AAHA spotlights five DVMs
San Antonio, Texas-The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) honored five DVMs at its 68th annual meeting here.
·Dr. Larry Dee, dipl. ABVP, of Hollywood, Fla., received the AAHA's Practitioner of the Year Award. Dee, who has belonged to AAHA since 1969, is owner and practice director of the Hollywood Animal Hospital and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
·Dr. Earl Strimple, founder and director of the MacArthur Animal Hospital in Chevy Chase, Md., received the Hill's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. Strimple is co-founder and director of People-Animals-Love (PAL), a non-profit organization that uses the practical application of pet therapy and education in nursing homes, hospitals, schools and prisons.
·Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, dipl. ACVB, an instructor, professor and associate at Texas A&M University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was recognized with the Friskies Petcare Award for her more than 30 years educating students in veterinary medicine and animal behavior.
·Dr. Alan H. Rebar received the Waltham Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions in improving the well-being of companion animals in the international veterinary community. As dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and professor of clinical pathology at Purdue University, Rebar has advanced veterinary pathology, environmental issues and veterinary medicine as a whole.
·Dr. Rebecca Kirby received the Innovative Veterinary Diets Award for her significant contributions to small animal veterinary medicine and surgery. She is an adjunct assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a practicing emergency veterinarian in Milwaukee and director of education and chief of medical services and ICU at the Milwaukee Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care.
In other news, Lowell Ackermann, DVM, Dipl. ACVD, recently received the Eukanuba® Canine Health Award for his book, entitled "The Genetic Connection: A Guide to Health Problems in Purebred Dogs."
The 278-page book, published by the AAHA in 1999, offers data to identify and assess the treatment needs of purebred dogs and help pet owners make decisions about the selection, screening and breeding processes.