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(CHICAGO, Ill.) July 18, 2013—Compassion, dedication, creativity and determination are the unifying traits that describe the 18 individuals and organizations honored at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA)Annual Convention, July 19-23, 2013 in Chicago, Ill. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe.

Individual interviews and photographs are available upon request.

This year’s award recipients are:

AVMA Award                                  James Brandt, DVM

2013 Leo K. Bustad Companion     Benjamin Hart, DVM, Ph.D.

Animal Veterinarian of the Year


2013 AVMA Animal                         Leslie D. Appel, DVM

Welfare Award

2013 AVMA Humane Award          Mark Tinsman

2013 AVMF/AKC Career                Kenneth W. Simpson, BVM&S, Ph.D.,

Achievement Award in                     DipACVIM, DipECVIM-CA

Canine Research

2013 AVMF/Winn Feline                 William Murphy, Ph.D.

Foundation Award

2013 AVMA Lifetime                       Gustavo Aguirre, DVM, Ph.D.

Excellence in Research Award

2013 Inaugural William F.                                       Elizabeth Ormerod, BVMS,

McCulloch Award for Excellence                           MRCVS, FRSA

in HAI Practice or Education

2013 Distinguished Scholar Award                         Harold Herzog, Ph.D.

2013 AVMA Public Service                                     Millicent Eidson, MA, DVM,

Award                                                                        DACVPM

2013 AVMA Meritorious                                         Cathy King, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Service Award

2013 AVMA Advocacy Award                                U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

2013 XIIth International                                          Corrie Brown, DVM, Ph.D.,

Veterinary Congress Prize                                       DACVP

2013 Karl F. Meyer-James                                       Yoshihiro Ozawa, DVM, Ph.D.

H. Steele Gold Headed

Cane Award

2013 Karl F. Meyer-James                                       William McCulloch, DVM, MPH

H. Steele Gold Headed

Cane Award

2013 AVMA President’s Award                              Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP

2013 AVMA President’s Award                              Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS

2013 AVMA President’s Award                              American Association of Equine Practitioners

2013 AVMA Award

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


James Brandt, DVM

Dr. James H. Brandt received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1964. He has been involved in organized veterinary medicine his entire career and has served his profession with honesty and dedication for 50 years. He held all offices of his local association and was president in 1972. He represented District 7 of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) from 1981–1989 serving on numerous committees and was elected president in 1990. He was the primary founder in the establishment of the Florida Veterinary Medical Foundation in 2000. He served on the FVMA Fiscal Advisory Committee until 2005. Dr. Brandt was honored as the Florida Veterinarian of the Year in 1993, and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003.  He received Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 from Oklahoma State University.

He served in the AVMA House of Delegates representing Florida from 1990– 2000. He was elected and served as president of the AVMA in 2001 and, with the dedication of many veterinarians, helped guide the AVMA through the aftermath of the horrendous terrorist attack on our country on September 11, 2001. He proposed and was instrumental in the AVMA building beautification. He worked tirelessly to assist the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) in their charge to raise the economic level of the profession. He was elected trustee to the Group Health and Life Insurance Trust (GHLIT) in 2005 and today continues to work for an acceptable source of health insurance for the members of the AVMA.

Dr. Brandt is equally active in his community. He served as president of the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club, a director of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Sunnyland Boy Scouts of America and as vestryman and senior warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He helped found two community banks and has served as a bank director since 1977. He served on the Venice Hospital Board for nine years and is a founding director of The Venice Foundation. He has participated in many welfare events with local animal welfare groups and humane societies.

2013 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

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


Benjamin Hart, DVM, Ph.D.

Benjamin Hart, after completing his DVM and a Ph.D. in animal behavior and neurology at the University of Minnesota, joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California at Davis in 1964. Soon after arriving at UC Davis, he developed the first course in veterinary behavior and then launched the first clinical behavior service in the teaching hospital. Starting in the early 1970s, and continuing for his entire career, he published a long string of papers on clinically relevant aspects of companion animal behavior as well as basic animal behavior. Dr. Hart has 200 research publications, book chapters and books. While Dr. Hart is now retired from UC Davis as distinguished professor emeritus, he maintains an active research, writing and teaching schedule.

Dr. Hart has long emphasized the connection between companion animal behavior and the human-animal bond – resolving a problem behavior, or preventing it, is important in supporting the human-animal bond. As the area of human-animal interactions has evolved over the years, Dr. Hart has acquired a commitment to helping pet owners in being active decision makers, with their veterinarian’s guidance, regarding the age for spay and neuter in the long-term health of their canine family member. The first contribution in this area is a study he led on golden retrievers, published this year in the online journal, PLOS ONE.

Dr. Hart is a founding diplomate and past president of the board-certifying American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has mentored many on the current roster of ACVB diplomates. The clinical research program carried out in the behavior residency training program at UC Davis has resulted in more clinical animal behavior research publications than any other center.

Along with his passion for clinical animal behavior, Dr. Hart was always interested in behavioral defenses that wild animals use to protect themselves from parasites and pathogens. Much of this work is reviewed in his recent invited paper in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society entitled, “Behavioural defenses against pathogens and parasites: parallels with the pillars of medicine in humans.”

In this paper Dr. Hart lays out the basis for his hypothesis that humans get sick more often than animals (with the ordinary infectious diseases). For his work in basic animal behavior, Dr. Hart was elected as a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society.



2013 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.


Leslie D. Appel, DVM

Dr. Leslie D. Appel is the founder and executive director of Shelter Outreach Services (SOS).  SOS is a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN) program dedicated to decreasing the companion animal overpopulation problem in the Finger Lakes area of New York state. Since program inception in 2003, over 82,000 animals have been sterilized through the SOS program. Dr. Appel is also a courtesy lecturer at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Cornell veterinary students rotate through SOS every week, in order to gain more hands-on surgical experience as well as first-hand experience in HQHVSN and shelter medicine.

Dr. Appel is also the founder of the annual Shelter Medicine Conference that is held at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine every summer. This conference, sponsored in part by the ASPCA, is in the tenth year and Dr. Appel now serves on the Conference Planning Committee for this event.

Prior to her current positions, Dr. Appel was a staff member at the ASPCA, where she was the director of shelter veterinary outreach. In this position, she represented the ASPCA with regard to spay/neuter issues as well as other shelter medicine topics. While at the ASPCA, she received the ASPCA’s Angel Award in recognition for her contribution to animal welfare.

Before joining the ASPCA, Dr. Appel was a full-time faculty member at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as an instructor in small animal surgery. She enhanced Cornell’s shelter medicine program by teaching the students spay and neuter surgical techniques utilizing animals from local shelters. During her tenure at Cornell, Dr. Appel also started the Cornell Animal Sterilization Assistance Program (C-ASAP), and was the director of Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program. While at Cornell, she received the Public Service Center Faculty Recognition Award, and the Katherine Cole Cortland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) award.

As a frequent speaker at local, regional and national conferences, she lectures on the topics of pediatric spay/neuter; high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter; as well as other shelter medicine topics. Dr. Appel authored the surgery chapter in the first textbook of shelter medicine, “Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff,” as well as the Canine Parvovirus and Coronavirus Chapter in “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters.”  Her updated surgery chapter focusing on pediatric spay/neuter is published in the second edition of “Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff.”

Dr. Appel is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has previously served on the AVMA's Animal Welfare Committee and on the ASV's Board of Directors.

Dr. Appel lives in Ithaca, N.Y. with her husband, Keith, their two compassionate children, Bailey and Boden, their beloved dog, BeeBee, and their treasured cat, Pip.



2013 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.


Mark Tinsman

Born in a rural farming community in Virginia, as a preacher’s kid, Mark Tinsman spent much of his first five years on the farms of family friends, so from an early age interacting with animals was part of his life experience. His first family pet was an adopted barn cat that lived nearly 21 years. After moving from Virginia and settling in Delaware, his first dog entered and shared his life. For most of his years, he has shared his home with dogs (and humans, of course) for the enrichment and companionship that they provide.

For a majority of the 28 years he spent as a Red Cross volunteer or employee, Tinsman developed an appreciation for the importance of household pets in the lives of disaster victims. After joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a mass care specialist in 2006, one of his primary roles has been facilitating household pet and service animal coordination and support issues.

He has worked with organizations such as the AVMA, North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP), and numerous federal partners to develop and promote humane options for disaster survivors and their pets to evacuate and shelter before or following a disaster. Given years of interaction with animals, the opportunity to combine a passion for animal welfare and disaster relief activities together has been a unique experience. Whether working with partners on planning activities or deployed to the field following a disaster, the chance to assist people and their pets has made his work life all the more satisfying.



2013 AVMF/AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research

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


Kenneth W. Simpson, BVM&S, Ph.D., DipACVIM, DipECVIM-CA

Kenneth W. Simpson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1984, and gained a Ph.D. in gastroenterology at the University of Leicester in 1988. He completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and a medicine residency at The Ohio State University in 1991. He returned to the U.K. as a lecturer at the other Royal Veterinary College and subsequently joined the faculty at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. in 1995.

He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a past-president of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society and a recipient of the National Phi Zeta and Pfizer awards for research, and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Bourgelat Award for outstanding contributions to the field of small animal practice. His research interests are centered below the diaphragm, with a focus on inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (including the pancreas and liver), host bacterial interactions in health and disease, and culture independent bacteriology.



2013 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award

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


William Murphy, Ph.D.

William Murphy received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 1997 from Tulsa University, and completed his postdoctoral work at the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Institute. He worked as a senior scientist at National Institutes of Health (NIH) before joining Texas A&M University in 2004.

His research focuses on two broad yet complementary themes: mammalian phylogenetics and conservation genetics, specifically seeking to catalogue the extent of living mammalian biodiversity on Earth, and interpret patterns of correlated genetic and environmental changes that contribute to diversification and extinction of populations and species; and Mammalian comparative genomics, specifically focusing on mapping and annotating the domestic cat genome, towards identifying genes as models of human disorders as well as those relating to species adaptation and reproductive isolation.

Dr. Murphy has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and volumes, including many in Science and Nature. His lab has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Morris Animal Foundation, Cat Health Network, Winn Feline Foundation, American Kennel Club – Canine Health Foundation, and The Snow Leopard Conservancy.



2013 AVMA Lifetime Excellence Research Award

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


Gustavo Aguirre, DVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Gustavo D. Aguirre is professor of medical genetics and ophthalmology at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his undergraduate, veterinary, and doctoral degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a residency in ophthalmology in the School of Veterinary Medicine before serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Aguirre joined the faculty at Penn in 1973, where he rose to hold joint professorial appointments in the veterinary and medical schools. From 1992–2004, he was at the James A. Baker Institute of Cornell University as the Caspary professor of ophthalmology. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Dr. Aguirre has received numerous awards including an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the faculty of mathematics and natural sciences, University of Göteborg, Sweden; the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)/Waltham International Award for Scientific Achievement; The Foundation Fighting Blindness Trustee Award; Scientist of the Year; Heart Sight Miami/Foundation Fighting Blindness Award; The O.N.C.E. International Prize for R&D in Biomedicine and New Technologies for the Blind; the International Prize in Canine Health; and he was a co-recipient of the Paul Kayser International Award in Retina Research. He is an elected fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies.



2013 Inaugural William F. McCulloch Award for Excellence in HAI Practice or Education

Acknowledges outstanding achievements of practitioners and educators in the field of human-animal relations.


Elizabeth Ormerod, BVMS, MRCVS, FRSA

Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod is a Scottish veterinary surgeon with 37 years of experience in companion animal practice. She became attuned to the importance of the human-animal bond (HAB) in 1975 while managing the University of Glasgow’s inner city charity clinic. In 1984 she and her husband, a veterinary pathologist, purchased a companion animal practice. Strategies were developed to assess, support and strengthen clients’ human-animal bonds, creating a bond-centered practice.

As a Churchill Fellow and during subsequent study trips, Dr. Ormerod has had opportunities to visit outstanding Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) programs in the United States, Europe and Japan. Working with colleagues from the other health and social care professions, she has introduced AAI programs to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and prisons.

Dr. Ormerod is co-founder of Canine Partners, the U.K. assistance-dog program, is a visiting lecturer on the HAB at U.K. veterinary schools and is a trainer on AAI courses offered by the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS). She is the current chairman of the SCAS (www.scas.org.uk), an international, interdisciplinary HAB membership organization, the first of its kind to be established in the world and the largest outside North America.



2013 Distinguished Scholar Award

Recognizes a corpus of published work (books, journal articles, and/or book chapters) that is judged to have made a particularly significant or scholarly contribution to our understanding of human-animal interactions and relationships


Harold Herzog, Ph.D.

Dr. Harold Herzog received a B.S. in psychology from the American University of Beirut and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Originally trained in animal behavior, his ethological studies ranged from investigations of personalities in snakes to the vocal communication system of alligators. For the past 25 years, his research has focused on human-animal interactions. These have included studies of the psychology of animal activists, the moral thinking of cockfighters, gender differences in attitudes towards animals, the decision-making processes of animal care and use committees, and factors that fuel rapid shifts in dog breed popularity. His articles have appeared in journals such as Science, the American Psychologist, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Anthrozoös, Society and Animals, Animal Behavior, the American Scholar, and Biology Letters.  He serves on the editorial boards of Society and Animals and Ethics and Behavior, and is associate editor of Anthrozoös.  His book “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals” (Harper) has been translated into nine languages, and he writes a blog on human-animal interactions (“Animals and Us”) for Psychology Today magazine.

An award-winning teacher, he is professor of psychology at Western Carolina University. He lives in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Mary Jean, and their cat, Tilly.



2013 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.


Millicent Eidson, MA, DVM, DACVPM

Dr. Millicent Eidson is a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), serving as a co-lead on climate change and health. She is also associate professor and associate chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University at Albany School of Public Health.

Her broad perspective on One Health began with a focus on social psychology, followed by her 1983 DVM degree from Colorado State University. As a veterinary student, she explored public health through a Giardia study and a birth defects externship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the National Cancer Institute, she participated in cancer research and characterized mortality risks from tornadoes. In 1985 she joined the New Mexico Health Department as its environmental epidemiologist, and became state public health veterinarian in 1986. She conducted studies on feline plague, food and water-borne diseases, and lead contamination. Her proudest accomplishment was the first investigation associating l-tryptophan consumption with a new disease, eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, leading to an FDA ban.

After joining NYSDOH in 1997, she established the first dead bird reporting system as an early indicator of human risk to West Nile virus. Her leadership with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, the Epidemiology Specialty of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians has rewarded her with opportunities to work collaboratively on One Health issues with public health and regulatory veterinarians in local, state, federal, academic, and non-governmental organizations.





2013 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.


Cathy King, DVM, MS, Ph.D.

Dr. Cathy King is the chief executive officer and founder of World Vets, an international veterinary aid organization. She grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho where she completed her B.S. in veterinary science. She is a 1997 graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and also completed a M.S. in animal science and Ph.D. in animal physiology from the University of Idaho, having completed her second doctorate by the age of 25.

Before starting World Vets, she was a mixed animal practitioner for seven years and then started Hometown Animal Hospital, a progressive small animal hospital located in Deer Park, Wash. She sold her practice in 2008 to provide full time leadership for World Vets.

The organization currently provides veterinary aid in 36 developing countries worldwide with programs focused on small animals, horses, livestock and public health.  World Vets is the veterinary NGO that provides civilian veterinarians for U.S. military humanitarian aid missions (Pacific Partnership and Continuing Promise) each year and also provides international disaster relief services.

World Vets runs an International Veterinary Medicine Program geared toward veterinary and technician students and also runs the Latin America Veterinary Training Center, which is a year-round clinic in Nicaragua that provides surgical and anesthesia training programs for veterinarians and upper level veterinary students from all over Central and South America.

Over 900 veterinarians volunteer with World Vets, which deploys a veterinary team nearly every week of the year to locations worldwide.



2013 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.


U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader

From the first day U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), a veterinarian, won election to Congress in 2008, he has shown himself to be a diligent and conscientious lawmaker who steadfastly works to advance policies and initiatives beneficial for the veterinary profession, food safety and animal health and welfare. Rep. Schrader is a reliable and trusted resource for fellow lawmakers who seek his counsel on issues concerning veterinary medicine and small business management.

In March, Congressman Schrader introduced the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act, which would make the Veterinary Medicine Loan Prepayment Program tax exempt. In April, Rep. Schrader introduced the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which would allow veterinarians to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice without a separate registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rep. Schrader has also cosponsored the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act and the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2013, two of AVMA’s high-priority bills for animal welfare.

Rep. Schrader’s persistent work and political acumen has helped to ensure that key provisions of importance to the veterinary profession were included in the House version of the Farm Bill during the last congressional session. Among these provisions is the establishment of a competitive veterinary services grant program to develop, implement, and sustain veterinary services. Those efforts during the last session continue in the current Congress.

Rep. Schrader is a member of the House Agriculture Committee where he is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. He also sits on the House Small Business Committee. Along with fellow veterinarian U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Rep. Schrader is a founding member of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus.



2013 XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize

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


Corrie Brown, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP

Corrie Brown received her Bachelor of Science in animal behavior from McGill University and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.  She completed a combined residency/Ph.D. in comparative pathology at the University of California at Davis.

She was an assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University briefly before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Plum Island, where, as head of the Pathology Section, she specialized in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of transboundary animal diseases. In 1996, she joined the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine as professor of veterinary pathology.

In 2003, she was honored with the university’s highest teaching award, being named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. Brown has worked internationally in building animal health infrastructure and diagnostics for more than 25 years. She has conducted workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques in 30 countries. Dr. Brown has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health and has received numerous awards for her efforts. She is happiest when working on animal health issues with veterinarians in a developing-country setting.



2013 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.


Yoshihiro Ozawa, DVM, Ph.D.

Dr. Yoshihori Ozawa graduated with his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Tokyo in 1954, following that with his M.S. from Colorado State University in 1957 and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1959. Throughout his career, he has spent almost all of his time in the international community with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the Japan National Institute of Health working for the prevention and management of high impact animal diseases.

For example, he spent nine years (1962–1972) working on a tissue culture-based vaccine for African Horse Sickness. This resulted in the eradication of the disease in the Near East and in most Mediterranean countries. His most recent achievement and the most important of his career is his role in the eradication of Rinderpest in the world, a joint campaign of the FAO and OIE, which was announced by OIE in 2011.

Dr. Ozawa has been a prolific scientific writer for his entire career, with over 200 publications in print including three books. “Highly Infectious Diseases of Animals” came out in 1996 followed by “International Veterinary Medicine” in 2006. His most recent book is entitled “Exotic Diseases of Animals,” which came out in 2011.

Dr. Ozawa has received many distinguished awards and recognition throughout his career. For example, he received the FAO Medal for Global Eradication of Rinderpest in 2011. He was named an Honorary Diplomate of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society in 1988.



William McCulloch, DVM, MPH

After two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and one year in a private small animal practice, Dr. William McCulloch developed a penchant for more knowledge in a quest to better understand the dynamics of the human-animal interface. It was only logical for him to complete a master’s in Public Health in 1960 as a Public Health Service extern at the University of Minnesota. This experience piqued his interest in zoonotic diseases. For the nearly 30 years, he conducted significant research on many zoonoses such as leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, ringworm and giardiasis leading to influential publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Medical Education, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Applied Microbiology and others. He developed the first course on zoonotic diseases ever taught in a college of pharmacy. In addition, he consulted extensively for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in South America and the Caribbean basin. He is co-author/editor of “Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Man” published in 1975, one of the only texts of its kind in the world at the time. Dr. McCulloch has over 100 scientific publications to his credit, including chapters in three books.

Dr. McCulloch has always been a team player, an agent for healthy change, and always ready to donate his time and expertise to help advance organized veterinary medicine. For example, he chaired the AVMA Continuing Education Advisory Committee from 1968 to 1978. Under his rein, the AVMA Executive Board created the first full-time position overseeing continuing education for the AVMA and also approved this historic addition to the Veterinarian’s Oath in 1969: “I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”

Dr. McCulloch was the chair and/or an active member of the AVMA Council on Education, 1976 to 1984. As president of the Association of Teachers of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, he organized a PAHO workshop to develop the first competency-based curriculum in veterinary public health in 1973. In 1974, he created the first urban-based veterinary extension position at the University of Missouri for the purpose of advancing the field of animal control and a better understanding of the human/animal interface. In 1976, he brought the Texas A&M colleges of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine together to host the first ever Symposium on Ethics and History of Medicine, Veterinary and Human. This early One Health endeavor is further evidence of how Dr. McCulloch always seemed to be decades ahead of his contemporaries. In the same vein, he became the first director of the newly created Institute of Comparative Medicine in 1974, a collaborative effort with Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine as partners. He also served as a professor of environmental health at the University of Texas School of Public Health and a professor of microbiology at the Baylor College of Medicine.

As science and field research projects began winding down later in his career, Dr. McCulloch began exploring his passion to better understand the complexities of human-animal relationships and how they can lead to better physical and mental health for people. He teamed up with his brother Michael, a leading psychiatrist, and Dr. Leo Bustad, a well-known visionary in veterinary medicine. Dr. McCulloch discovered early on that very little was published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature on this subject.  Working closely with his brother and colleagues, the Delta Foundation was formed (later renamed the Delta Society) in 1977. Four years later, Dr. McCulloch led the way to initiating the AVMA’s Human-Animal Bond Task Force and became its founding chair.  He worked behind the scenes with the Delta Society to help pass the Housing and Urban Rural Recovery Act of 1983. This legislation set the stage for promoting the therapeutic significance of pets. The rest is history. The collective impact of the Delta Society and other organizations with similar missions is enormous. Truly, Dr. McCulloch will go down in history as having helped to birth the vital concept we now refer to as the human-animal bond. His pioneering work has led to improved quality of life for millions of people all over the world.

At a time in his career when most folks are slowing down, Dr. McCulloch accepted the position of associate dean for medical programs at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1987 to 1989, he worked to improve curricula and student programs. In 1990 he became administrative director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center of Oregon where he helped nurture a complex joint research program involving two hospitals and Oregon Health and Sciences University. In 1997, he became development director of the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, a non-profit group in Portland, Ore. that is heavily involved in promoting animal-assisted therapy and more. While in this position, the hospital received a $7.6 million bequest.

2013 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.


Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP

The award states: "In recognition of his outstanding contribution of time, wisdom and leadership as Chair of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee and the Workforce Advisory Group, 2012- 2013."

Dr. Link Welborn is the owner of four American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited small animal hospitals in Tampa, Fla. and is a past president of AAHA. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in canine and feline practice, he earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine with honors from the University of Florida in 1982.

Dr. Welborn has served in numerous leadership roles with AAHA and AVMA.

These include serving as chairman of the AAHA task forces that produced the most recent major enhancements and revisions to the Standards of Accreditation for primary care small animal practices; the first Standards of Accreditation for small animal specialty practices; and the 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines.

Dr. Welborn was also a member of the AAHA/AVMA Task Force that developed the Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for the Partners for Healthy Pets initiative.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI), is currently a member of Veterinary Management Group 1, and is the vice president and chairman of the Strategic Opportunities Committee of Veterinary Study Groups.

He is the AAHA Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and the chair of the AVMA Economics Strategy Committee and chaired the AVMA Workforce Advisory Group, which was responsible for the 2013 Veterinary Workforce Study.

Dr. Welborn has received the AAHA Practitioner of the Year Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award, and Florida Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award.



Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS

The award states: "For recognizing the value of our heritage and, in our sesquicentennial year, helping us to better understand and preserve our past and the people whose contributions built the veterinary profession."

Dr. Donald F. Smith earned his DVM with distinction from the University of Guelph and completed a large animal residency at the University of Pennsylvania. His early career focused on food animal and equine surgery at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Returning to Cornell as department chair and associate dean in 1987, he led the development of the new veterinary curriculum now in its 21st year.

As dean (1997-2007), Dr. Smith repositioned Cornell as the premier veterinary college in the country and as the academic medical center on the Cornell campus. He established academic priorities in cancer biology and oncology, genomics and medical genetics, and pathogenic bacteriology, and reconfigured the departmental structure to align with 21st century medicine. It was the most substantial departmental reconfiguration in the history of the college. Extramural research funding increased substantially, and a $55-million life sciences building was completed in 2007. Funding was also obtained for a new diagnostic laboratory. Clinical residency and graduate programs expanded significantly, and a DVM/Ph.D. program was established. Cornell regained number one ranking among U.S. veterinary colleges in 2000, a position it holds to the present.

As dean emeritus, Dr. Smith devotes his time to teaching and to researching the history of veterinary medicine largely through oral interviews. He teaches a course called Veterinary Medicine, The Versatile Profession and his blog has readers in over 100 countries. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the AVMA, Smith authors “Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine” (www.veritasDVMblog.com). He is a member of the National Academy of Practices.

American Association of Equine Practitioners

The award states: "In recognition of strong initiatives that promote the health and wellness of horses and for effectively collaborating with AVMA to advance our common interests."

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to equine veterinary medicine. Founded in 1954, the AAEP is comprised of nearly 10,000 veterinarians and veterinary students who dedicate their life's work to caring for the horse. The AAEP brings together its diverse membership from private practice, academia, regulatory medicine and research in the pursuit of one mission – to improve the health and welfare of the horse.

It is through this mission that the AAEP serves as a respected source of information for the equine industry. From animal welfare to uniform medication rules in equine competition, the AAEP dedicates resources to provide a consistent veterinary perspective to contemporary issues affecting horse health. The professional development of today’s equine veterinarian also is a primary goal of the association. The AAEP Annual Convention and the association’s six ancillary education events attract veterinarians from around the world who want to stay current on the latest clinical information and trends in equine medicine.

For more information, please visit the AVMA web site at www.avma.org.



The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 84,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.


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explores what animals can teach us about being human

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“Beguiling . . . Virga is passionate about his work.” –Publishers Weekly

“This book is a thoroughly engaging and thoughtful consideration of the ways in which humans can benefit from closer attention to the ways of animals.” The Bark

“An insightful affirmation of our love of animals.” Kirkus Reviews

“Animal lovers will appreciate this tribute to the connection between humans and animals.”



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Nearly two out of three American families share their homes with pets; one-half to two-thirds of that group see their pets as full-fledged family members. We speak of our pets as if they’re our children, invite them into our beds with us, celebrate their birthdays, take them on vacations, and even leave messages for them on the answering machine. Craving even more contact with animals, 143 million guests flock to zoos and wildlife parks each year in North America. What is it about animals that makes us feel such a strong kinship with them?

“I believe that the answer to that question lies in the sense of belonging we feel in the company of other creatures,” says veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Vint Virga. “In the presence of animals, we find true acceptance. Alone with them, our self-consciousness dissolves.” Drawing on his thirty years’ experience working with animals both domestic and wild, Virga’s book THE SOUL OF ALL LIVING CREATURES: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human (on sale July 9) recounts true stories from Virga’s practice to examine the profound connections we forge with animals, and to explore the world from their viewpoint.

“We think that humans and animals express themselves in dramatically different ways, but if you look closely, that’s not really true,” says Virga. “Animals are just much more aware of the signals that they communicate with than we are. Part of my goal is to unlock the mysteries of animal behavior so we can have a new perspective on what is happening in our day-to-day lives on a less obvious level.”

“Surrounding every one of us are animals ready to serve as teachers by opening doors to new perspectives and ways of being,” says Virga. “If we’re willing to listen, notice, and embrace what we hold in common with them, together we can change how we live from day to day, and discover a deeper sense of connection to others and the world around us.” THE SOUL OF ALL LIVING CREATURES serves as a guide to beginning that process.

About the Author

Dr. Vint Virga is a distinguished practitioner and leader in veterinary behavioral medicine. He consults nationally to zoos and wildlife parks, private corporations, and professional organizations on the care and well-being of animals and has appeared on ABC’s World News, National Geographic’s Explorer, PBS’s Nature and on Wild TV.


On sale: July 9, 2013 • ISBN: 978-0-307-71886-0 • $25.00 • 240 pages

Also available as an ebook



Theme of ‘Love Your Pet, See Your Vet’ reminds pet owners to show they love their pet with the gift of good health

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 2, 2013—Pet owners love to show their pets affection by showering them with toys, fancy collars and even clothes. In fact, a recent survey indicated dog and cat owners spent $5 billion on gifts for their dogs and cats during the 2012 holiday season. During National Pet Week May 5 – 11 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners the gift of good health is the best way to show you truly care.

This year’s theme, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet,” reminds pet owners that regular veterinary medical checkups can detect disease early and keep your pet healthy and happy for many years to come. According to the 2012 AVMA U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook, nearly 90 percent of dog owners and 75 percent of cat owners indicated that routine check-ups and preventive care are either very or somewhat important. However, the same study revealed that from 2006 to 2011, the number households not visiting the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog owners and 24 percent for cat owners.

“Regular veterinary visits are important because many times pets will hide symptoms of illness, so you need your veterinarian’s skill and expertise to keep your pets healthy,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Providing pets with regular preventive care is the key to a healthy and long life for your pet, and it can save you hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars by preventing or identifying problems earlier, when they may be easier to treat and less expensive to solve,” said Dr. Aspros.

This National Pet Week, the AVMA urges you to talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s healthcare and what, if any, special needs your pet might have. The AVMA, your state veterinary medical association and your local veterinarian have tremendous resources for you.

For more information about National Pet week, please visit http://www.petweek.org/. For more information about the AVMA, please visit www.avma.org.


The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 84,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

Two new members of the Executive Board take posts on July 23, 2013

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) April 9, 2013—Michael E. Newman, DVM, MS of Decatur, Ala. and Gary S. Brown, DVM of Princeton, W.Va. have both been elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board to replace retiring members of the board. Their terms of service begin July 23, 2013.


Dr. Michael E. Newman, DVM, MS

District III AVMA Executive Board Representative-elect

Dr. Newman competed in a contested race for the District III post, representing the states of Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His term will run from July 2013 – July 2019, and he succeeds Dr. Joe Kinnarney.

“I’m proud to become a part of the Executive Board, and I hope to serve the veterinary profession by giving voice to our accomplishments and potential,” Dr. Newman says. “The success of the veterinary profession, the quality of the people comprising the profession, and the benefits our country derives from this relatively small profession remains one of the United States’ best kept secrets. We should daily remind our political leaders and the U.S. public they have the best veterinary medical profession in the world.”


Dr. Newman received his DVM from Auburn University in 1980 and his master’s and residency in surgery five years later, also from Auburn. Dr. Newman established Alabama Veterinary Surgery in Birmingham, Ala. in January, 1986 as the first private surgical referral practice in Alabama and one of five in the southeastern United States at that time. He built that practice in Birmingham for eight years and assisted in establishing a new veterinary emergency service in 1992. In 1994, his practice was moved to Decatur, Ala., and it expanded to a larger facility there in 2006. Dr. Newman has served in all positions of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association concluding with the presidency in 2008 – 2009. He was elected to the AVMA Council on Research in 2003 and was re-elected to that post in 2006 for a six-year term.


Dr. Gary S. Brown, DVM

District V AVMA Executive Board Representative-elect

Dr. Brown ran unopposed to become the Executive Board member for District V, representing the states of Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. His term will run from July 2013 – July 2019, and he succeeds Dr. Jan Krehbiel.

“Serving in the AVMA House of Delegates and two terms as AVMA Vice President has only partially quenched my thirst to do more for our profession. It allowed me to understand our current needs with a sound respect and appreciation of our history,” says Dr. Brown. “I want to help create a profession that is unified and progressive so that we all can be proud to call it ours.”

Dr. Brown received his undergraduate bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1984. Throughout his career, he has been active in enhancing the educational experience. He has served on multiple high school and college boards as well as mentoring veterinary students. Since 1998, Dr. Brown has been in a variety of leadership roles. He has been West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association’s Delegate to AVMA House of Delegates for seven years. He was elected to two terms as AVMA Vice President, serving in this capacity from 2008 – 2010.

For more information about the AVMA, please visit www.avma.org.


BEAUFORT, S.C., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dogs love lying on cold floors and homeowners love the look of hardwood and tile, but according to Dr. Julie Buzby , veterinarian and animal acupuncturist, dogs weren't designed to live on hard-surface flooring.

"Dogs engage their toenails to gain traction," Buzby explains. "When slipping or sliding, a dog will flex his toes and dig in his nails. This is the perfect design for acquiring traction on earthen terrain; on hard-surface flooring, however, this only makes the slipping and struggling worse."

Slipping is hard on dogs' joints and increases the risk of injury. Many veterinarians emphasize that it can be an emotionally traumatic experience as well.

"Fear is real for many senior or disabled dogs who live on hard-surface floors," Buzby says. "Owners of struggling dogs recognize this fear, but until now there hasn't been an effective solution for dogs slipping on hardwood and tile."

Buzby developed Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips for Dogs, which she describes as "a biomechanical solution to a biomechanical problem." ToeGrips are natural rubber rings that slide on to dogs' nails, adhere by friction, and provide traction and confidence for senior, disabled, and rehabilitating dogs.

Dr. Lee Gregory , an emergency/critical care veterinarian who is also certified in acupuncture and rehabilitation, uses ToeGrips on Winnie, her own 13-year-old Shar Pei mix. Winnie experienced two neurologic episodes that left her with balance deficits. In addition, her vision was worsening. This combination caused Winnie to become fearful.

"Fear affects her mobility," Gregory explains, "and also translates to every part of her life. Veterinary professionals have come to recognize how fear can ruin a dog's life."

The enhanced mobility Winnie has with ToeGrips made her emotional state better too. Gregory noted, "She is still affected by her loss of vision, but I can say that she is a better dog with her restored balance. I would say that if you want to teach an old dog new tricks, help it to engage in movement. ToeGrips do this. ToeGrips are truly a breakthrough for canine geriatric medicine."

In addition to helping dogs like Winnie, Buzby says ToeGrips have been valuable for three-legged dogs, patients recovering from orthopedic surgeries, and dogs recuperating from injuries.

"ToeGrips cannot solve every dog's mobility issues," Buzby adds, "but for the right dog, ToeGrips are a simple, affordable, natural solution to an age-old problem."

ToeGrips are sold through more than 100 veterinary professionals in six countries, and can be ordered direct online at www.toegrips.com.

About Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips

Dr. Buzby's ToeGrips is a registered service mark of Dr. Buzby's Innovations, LLC of Beaufort, South Carolina. Product information available at www.toegrips.com and www.toegripswholesale.com for veterinarians.


(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) March 14, 2013—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released two reports that offer data on the veterinary medical profession—the 2013 Report on Veterinary Compensation and the 2013 Report on Veterinary Practice Business Measures.

The Report on Veterinary Compensation provides information, including professional earnings in private practice, and public and corporate employment; earnings by years of experience, region and gender; employee fringe benefits; and income per hour. For example, this year’s report indicates that in 2011, which is the year of the survey, median income for private practitioners was $100,000—$88,000 for associate veterinarians and $124,000 for practice owners. In addition, the report found that the median professional income of veterinarians in public or corporate employment was $124,000 in 2011.

The Report on Veterinary Practice Business Measures provides data and trends including gross veterinary revenue statistics, financial returns and ratios in veterinary practice, key practice operating expense ratios, and revenues according to service categories. The 2013 report indicates that the median gross practice revenue was $728,640 in 2011.

The AVMA has conducted an economic survey of U.S. veterinarians every two years since 1984 and the data from this survey provides reliable statistics on veterinary earnings and salaries. The AVMA’s Report on Veterinary Practice Business Measures and Report on Veterinary Compensation each contain dozens of tables and figures of statistical tabulations along with summaries of key findings.

For more information about the AVMA or to purchase a copy of the reports, visit www.avma.org.


The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 84,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

Contact: Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP
P.O. Box 540248, North Salt Lake, UT 84054
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DVD series created by world-renowned bird veterinarians offers
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A lot of people have birds for pets, but relatively few understand basic care. Consequently,
on a daily basis, veterinarians working with birds see problems resulting from either
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To address this problem, acclaimed bird veterinarians and lecturers Doctors M. Scott
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first audio visual resource created by specialists that covers topics all bird owners should
Designed to provide concise and accurate information to bird owners, the DVDs offer
video collected worldwide by avian veterinarians, teachers, aviculturists, enthusiasts, and
pet store owners that illustrate the points outlined in each section.
Volume 1 in the series covers a wide range of topics, from identifying commonly kept
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illness in birds to how to select a veterinarian.
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Each DVD is packed with vital information and offers a reliable resource on avian care that
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Author: Drs. M. Scott Echols and Brian L. Speer are world-renowned bird veterinarians.
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(ANNAPOLIS, Maryland) December 5, 2012—Across the country, many leaders in the animal care and control community rated the strong relationship they have with their local veterinarians as unique, but a recent study shows that it might not be as unique as they think.

CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, recently conducted a nationwide survey of shelters, animal rescue groups, veterinarians and technicians to evaluate the nature of the relationship that exists between those groups.

“We had heard again and again that there are many communities where the relationship between veterinarians and shelter groups is adversarial, so we set out to find out if that is the case and how we can help strengthen those relationships. Surprisingly, only 17% of veterinarians and 2% of shelter respondents believe that, in general, shelter-veterinary relationships are adversarial. Further, when asked about their own communities, only 5% of veterinarians and 1% of shelters categorized their relationship in that manner,” says Dr. Jane Brunt, CATalyst Council’s executive director.

The survey, facilitated by Advanstar Veterinary Group and Petfinder.com, also revealed that many respondents would like to further strengthen their relationships. Even though the survey was designed to be anonymous, the overwhelming majority of participants chose to provide their contact information so they could receive tips on how to enhance their relationship and information regarding programs for partnering with veterinarians and shelter groups in their community.

Past chair of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and current CATalyst Council chair, Jan McHugh-Smith agrees. “These results underscore the fact that there is a real interest in collaboration in those communities, which was a very pleasant surprise. When collaboration is the top priority everyone in the community benefits and at the top of the list are all the pets that now have a loving home where they can receive a lifetime of care.”

Additional findings from the survey as well as a tool that communities can use to score the relationships that exist in their area will be released at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida at 5:30 PM Saturday, January 19, 2013 in the Sun Ballroom 1-3 at the Gaylord hotel and highlighted in upcoming DVM Magazine and Veterinary Economics publications.


The CATalyst Council is a national organization which includes a wide variety of animal health and welfare organizations as well as corporate members of the animal health industry working together to improve the health and welfare of America’s favorite pet. It was founded in response to troubling statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association that indicate an increase in our nation’s pet cat population coupled with a decline in veterinary care for those cats. More information about the CATalyst Council is available at www.catalystcouncil.org.

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 6, 2012 – At its annual convention in San Diego, Calif., the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) officially launched its Future Leaders Program’s second class by announcing the 10 veterinarians who will be taking part in the program over the next year.

The year-long program was created by the AVMA with support from Pfizer Animal Health to develop volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups. The goal is to help participants to enhance their individual leadership skills and to create useable tools for the wider veterinary profession to benefit from and utilize.

The 10 participants were selected from approximately 60 AVMA member nominees who had graduated from veterinary schools within the last 15 years.

“The hardest part of picking each class over the past two years has been narrowing down the list of nominees to just 10 participants, because of the qualifications and diverse interests and energy of all the outstanding nominees,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA. “Many of these Future Leaders are already leaders, taking leadership roles at the state and local levels, so we’re excited by not only what we can teach them but how much they’ll be able to teach us.”

Participants will have an opportunity to work with professional facilitator Dr. Ken Andrews of High Impact Facilitation, who will provide project management and

leadership training. As the year progresses, these young leaders will not only learn new skills, but they will, as a group, develop and collaborate on a project that will provide the AVMA with a valuable new tool or service that will benefit all members. The first class of Future Leaders focused on creating a web-based Future Leaders Toolkit that uses videos, instructional materials, and other tools to help all AVMA members improve their leadership skills on the job or within the profession.

The following veterinarians were selected to be the AVMA’s 2012-2013 Future Leaders Program:

Dr. Karen Burns Grogan

Dacula, Georgia

Poultry medicine

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield

Dade City, Florida

Zoo medicine


Dr. Jennafer M. Glaesemann

Fairbury, Nebraska

Mixed animal private practice


Dr. William Allen Hill

Pollocksville, North Carolina

Academic laboratory animal medicine


Dr. Blair Hollowell

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Small animal medicine and rehabilitation


Dr. Jason Johnson

Luverne, Alabama



Dr. Virginia Kiefer

Rocky River, Ohio

Small animal practice


Dr. Douglas Kratt

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Small animal practice


Dr. Rebecca Stinson

Reidsville, North Carolina

Equine practice


Dr. Kelvin G. Urday

Keller, Texas

Mixed animal private practice





The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— The most common ailment to affect a horse is lameness. A University of Missouri equine veterinarian  has developed a way to detect this problem using a motion detection system called the “Lameness Locator.”  Now, Kevin Keegan, a professor of equine surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MU, has found that his Lameness Locator can detect lameness earlier than veterinarians using the traditional method of a subjective eye test.

The Lameness Locator, which is now in commercial use, places small sensors on the horse’s head, right front limb and croup, near the tail. The sensors monitor and record the horse’s torso movement while the horse is trotting. The recorded information is then transferred to a computer or mobile device and compared against databases recorded from the movement of healthy horses and other lame horses.  The computer is then able to diagnose whether or not the horse is lame.

In a new study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, Keegan and co-author Meghan McCracken, an equine surgery resident at MU, put special adjustable shoes on horses that temporarily induced symptoms of lameness. The horses were then monitored by the Lameness Locator as well as by a number of veterinarians using any lameness testing methods they wished. If no lameness was detected by either the veterinarians or the Lameness Locator, the special shoes were adjusted slightly to increase the symptoms of lameness. This process was repeated until both the Lameness Locator and the participating veterinarians properly identified in which leg of the horse the lameness was occurring. Keegan and McCracken found that the Lameness Locator was able to correctly identify lameness earlier than veterinarians using subjective eye test methods more than 58 percent of the time and more than 67 percent of the time when the lameness occurred in the hind legs of the horse. Keeg! an attributes this to the sensors’ high sensitivity levels.

“There are two reasons why the Lameness Locator is better than the naked eye,” Keegan said. “It samples motion at a higher frequency beyond the capability of the human eye and it removes the bias that frequently accompanies human subjective evaluation.”

Because equine lameness may begin subtly and can range from a simple mild problem affecting a single limb to a more complicated one affecting multiple limbs, veterinarians and horse owners know that early detection is the key to successful outcomes.

“If veterinarians can detect lameness earlier, before it gets too bad, it makes treatment much easier,” Keegan said. “Lameness often goes undetected or undiagnosed entirely, which can cause owners to retire horses earlier than needed, simply because they cannot figure out why the horses are unhealthy. The Lameness Locator should be able to help with that as well.”

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