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Faculty Awards

2016

Faculty Awards

Dr. John R. Fischer, director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), recently received the 2016 C.W. Watson Award from fish and wildlife agencies in the Southeast. This is the highest award presented by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA), which is a consortium of state agencies that have the primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 15 states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Dr. Joerg Mayer received the 2016 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award, presented annually to the animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. Dr. Mayer is an associate professor of zoological medicine in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Mark W. Jackwood, MS, PhD, who is head of the department of Population Health and the J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine, received the UGA Inventor’s Award.

Vanessa Ezenwa, PhD, an associate professor who is jointly appointed to the Odum School of Ecology and the Department of Infectious Diseases, received a Creative Research Medal from UGA.

Julie M. Moore, PhD, a professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Infectious Diseases, received a Creative Teaching Award from UGA.

Kate Myrna, DVM, MS, DACVO, an associate professor of ophthalmology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, received the CVM’s Outstanding Hospital Service Award.

Bridget Garner, DVM, PhD, DACVP, an associate professor of clinical pathology in the Department of Pathology, received the CVM’s Outstanding Laboratory Service Award.

M. Stephen Trent, PhD, the UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases, received the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research.

Melinda Brindley, PhD, an assistant professor jointly appointed to the departments of Population Health and Infectious Diseases, received the CVM’s John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal Research.

Corey Saba, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), an associate professor of oncology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, received the CVM’s Clinical Research Award.

Erik H. Hofmeister, DVM, DACVAA, DECVAA, MA (Anesthesia), an associate professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine, and, Surgery and Chief of Small Animal Surgery and Anesthesia, received the CVM’s David Tyler Award for Advances in Teaching.

Melinda Camus, DVM, DACVP, an assistant professor of clinical pathology in the Department of Pathology, received the CVM’s Morrow B. Thompson Award.

Corrie Brown, VMD, PhD, DACVP, was named University Professor earlier this year, an annual honor, since 1974, reserved for just one faculty member who has made a significant impact on the University of Georgia beyond their normal academic responsibilities. Brown, who was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2004, has built international partnerships to advance animal and human health. In her 20 years at UGA, her research, instruction and outreach have shaped global initiatives and transformed lives. Brown has worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Veterinarians Without Borders and the federal departments of state, defense and agriculture to create programs to help veterinarians understand how to build sustainable animal health systems that improve heath, food security and economic stability. She has presented workshops or conducted training in more than 50 countries and authored several manuals that are in use across the globe. Dr. Brown is a professor of anatomic pathology in the Department of Pathology.

Gaylen Edwards, DVM, PhD, was selected as a Senior Teaching Fellow for 2016-2017 by the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Edwards heads the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and is a Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Veterinary Medicine.

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (Small Animal), and Kevin Clarke, DVM, DACVS, were recognized at the annual UGA Faculty Recognition Banquet with Outstanding Teaching Faculty awards. Dr. Ward is a professor of small animal internal medicine and the Chief Medical Officer for the small animal side of the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Clarke is a clinical associate professor of orthopedics. Both are based in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Jane Quandt, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC (Anesthesia and ECC), an associate professor of anesthesiology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, received the 2016 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award.

Each DVM class annually selects a faculty member who the class feels made the greatest contribution to their education during the last academic year. Faculty Recognition Awards for 2016 went to Puliyur Seshadri MohanKumar, BVSc, PhD, selected by the class of 2019; Dr. Corrie Brown, selected by the class of 2018; Michelle Barton, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal), selected by the class of 2017; and, Dr. Kevin Clarke, selected by the class of 2016. Dr. MohanKumar is a professor of anatomy in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Barton is the Fuller E. Callaway Chair and a professor of large animal medicine in the Department of Large Animal Medicine; she is also the director of clinical academic affairs in the CVM’s Office for Academic Affairs. (See other entries on this page for more information on Drs. Brown and Clarke.)

2015

Additional 2015 Faculty Honors

Gary Baxter, VMD, (MS ’88), DACVS, was named associate dean for clinical services, overseeing the Veterinary Medical Center, which includes the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Education Building.

K. Paige Carmichael, DVM, PhD, DACVP, a professor of pathology, received the 2015 Iversion Bell Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Vanessa Ezenwa, PhD, an associate professor of infectious diseases who is jointly appointed to the Odum School of Ecology, received a Core Fulbright Scholar Award for 2014-2015 to study patterns of diseases in the human population.

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PHD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), was one of four UGA professors to receive a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor award for the 2014-2015 academic year. UGA awards up to five Meigs professorships each year. The Meigs award is the highest teaching award that UGA bestows upon its faculty.

Eric Hofmeister, DVM, DACVAA, DECVAA, MA (Anesthesia), received the 2015 CURO Research Mentoring Award. UGA only gives two CURO mentoring awards annually.

Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP, a professor of anatomic pathology, received the National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Student American Veterinary Medical Association. She also received an award in recognition of her contributions to the training of military veterinarians deployed to stability operations in resource-poor areas of the world. Dr. Brown helped develop the Veterinary Support to Stability Operations training that is now mandatory for all military veterinarians who wish to deploy to these zones.

John R. Fischer, DVM, PhD, director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, received the Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Memorial Award from the Wildlife Disease Association and the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians.

Shiyou Chen, DVM, PhD, a professor of physiology and pharmacology, was one of five professors at UGA to receive a Creative Research Medal from the UGA Research Foundation for his development of two powerful cell model systems that are beneficial to the development of new drugs for cardiovascular diseases.

2015 Faculty Awards

These awards were presented at the CVM’s 2015 Honors and Awards banquet. Each of the four DVM candidate classes recognized a member of the faculty that the class felt has most contributed to its education during the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Mary Hondalus, DVM, PhD, an associate professor of infectious diseases, was recognized by the Class of 2018;
  • Melinda Camus, DVM, DACVP, an assistant professor of clinical pathology, was recognized by the Class of 2017;
  • Amanda Erickson Coleman, DVM, DACVIM, an assistant professor of cardiology, was recognized by the Class of 2016;
  • Kevin Clarke, DVM, DACVS, a clinical associate professor of orthopedics, was recognized by the Class of 2015.

Dr. Kevin Clarke was also named the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher of the Year.

2015 Phi Zeta Awards

The Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research was awarded to Biao He PhD, a professor of infectious diseases who collaborates with many faculty members throughout the College to develop and test vaccine therapeutics. He has published nearly 25 scientific papers, multiple in prestigious journals, since his arrival at the CVM in 2009. “Dr. He’s work is at the forefront of viral research and is expanding into vaccine development for a number of human, animal and zoonotic viral and non-viral pathogens,” said his department head, Fred D. Quinn, PhD, of the Department of Infectious Diseases, in a letter of nomination. “I consider him to be an outstanding teacher, researcher, scholar and colleague. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in molecular biology, virology and vaccine development. As such, he is in a unique position to productively explore the areas where these fields overlap and contribute in a very meaningful way to the rapidly expanding vaccine development group in the CVM.”

The Clinical Research Award was presented to Amanda Erickson Coleman, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology), an assistant professor of cardiology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Her research focuses on pharmacologic interventions targeting the renin-antiotensin-aldosterone system, which regulates blood pressure and fluid balance, in dogs, cats and horses. “These are chronic conditions that affect many companion animals, and treatment with current drugs is imperfect,” noted her department head, Spencer A. Johnston, VMD, DACVS, in a letter of nomination. “By identifying better agents for therapy, the quality of life of companion animals and their owners can be improved.”

The John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research was presented to Brian Jordan, (PhD ’12), an assistant professor in the departments of Population Health and Poultry Sciences in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, respectively. Jordan joined the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center upon completion of his PhD. In a mere three years, he has built a solid and productive research program, supported by more than $480,000 in extramural funding, and authored or co-authored seven peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, he has published 16 abstracts at national and international meetings. His research focuses on bridging the gap between the poultry house environment and infectious diseases. Thus far, he has been highly successful in gaining funding to support research in the key areas of understanding and control of avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis, and in determining that coronaviruses are not as prevalent in wild birds in the USA as they are in other parts of the world.

The Charles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service was awarded to John Fischer, DVM, PhD, a professor of wildlife diseases and director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study. Dr. Fischer was selected for his outstanding leadership of SCWDS since 2000 and for his overall service to the wildlife community. SCWDS assists 18 states and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey, with wildlife disease identification, management and surveillance. Dr. Fischer’s service to the community includes serving as chair of the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) Committee on Wildlife Diseases, from 2004 to 2009, and serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies since 1999. In addition, SCWDS publishes a quarterly newsletter that currently has more than 2,000 subscribers in the wildlife community.

The Outstanding Laboratory Service Award was presented to Melinda Camus, DVM, DACVP, an assistant professor of clinical pathology who helped ensure that the clinical pathology service remained fully functional during an intense 14-week period when she was the only faculty member on the service. Dr. Camus single-handedly oversaw the service while also teaching senior students every morning during rotations. She routinely worked 10 or more hours per day, 7 days per week. “She has a character that just takes every problem as it comes, and finds an answer that is palatable to all,” said Keith Harris, DVM, DACVP, who heads the Department of Pathology. “Even with her frenetic schedule, her demeanor never changed.”

The Outstanding Hospital Service Award was presented to Ira Roth, (DVM ’86), a clinical assistant professor and director of the UGA Community Practice Clinic. “Dr. Roth’s enjoyment of his job is obvious in the gentle and affectionate way in which he interacts with his patients,” noted one of many nominators. “Time and again, aggressive or nervous animals calm down in his presence and animals that have been too nervous to even accept treats from other staff members will readily respond to him. Clients are similarly charmed by his friendly personality and many clients remark that they make return trips to the Community Practice Clinic specifically because they appreciate his interest in them as clients and the care that he gives their pets.”

The David Tyler Award for Advances in Teaching was also awarded to Dr. Melinda Camus, who was recognized for implementing new teaching techniques for microscopy in VPAT 5250. She organized the digitization of more than 200 hematologic and cytologic samples, and worked with technical staff at Leica® and the IT support staff at the CVM to put the slides in an electronic cloud that could be accessed by the students on their electronic devices. The change enhanced the learning experiences of the students, and also lowered the costs of teaching the course. Dr. Camus has an innate interest in teaching, and has published a manuscript regarding students’ perceptions of online discussion forums in the college classroom. She recently submitted a follow-up study to another journal in veterinary education.

2015 faculty inductees: Daniel Rissi, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, a clinical assistant professor of pathology, was also inducted into Phi Zeta.


2014

Michael Yabsley, MS, PhD, FRES, an associate professor of wildlife diseases who is jointly appointed to the CVM’s Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, was appointed to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Sam Franklin, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, an assistant professor of orthopedics, and Jared Williams, (MS ’02, DVM ’06), PhD, a clinical assistant professor of large animal medicine, were selected for the 2014-2015 UGA Teaching Academy Fellows Program.

Dr. Mary Hondalus was selected as a 2014-15 Service Learning Fellow.

The American Veterinary Dental College recently created the new specialty of Equine Dentistry. Dr. Mike Lowder has passed the exam and is now a Diplomate AVCD Eq.

Dr. Chad Schmiedt was selected for the UGA Alumni Association's "40 Under 40" in 2014.

2014 American Association of Avian Pathologists Award Recipients

Dr. Naola Ferguson Noel received the Bayer-Snoeyenbos Award

Dr. Charles Hofacre received the Lasher-Bottorff Award

2014 Summer Innovative Instruction Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Instruction funds these annual grants to improve teaching and learning through innovative instructional projects.

UGA faculty awarded innovative instruction grants (press release)

Grant recipients from the CVM include:

  • Melinda S. Camus and Bridget C. Garner: "Creating a Digital Hematology and Cytology Archive for Use in Instruction of Veterinary Clinical Pathology"
  • Wan-I Oliver Li, College of Veterinary Medicine: "A More Interactive Approach for Teaching VPHY3100 (Elements of Physiology)"
  • Simon Platt, Marc Kent, Allison Haley, College of Veterinary Medicine: "Development of an Open Access Video Case-Based Teaching Site for Veterinary Medicine Faculty"

2014 Honors and Awards

Dr. Paige Carmichael was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Mark Jackwood was selected as the 2014 recipient of the annual Charles Beard Research Excellence Award.

Dr. John Peroni was selected to serve on the Large Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Morris Animal Foundation.

Dr. Biao He was appointed the Fred C. Davison Distinguished University Chair effective April 1, 2014, pending Board of Regents approval.

Dr. Michael Yabsley (PhD '04) was elected to the board of the Companion Animal Parasite Council

Drs. Sam Franklin and Jared Williams (MS '02, DVM '06) were selected for the 2014-2015 UGA Teaching Academy Fellows Program.

2014 Phi Zeta Awards

The Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research was awarded to Vanessa Ezenwa, PhD, an associate professor of infectious diseases who is jointly appointed to the Department of Infectious Disease and the Odum School of Ecology. Since her arrival at the CVM in fall 2010, Dr. Ezenwa has published 16 papers, including nine in which she served as the lead or senior author. Her work is centered in the nexus of "One Health" and focuses on how animal behavior, ecology, physiology and environmental changes underlie host exposure and susceptibility to infection. She is regularly invited to present her research at international meetings, including a scheduled presentation this July as the plenary speaker for the Australian Society of Parasitology.

The Clinical Research Award was presented to Kira Epstein, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, an associate professor of large animal emergency and critical care medicine in the Department of Large Animal Medicine. Since joining the College in 2006 as a clinical-track faculty member, Epstein has authored 25 publications, including 17 research publications; she served as the primary or senior author on at least nine of the published studies. Her research is focused in the areas of intravenous regional perfusion of antibiotics, practical aspects of abdominal and intestinal surgery, and aspects of coagulation in health and disease.

The John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal/Biomedical Research was presented to Nicole Gottdenker, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, an assistant professor of anatomic pathology in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Gottdenker is a board-certified veterinary pathologist with a specialized focus in zoo and wildlife pathology, and she also has a PhD in ecology. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental change on infectious disease transmission in humans, domestic animals, and wildlife, with a particular focus on vector-borne multihost pathogens. For example, her long-term research on the effects of deforestation on Chagas disease transmission in Panama has shown that Chagas disease vector infection increases in deforested areas.

The Charles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service was awarded to Holly Sellers, MS, PhD, a professor of avian medicine at the College’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. Dr. Sellers was recognized for her dedication to helping poultry production veterinarians maintain the health of their flocks, particularly during outbreaks of new disease strains during the last few years.

Outstanding Laboratory Service Award was presented to Paula Krimer-Rollison, DVM, DVSc, DACVP, an associate professor of clinical pathology in the Department of Pathology who is assigned to the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (AVDL).

The David Tyler Award for Advances in Teaching was awarded to Mary Hondalus, DVM, PhD, an associate professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Infectious Diseases, and also the graduate coordinator for the College’s DVM-MPH dual degree program.


2013

Dr. Jerry Saliki, DVM, PhD, ACVM, received the 2013 AAVLD Distinguished Service Award during the annual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Dr. Amelia Woolums was recognized as one of the 20 most influential beef and dairy veterinarians by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

2013 Instructional Grant Recipients from the Office of the Vice President for Instruction

  • Allison Haley, Simon Platt and Marc Kent (Small Animal Medicine): “Development of an Internet Based, Interactive Canine Neurology Teaching Model.”
  • Kelsey A. Hart, James N. Moore (Large Animal Medicine); Robert M. Gogal (Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging); Ira G. Roth (Small Animal Medicine); along with Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn (Advertising/Public Relations) from the Grady College of Journalism: “Interactive Tools for Enhancing Instruction of Veterinary Diagnostic Skills.”
  • Mary Hondalus and Sreekumari Rajeev (Infectious Diseases); Brad Gilleland and Chris Herron (Educational Resources Center): “Incorporation of Computer Animated and Interactive Laboratory Learning Modules and Clinical Case Workup for Enhancement of Veterinary Student Engagement and Retention of Veterinary Microbiology.”

2013 UGA Outstanding Teaching Faculty Awards

These awards were presented at the UGA Faculty Recognition Banquet, April 15, 2013. The recipients from the College of Veterinary Medicine were:

  • Marc Kent, Small Animal Medicine
  • James N. Moore, Large Animal Medicine
  • Simon Platt, Small Animal Medicine
  • Ira Roth, Small Animal Medicine

2012

2012 Faculty Honors and Awards

Dr. Mark Jackwood, head of the Department of Population Health, was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus award winner from the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The award was presented during a luncheon on Friday, October 19, 2012, as part of Delaware’s Homecoming weekend. Dr. Jackwood received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Delaware.

The annual Honors and Awards Celebration was held Friday, April 20, 2011. Each of the four DVM candidate classes recognized a member of the faculty that the class felt has most contributed to its education to date. For the 2010-11 school year, those faculty members were:

  • Dr. Cheri Roberts, a lecturer in anatomy from the department of veterinary biosciences & diagnostic imaging, was recognized by the class of 2015
  • Dr. Kate Myrna, assistant professor of ophthalmology from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2014
  • Dr. Marc Kent, neurologist from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2013
  • Dr. Ira Roth, director of the Community Practice Clinic, from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2012

March 14, 2012: The Association of University Technology Managers recognized Dr. Bran Ritchie in their most recent “Better World Report” for his work on antimicrobials. Read more in the press release: Three UGA inventors recognized for helping to create a ‘Better World’

2011

2011 Faculty Honors and Awards

Dr. John Glisson, former department head of the Department of Population Health, was awarded the J.T. Mercer Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association during their annual business meeting, Saturday, November 5, 2011.

The Dobbins-Mahaffey Advocacy Award was established by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association in 2011. The award recognizes those members who have provided outstanding service to the GVMA in the area of Advocacy. It was named in honor of two former faculty members at the CVM, Charles N. Dobbins, Jr., DVM, of Athens, Ga., and Edward A. Mahaffey, DVM, of Watkinsville, Ga., for their long-time dedication to legislative affairs for the GVMA, specifically in the legislative action committee, which they had chaired for more than 10 years prior to retiring from the committee in 2011.

The annual Honors and Awards Celebration was held Friday, April 29, 2011. Each of the four DVM candidate classes recognized a member of the faculty that the class felt has most contributed to its education to date. For the 2010-11 school year, those faculty members were:

  • Dr. Cynthia Ward, internist from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2014
  • Dr. Corrie Brown, from the department of pathology, was recognized by the class of 2013
  • Dr. Marc Kent, neurologist from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2012
  • Dr. Ira Roth, director of the Community Practice Clinic, from the department of small animal medicine and surgery, was recognized by the class of 2011

Dr. Randy Eggleston, clinical associate professor in the department of large animal medicine, received the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Eggleston was selected on the basis of his character, leadership and teaching ability as judged by the responsiveness of his students.

The following faculty awards were presented during Phi Zeta Day, Friday, April 8, 2011:

  • Charles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service: Dr. Murray Hines III, professor in the department of pathology and head of the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory
  • Outstanding Hospital Service Award: Dr. David Jiménez and Dr. Shannon Holmes, assistant professors in the department of anatomy and radiology
  • Outstanding Laboratory Service Award: Dr. Sreekumari Rajeev, an assistant professor in the department of infectious diseases based at the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory
  • Dr. Robert Gogal, associate professor in the department of anatomy and radiology, received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence for the quantity and quality of the research manuscripts he has produced in the last three years, as well as the service he provides to the scientific community.
  • Dr. Andrew W. Park, received the John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Research. Much of Park’s work aims to describe observed patterns in animal diseases, including the emergence of macro-parasite drug resistance in ruminants, the evolutionary escape of equine influenza from vaccine treatments and the complex spatiotemporal patterns of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer in the United States. Park is an assistant professor in the Odum School of Ecology with a joint appointment in the department of infectious diseases of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Dr. Chad Schmiedt was presented with the Clinical Research Award in recognition of the progress he has made towards understanding the mechanisms of post-transplantation hypertension, a finding that will benefit both animals and people. He is an assistant professor of soft tissue surgery in the department of small animal medicine and surgery.
  • The David Tyler Award for Advances in Teaching was awarded to Dr. Michelle Barton, who is the Fuller Callaway professor of large animal internal medicine in the department of large animal medicine. Dr. Barton was recognized for being instrumental in implementing the automated response systems in the college’s classrooms, and for being a leader in implementing new technologies for instructional use.
  • The Morrow B. Thompson Award was presented this year to Dr. Shawn Zimmerman, who is a third-year resident in clinical pathology. Sponsored by Dr. Dolores Kunze, the Thompson Award is presented to a senior student or resident who excels in veterinary clinical pathology.

2010

2010 Faculty Honors and Awards

Dr. Doris Miller received the E.P. Pope Memorial Award on November 14, 2010, during the 53rd Annual Meeting of the AAVLD in Minneapolis, Minn. The Pope Award is the highest award given by the AAVLD and is presented to an individual who has made noteworthy and significant contributions to the AAVLD with regard to implementing and advancing the recognition of the specialty of veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine.

The annual Honors and Awards Celebration was held Friday, April 16, 2010. Each of the four DVM candidate classes recognized a member of the faculty that the class felt has most contributed to its education to date. For the 2009-10 school year, those faculty members were:

  • Dr. Cheri Roberts, from the department of anatomy and radiology, was recognized by the class of 2013
  • Dr. Corrie Brown, from the pathology department, was recognized by the class of 2012
  • Dr. Michelle Henry Barton, a professor of large animal internal medicine and the college’s Callway Chair Professor, was recognized by the class of 2011
  • Dr. Karen Cornell, an associate professor in the department of small animal medicine and surgery, and the acting director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was recognized by the class of 2010

Dr. Amelia Woolums, assistant professor of large animal internal medicine, received the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Woolums was selected on the basis of her character, leadership and teaching ability as judged by the responsiveness of her students.

Awarded during Phi Zeta Day, Friday, April 9, 2010:

  • Charles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service: Dr. Jeremiah T. Saliki
  • Outstanding Hospital Service Award: Dr. Benjamin M. Brainard and Dr. Amie Koenig
  • Outstanding Laboratory Service Award: Dr. Susan Sanchez

2009 and prior years

2009 Faculty Honors

Dr. Jim Moore was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for his proposal: “Effects of Bacterial Toxins on Immune System”

Dr. Brett Tennent-Brown was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for his proposal: “Better Understanding of Colitis”

Dr. David Hurley was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for his proposal: “Determining How Horses Fight Infectious Disease”

Dr. Ben Brainard was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for his proposal: “Comparing Drugs That Decrease Clotting Complications”

Dr. Lisa Williamson was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for her proposal: “Determining Optimal Dosing for Dewormers”

Dr. Steeve Giguère was awarded a Morris Animal Foundation grant for his proposal: “Insight into Vaccine Development”

Dr. Susan Sanchez secured funding from the GA Aquarium for her project: “Fast growing mycobacteria: Primary pathogen or commensal in cold water exhibits?”

Dr. Cynthia Ward received the Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award-Basic Sciences at the Annual AVMA meeting. The award recognizes excellence, innovation and enthusiasm in the field of clinical veterinary science and education.

Dr. Scott Brown received the Royal Canin Award at the Annual AVMA meeting. The awards recognizes veterinarians whose work in either clinical research or basic sciences, within the preceding five years, has contributed to the advancement of small animal medicine or surgery.

Drs. Elizabeth Howerth and David Stallknecht received Distinguished Service Awards from the Wildlife Disease Association at the national meeting. The awards were received for contributions as co-editors of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Dr. Jerry Saliki was re-appointed to a third 3-year term as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.

Dr. Corrie Brown was appointed as Associate Editor of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The annual Phi Zeta Awards Day was held at the College on Friday, April 17, 2009. Faculty inducted into the honor society included:

Dr. Ben Brainard

Dr. Naola Ferguson-Noel

Dr. R. Keith Harris

Dr. Egbert Mundt

Dr. Simon Platt

Dr. Guillermo Zavala

Faculty recognized for excellence in service to the college included:

Dr. Doris Miller — Clarles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Clay Calvert — Outstanding Hospital Service Award

Dr. Cathy Brown — Outstanding Laboratory Service Award

Dr. Mark Jackwood — Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research

Dr. Jeff Hogan — John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal Research

Dr. Benjamin Brainard — Clinical Research Award

Dr. Melinda Camus — Morrow Thompson Award

2008 Teaching Awards

The following awards were presented during Honors and Awards Night, April 25, 2008:

Dr. Cheri Roberts

Dr. Cheri Roberts, Department of Anatomy and Radiology: Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, chosen by her students on the basis of her character, leadership and teaching ability.

Dr. Tom Purinton, Department of Anatomy and Radiology (now retired): Class of 2011 Faculty Recognition Award

Dr. Cynthia Ward

Dr. Cynthia Ward, Department of Small Animal Medicine: Class of 2010 Faculty Recognition Award

Dr. Ursula Dietrich

Dr. Ursula Dietrich, Department of Small Animal Medicine: Class of 2009 Faculty Recognition Award

Dr. Simon Platt

Dr. Simon Platt, Department of Small Animal Medicine: Class of 2008 Faculty Recognition Award

2008 Faculty Honors

The annual Phi Zeta Awards Day was held at the College on Friday, April 18, 2008. Faculty recognized for excellence in service to the college included:

Charles L. Hofacre was awarded the Charles Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service for his work as director of clinical services for the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center.

Pauline M. Rakich received the Outstanding Laboratory Service Award for her 25 years of committed service to the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Catherine E. Kosarek, an oncologist in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, was awarded the Outstanding Hospital Service Award for her compassionate work with clients and colleagues.

Ray M. Kaplan, an associate professor in infectious diseases, received the Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research for his research in parasitology.

Michael Yabsley, an assistant professor in the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, received the John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal Research.

Erik Hofmeister, an assistant professor in small animal medicine, received the Clinical Research Award.

• The following large animal medicine faculty received research awards this summer from the Morris Animal Foundation: Dr. Kira Epstein, Dr. Jim Moore, Dr. Alessandra Pellegrini and Dr. Michel Vandenplas.

• Dr. Zhen Fu has been selected as a 2008-09 Administrative Fellow in the UGA Provost’s Office.

• Dr. John Maurer has been recognized as an outstanding faculty mentor for the UGA Honors Program.

• Dr. Amelia Woolums has been asked to serve as chair of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists exam committee.

• Dr. John Maurer has been selected for the 2008 CURO Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (at UGA), which will be presented at the CURO Symposium in March.

• Dr. Steve Budsberg is president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and will assume the presidency this fall.

• Dr. Michelle Barton is president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Specialty of Large Animal Internal Medicine) and assumes presidency this June.

• Dr. Karen Cornell is chair of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons examination committee.

2007 Faculty Honors, Grants and Awards

• Holly Moore Brown received a Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship.

• Dr. Chad Schmiedt’s grant proposal “Creation of a model for hypertension following cold ischemic injury and renal transplant in the rat” was funded by UGA’s Faculty Research Grants Program.

• The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Dr. Zhen Fu (PI) and Dr. Ralph Tripp of the College of Veterinary Medicine a $1.18 million grant to develop rabies vaccines. This award is the continuation of a previous four-year $837,000 grant issued by NIAID in 2002 to initiate the study.

• Dr. Xiaoqin Ye in Physiology & Pharmacology recently received a Faculty Research Grant, “Establishment of luminal endometrial epithelial cell lines from lysophopholipid receptor knockout mice.”

2007 Teaching Awards

The following awards were presented during Honors and Awards Night, April 20, 2007:

Oliver Li

Wan-I Oliver Li, physiology and pharmacology: Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, chosen by his students on the basis of his character, leadership and teaching ability.

Sherry Sanderson

Sherry Sanderson, physiology and pharmacology: Class of 2010 Faculty Recognition Award

Cynthia Ward

Cynthia Ward, small animal medicine and surgery: Class of 2009 and Class of 2008 Faculty Recognition Awards

Karen Cornell

Karen Cornell, small animal medicine and surgery: Class of 2007 Faculty Recognition Award

 

2007 Research Awards

The following awards were presented during Honors and Awards Night, April 20, 2007:

Liliana Friedmann

Liliana Friedmann, infectious diseases: Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence for her research in immune system response and disease prevention.

Other awards presented this year include:

Mark Tompkins

S. Mark Tompkins, infectious diseases: John M. Bowen Award for Excellence in Animal and Biomedical Research for his research on human and avian influenza strains.

Ralph Tripp, Mark Tompkins and Jeff Hogan, infectious diseases: NIH Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance.

2007 Promotions and Tenure

Dr. John Peroni, Associate Professor with Tenure, Dept. LAMS

Dr. Bruce LeRoy, Associate Professor with Tenure, Dept. Pathology

Dr. Jaroslava Halper, Professor, Dept. Pathology

Dr. Mel Pence, Professor, Dept. Population Health

Dr. Cynthia Ward, Tenure, Dept. SAMS

Dr. Eric Hofmeister, Assistant Professor, Dept. SAMS

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