeries. Courses attended include cruciate ligament repair, (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy [TPLO], Tibial Tuberosity Advancement [TTA] and others), hip replacement (Biomedtrix, Kyon, Micro and Nano Hip Systems), bone plating, arthroscopy, external fixation and many others. He has been the instructor for Kyon hip, and TATE elbow courses.

Dr. Acker’s interest in orthopedics has led him to two patents, invitations to lecture worldwide and the development of the TATE Elbow. The elbow was developed and named after his yellow lab, Tate, who suffered from severe elbow arthritis.

Dr. Acker’s family comprises two DVM brothers and two DVM daughters, making his practice a family business.



2012 AVMA Public Service Award

Recognizes an AVMA member veterinarian for long terms of outstanding public service or unusual contributions to the practice or science of public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.


Russell W. Currier, DVM, MPH

After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1967, Dr. Currier entered large animal practice with Algiers Veterinary Service, Hartford, Wis., and decided to pursue a career in public health. Following graduate school, he secured an appointment to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service, working on a range of diseases including rabies, foodborne illness, hepatitis A, measles, and turkey-associated psittacosis.

He accepted the position of Iowa State Public Health Veterinarian in 1975 and worked on a wide range of human health and zoonotic disease problems, including trichinosis, West Nile virus, brucellosis and foodborne illnesses. In addition, he initiated the first surveillance project on injury in farm workers, demonstrating the prominence of injury in agricultural settings.

In particular, Dr. Currier distinguished himself by assisting with episodes of head lice in schools and scabies in hospitals and long-term care facilities. In one scabies episode, he successfully managed a large problem in hospital employees, index patient and several other contacts prompting nomination for Iowa State Employee of the Month Award that was subsequently conferred by the governor.

In other public health activities, Dr. Currier has served as president of the Iowa Public Health Association, National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Iowa Rural Health Association, SERTOMA civic service club, and as executive vice president of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. In a dual career, he is a retired office of US Army Reserve Veterinary Corps and received the Legion of Merit medal shortly before retirement. Dr. Currier is currently president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society.



2012 AVMA Meritorious Service Award

Recognizes an individual veterinarian who has brought public honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional, or community service activities that are conducted outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine or research.


Margery Hanfelt, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Veterinary Corps

LTC Margery (Maggie) Hanfelt was raised in Gunnison, Colo. She received her DVM from Colorado State University, an MS in Food Science from Kansas State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. After six years of rural mixed animal practice in Wyoming and Nebraska, she was commissioned into the US Army Veterinary Corps, where she holds the military Area of Concentration of Veterinary Preventive Medicine with a skill identifier of instructor.

LTC Hanfelt’s latest military assignment was as commander, Public Health Command District-Japan. This summer she assumes command of the 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service) at Fort Benning, Ga.

It was during her tenure as commander, Public Health Command District-Japan (PHCD-Japan) that Japan experienced the historic 2011 disasters of a 9.0M earthquake and tsunami, followed by the second worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. It was her unit that provided the on-site U.S. military veterinary service support for U.S. Forces Japan and coordinated with U.S. and Japanese government agencies on veterinary service related activities and public messages. The efforts of PHCD-Japan resulted in the unit receiving the Army Superior Unit Award.

LTC Hanfelt’s memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Food Safety Veterinarians, the latter for which she serves on the executive board.

LTC Hanfelt is a co-author of published papers in Environmental Microbiology, Applied Environmental Microbiology, Mammology and the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Journal.



2012 AVMA Advocacy Award

Recognizes an individual for his/her contribution to advance the AVMA’s Legislative Agenda and advocate on behalf of the veterinary profession.


Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Stabenow was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996, representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District. In 2000, she made history when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.

Senator Stabenow is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. She is the champion of the Veterinary Services Investment Act and supports the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, both of which bolster veterinary services in areas of the country recognized as having great need. She keenly understands the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal health and welfare, food safety and security, as well as international health certification and trade. Also, she supports policies that give veterinarians the tools they need to carry out their critical roles in disease surveillance, detection and eradication.

Her extraordinary leadership of the Agriculture Committee ensures that our country will continue to lead the world in the production of safe and affordable food, that there are new and ample resources to advance food and agricultural research, and that our nation’s animal health and welfare programs remain strong.



2012 XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize

Recognizes outstanding service by a member of the Association who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine.


Cleon V. Kimberling, BS, DVM, MPH

Dr. Kimberling grew up with a menagerie of animals on a farm during the depression and in the center of the historic dust bowl in Chase County, Neb. At a very early age, he experienced an outbreak of encephalomyelitis in draft horses and watched the local veterinarian care for these sick animals; then experienced the loss of a swine herd due to hog cholera. As a youth, there were encounters with nursing the sick, assisting the newborn and the weak. These experiences inspired him to enter a profession in which he could help people by preventing disease and help in raising healthy animals.

Dr. Kimberling’s education at Colorado State University (CSU) and the University of Minnesota equipped him with the tools to improve people’s lives throughout the world by helping them manage their animals for healthy production. His love for helping others started with his first job as an assistant extension agent in Prowers County. He then returned to CSU to pursue a carrier in veterinary medicine.

During his professional career, opportunities developed to follow his passion of improving the lives of people in developing countries through raising healthy livestock. His journeys have taken him from Siberia and former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) to the Alta Plana of Peru, from the East African nations to Baltic nations and the nations of the former Yugoslavia to improve livestock health.



2012 Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award (two awards)

Recognizes the achievement of an individual concerned with animal health who has significantly advanced human health through the practice of veterinary epidemiology and public health.


Bruce Kaplan, DVM

Dr. Kaplan, a retired veterinarian, received his DVM from Auburn University (1963). He then became an epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1963-65). He went on to practice small animal veterinary medicine in Louisville, Ky. (1965-87), where he wrote a pet care column for the Louisville Courier-Journal and published several scientific articles on canine and feline medicine/surgery in veterinary medical journals.

Dr. Kaplan worked as a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service regional public affairs specialist in California and staff officer at the Office of Public Health and Science in Washington, D.C. (1994-98). As an editor/writer/public affairs consultant in Sarasota, Fla., his current home, he wrote a pet care column for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, now Tampa Bay Times (1999-2001). He has co-authored two food safety chapters in American Society of Microbiology books and a food safety column for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Kaplan, a recognized One Health leader, currently devotes his time to promoting One Health as a member of the autonomous pro bono One Health Initiative team (two physicians, two veterinarians, one research scientist) co-writing numerous professional publications and book chapters. He is primary content manager for the One Health Initiative website (, contributing editor on the editorial board of the One Health Newsletter ( and serves on Veterinaria Italiana Journal’s Scientific Advisory Board ( and the Infection, Ecology & Epidemiology Journal’s (Sweden) Editorial Advisory Board (

Listed in 2011 and 2012 Marquis Who’s Who in America, Dr. Kaplan’s awards include the AVMA’s Practitioner Research Award and USDA’s Group Honor Award for Excellence and an Honorary Diploma from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society.


Donald L. Noah, Colonel, USAF, BSC

Colonel Noah is the deputy commander of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He received his bachelor’s and veterinary medical degrees from the Ohio State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a USDA-certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician.

Previous positions have included deputy assistant secretary of defense, deputy assistant secretary within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Southern Command’s deputy command surgeon, Department of Defense liaison to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency and public health officer at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

In addition to his academic and military experiences, Dr. Noah practiced in a large animal (predominantly dairy and swine) private practice in Ohio with his father for three years. In addition to numerous military awards and decorations, his significant achievements include the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1996 Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Federal Veterinarian of the Year Award, the 1996 US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, and the 1995 Republic of Zaire’s Brevet de Participation for his efforts in the control of the Ebola outbreak.



World Veterinary Association Honorary Membership


Leon Russell, DVM, MPH, Ph.D.

Dr. Russell received his DVM degree from the University of Missouri, his Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University.

He was invited to join the faculty at Texas A&M to start an epidemiology course for veterinary students and has been there ever since, now as a professor in several disciplines. Dr. Russell has dedicated his life to teaching and researching important issues in public health, epidemiology, medical mycology zoonotic diseases – in particular rabies – and food toxicology. As an internationally recognized expert in public health, he has traveled the globe listening to and working with colleagues to preserve and advance the role of veterinarians in protecting animal, public and environmental health.

Throughout his career, Dr. Russell has been active in local, national and international organized veterinary medicine.

In 1984, Dr. Russell was elected president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and, in 1993, president of AVMA. He became one of the two North American councilors to the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and served on the WVA Veterinary Education Committee.

In 2002, Dr. Russell was elected to serve as WVA vice-president and in 2005 he became the first American veterinarian elected president of the WVA. As president, he paid special attention to promoting increased WVA participation with other international organizations such as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. In the past year, he has remained an integral member of the WVA Executive Committee during his tenure as immediate past president



2012 AVMA President’s Award (three awards)

Recognizes individuals and groups inside and outside veterinary medicine who have made a positive impact on animal, human or public health, veterinary organizations and the profession.


J. Karl Wise, Ph.D., CAE

Dr. Wise is the Associate Executive Vice President of the AVMA. Serving in this position since 2004, Dr. Wise has provided strategic planning coordination and support to the CEO, Executive Board and House of Delegates and staffed numerous committees. He was primary staff to the Strategic Planning Committee, 20/20 Vision Commission, and Economic Vision Steering Committee. Dr. Wise currently serves as primary support to the new Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee. He is the Liaison-Trustee to the GHLIT and PLIT, and also holds interim positions as chief financial officer and Economics Director of AVMA.

Since joining AVMA in 1977, Dr. Wise has held several key positions and advanced many current association programs. As staff economist for AVMA in the early 1980’s, he established AVMA’s economics survey program including the Biennial Economic Survey, Annual Survey of Veterinary College Graduates, and U.S. Household Pet Ownership Survey. Dr. Wise authored numerous JAVMA reports and was principal investigator or manager of many economic studies. As director of information management in the 1990’s, he led AVMA’s growing information management programs, providing support to Veterinary Informatics and Standards Committees, developing and marketing the AVMA website (, and NOAH (Network of Animal Health). As director of Membership and Field Services (1999-2004), Dr. Wise fostered important programs including improved records management, the online Veterinary Career Center, and student chapter relations and programs.

Dr. Wise earned his master’s degree in economics and Ph.D. degree in agricultural/resource economics from Pennsylvania State University. He holds the Certified Association Executive designation and is a long-time member of the Association Forum and the American Society of Association Executives.


WVMA Residue Task Force

In 2009, the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) learned Wisconsin was leading the nation in drug tissue residues in dairy beef. From there, a taskforce of WVMA members was formed to learn more and collect information. Although some industry stakeholders called for increased regulation, the WVMA felt a non-regulatory solution was more appropriate. Leading on this issue and seeing its potential, WVMA asked the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin to join in on educational outreach for both producers and veterinarians on Wisconsin’s top ranking in residues. In its third phase, this educational outreach has developed into the WVMA Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for Proper Drug Use, a six-step plan addressing not only food safety, but long-term proper drug use on dairies and which identifies risks and institutes control methods.

The WVMA’s HACCP For Proper Drug Use six steps are:

• Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) –identifying the VCPR team

• Drug List – finding all drugs used and how they are used

• Protocols – developing protocols based on the farm and skill sets of employees

• SOPs – developing SOPs based on the farm and skill sets of employees

• Records – defining what needs to be recorded

• Oversight – veterinary oversight to evaluate drug use, protocol/SOPs drift, and management/economic information.

This process is an effective and achievable way to address food safety and ultimately proper drug use.

The Wisconsin VMA’s efforts have changed minds and behaviors and, as a result, have seen a significant reduction in dairy tissue residues.


Honoring Our Soldiers – U.S. Army Veterinarians and the Military Working Dogs

In austere combat areas, the hard working men and women of the United States Army Veterinary Corps provide an unmatched service to some of our nation’s lesser known heroes: the military working dogs (MWDs). General David H. Petraeus summed it up well when he was asked about MWDs, “The capability they (military working dogs) bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine. By all measures of performance, their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory. Our army (and military) would be remiss if we failed to invest more in this incredibly valuable resource.”

The U.S. Army Veterinary Services are on the front line of providing emergency care when these four-legged warriors are injured. The ability of our Armed Services to medically evacuate injured personnel, whether human or canine, and provide life-saving interventions for both in a competent, compassionate and timely manner is unmatched.

After more than ten years of war, the Veterinary Corps officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers deployed to these areas have been called upon repeatedly and have faced these challenges admirably. This recognition is based on the work the Veterinary Corps performs daily proving time after time that the team is mastery oriented and competency based in accomplishment of its mission. The lives saved and the comfort given is shown daily by these intrepid Service men and women, and this acknowledgement is well-deserved. Around the world, your service to our country has saved many lives whether, soldier, sailor, airman, marine, coast guardsman, civilian or military working dog.

For more information, please visit the AVMA web site at

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