Alumni Awards

CVM Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award Recipient Bios

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award is given to honor distinguished DVM graduates for veterinary excellence in practice or teaching and research.

2020-2021 Awards

Presented in 2022

Dr. Robert Corbett ('74 BS, ’78 DVM)
Excellence in Practice

Robert Corbett was raised on an Angus Ranch in Choteau, Montana. After watching a veterinarian perform a cesarean section on a heifer when he was 8, he decided he wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Corbett received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and public health from Washington State University in 1974 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He later opened a large animal practice in Blackfoot, Idaho. For the past 30 years, he has been involved in international and domestic consulting on large dairy operations. He has also been the seminar coordinator for the Dairy Heifer Seminar at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners for the past 12 years.

Dr. Barbara R. Gores (’89 DVM)
Excellence in Practice

Barbara R. Gores dedicated her professional career to the exploration and development of new and improved techniques in small animal veterinary surgery, particularly in the areas of surgical and therapeutic lasers, wound reconstruction and care, oral/maxillofacial surgery, and elective orthopedics. A Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine alumnae, Dr. Gores became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1996; she received the Mary Mitchell Humane Award for feline kidney transplantation that same year. In 1999, she and her husband established the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, a 24-hour emergency, multi-specialty veterinary hospital which received several design and practice management awards.

Dr. Jon Pennell (’81 DVM)
Excellence in Practice

Jon Pennell is a second-generation veterinarian with a long history of volunteering in organized veterinary medicine and One Health programs. A long-standing member of the Southern Nevada Medical Reserve Corps, Dr. Pennell can respond as a veterinarian or as a licensed advanced emergency medical technician in critical situations. Dr. Pennell earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1981. Since then, he has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, both as an associate and practice owner. Dr. Pennell has also held leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels, including Past President of the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Past President of the Western Veterinary Conference, Past Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association House Advisory Committee, and the current chair of the Nevada State Board of Health.

Dr. Rachel Pollard (’96 DVM)
Excellence in Teaching and Research

Rachel Pollard recently retired as a professor from the University of California, Davis, where she taught for 15 years and was often voted “favorite teacher” by her students. Dr. Pollard has served as the president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and as a member of the exam committee. She is now working in New Zealand as a veterinary radiologist with a clinical interest in small animal ultrasound and dynamic imaging techniques, such as contrast fluoroscopy for swallowing disorders. In addition, Dr. Pollard has recently launched an online veterinary imaging education service, Digital DIVA. She completed a four-year residency at UC Davis in 2001 and then went on to earn her Ph.D. in comparative pathology from UC Davis in 2005 – nine years after she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University.

2019 Awards

Presented in 2020

Dr. Linda Fineman (’92 DVM) Excellence in Practice

Linda Fineman worked in private practice for 17 years as a clinical oncologist and practice owner before transitioning to management and leadership full-time. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and facilitates small group clinical reasoning exercises in the Diagnostic Challenges Program.  She has a special interest in communication skills and their impact on medical and business outcomes.   Dr. Fineman currently serves as chief executive officer for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and previously served as vice president of learning and development with Ethos Veterinary Health.  After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from WSU, she completed an internship at Kansas State University, and a residency in medical oncology at Purdue University before becoming board certified in oncology.

Dr. Emily Pieracci (’09 DVM) Excellence in Practice

Emily Pieracci is a veterinary medical officer in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During her career as a public health veterinarian, she has implemented canine rabies elimination programs in multiple African and Asian countries.  Dr. Pieracci was a public health emergency responder for the Ebola outbreaks of 2014 and 2018, and for the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. She is passionate about using a one health approach to address current and emerging zoonotic diseases.  Dr. Pieracci earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, is board certified in preventative medicine, and completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship with the CDC. 

2018 Awards

Presented in 2019

Dr. Louise C. Abbott (’88 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Louise Abbott held faculty positions in Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in 1994 where she taught veterinary histology and embryology, large animal gross anatomy, graduate embryology, undergraduate and graduate developmental neurotoxicology, as well as research methods and theory to graduate and undergraduate students.  She conducted research on the role of calcium in neuronal development and function as well as on the effects of heavy metals on early development, using zebrafish and mice as animal models.  She also collaborated with computer scientists at several institutions to create three-dimensional, high resolution maps of the mouse brain. Dr. Abbott was a TAMU Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar (1997), received the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at the College Level (2009 and in 2017) and at the University level (2010), the Pfizer Inc. Carl J. Norden Award for Teaching Veterinary Medicine (2010) and an American Association of Veterinary Anatomists Outstanding Anatomist Award (2013). Dr. Abbott retired October 1, 2018 from Texas A&M University as an Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences.  She currently lives on the Southern Oregon Coast with her husband, the Reverend James L. Abbott, a retired Evangelical Lutheran Church of America pastor.

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Dr. Scott C. Bender (’94 BVSc, ’95 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Scott Bender is a bonafide vampire hunter in Mexico and only occasionally mistaken for Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones.  He was a US Marine who became a veterinarian.  He has had the opportunity to treat and be chased by musk ox in the beautiful bitterroot valley of Montana and see the lovely Canadian island of “Anne of Green Gables,” not just on PBS, but by practicing at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island. Then trading green pastures for red rocks, Bender spent over 20 years as Navajo Nation Tribal veterinarian, enjoying community practice, zoo and wildlife medicine, public health, and all the joys of being a government veterinarian. He currently teaches veterinary science at Navajo Technical University, and now gets to avoid pulling calves in the mud.  He continues to be involved in oral rabies and birth control vaccine research as a cooperating researcher with USDA Wildlife Services and while still not yet “Dr. Jones,” has coauthored a research paper in archeology and did play a human doctor on TV once! Dang those zebra hoofbeats!!! 

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Dr. Guy Palmer (’84 PhD) - Graduate Alumni Award

Guy Palmer is the Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair at Washington State University and is Regents Professor of Pathology & Infectious Diseases. He is the founding director of WSU’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and he currently serves as the WSU Senior Director of Global Health.  He is also the president of Global Animal Health-Tanzania and chairman of WSU Global Health-Kenya. Palmer directs global health programs in east and west Africa and Latin America and holds a NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen emergence.  He has a joint appointment as professor of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania and directs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported Integrated Doctoral Program between WSU and the Mandela Institution.  Dr. Palmer also holds adjunct appointments with the University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical Infectious Diseases, Centro de Estudios en Salud de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and the Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases in the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Dr. Palmer has been honored with WSU’s Sahlin Award for Research, Scholarship, and the Arts in 2008, the Eminent Faculty Award in 2013, and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.  

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2017 Awards

Presented in 2018

Dr. John Middleton (’90 BS, '93 DVM, '01 Ph.D.) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

John Middleton is a professor and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Veterinary Medicine where he has clinical, teaching, research, administrative, and service responsibilities. His research is primarily focused on the epidemiology, control, and treatment of bovine mastitis as well as other infectious diseases important to veterinary and public health. As an educator, he combines teaching and hands-on learning for students in the classroom and the clinic. In 2015, Dr. Middleton received the National Mastitis Council Distinguished Service Award for Presidential Performance and the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence and he was recognized as an MU top faculty achiever by MU's Chancellor in 2017. He and his wife, Lisa, and children, Benjamin and Jennifer, live on a small farm outside of Columbia, Missouri where they raise sheep and hay. In his free time, he enjoys off-road driving and restoring old cars.

John Middleton
Dr. John Middleton and Dean Slinker

Dr. Steven Weisbroth ('64 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Steven Weisbroth is retired but continues with several institutions as a consultant in Laboratory Animal Medicine. Earlier, he served as Director of Animal Care Facilities for several major universities where he also pursued a research career in diseases of laboratory animals. He left academia in 1978 to become the president of Anmed Biosafe, a diagnostic lab, until retiring in 2001. At Anmed Biosafe he pioneered in developing diagnostic profiles for periodically evaluating the health status of laboratory rodents and lagomorphs, a process now practiced globally by all commercial lab animal producers and most institutional users. Dr. Weisbroth initiated the series of texts sponsored by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, of which the first was "The Biology of the Laboratory Rabbit," widely recognized as an authoritative text on the subject, and served as Editor or contributor to several others in the series. He received the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Griffin Award in 1990 and the AALAS Research Award in 1972. Dr. Weisbroth is married with three children and five grandchildren. He loves classical music, spending time with his family and is an avid tennis player.

Dr. Steven Weisbroth
Dr. Steven Weisbroth and Dean Slinker

2016 Awards

Presented in 2017

Dr. D. Scott Adams (’72 DVM, ’79 Ph.D.) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Scott Adams is the chairman of the board of directors and the chief scientific officer for Veterinary Medical Research & Development, a company he founded in 1981. Located in Pullman, Washington, the company develops and manufactures over 300 veterinary diagnostic test kits and reagents that are used in more than 55 countries. Dr. Adams was CEO of the company for 33 years before he stepped down in 2014. Scott and his wife, Janet, are generous supporters of the Pullman community and the Palouse Choral Society.

Dr. Scott Adams Recieves Award

Dr. Scott Adams and Dean Slinker

2014 Awards

Presented in 2015

Dr. Michael Garner ('87 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Michael Garner

Michael Garner is a renowned veterinary pathologist who specializes in zoological and wildlife diseases. In 1994, Dr. Garner founded the consulting firm, Northwest ZooPath. Since that time he has worked with numerous zoos, wildlife centers, universities, and veterinary clinics in the United States and abroad. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers and book chapters. Dr. Garner is also a gifted teacher and is committed to training veterinary pathologists and residents. He established an outreach training program for foreign pathologists in 1999, and currently has housed and trained 22 externs and residents. A sought after speaker, Dr. Garner has given hundreds of presentations and seminars at national and international meetings and veterinary colleges, including Washington State University where he has held an adjunct faculty appointment since 1998. Mike credits his wife Tricia for supporting Northwest ZooPath during its formative stages. He is dedicated to getting his daughters Hannah and Tera through college, and when not working enjoys vintage motorcycles, fishing, falconry and American history.

Dr. Michael Garner

Dr. Michael Garner and Dean Slinker

2013 Awards

Presented in 2014

Dr. Robert B. Wilson ('61 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Robert B. WilsonRobert Burton Wilson received a B.S. from Utah State University, DVM, with Highest Honors, from Washington State University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He has held faculty positions at six universities, served as a visiting professor/scientist at six universities and as a long-time affiliate professor at the University of Washington’s Departments of Pathology and Oral Biology. He served as chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (1976-1983) and as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (1983-1988) at Washington State University. Dr. Wilson received 9 awards for excellence in teaching in his 31 years of instructing veterinary, pharmacy, medical, dental and graduate students. His research focused on the interaction of nutrition and disease and animal models of human disease. He held numerous consultancies in government and industry and served 4 years as a member of the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Institutes of Health.

Robert B. Wilson

Dr. Robert B. Wilson and Dean Slinker

Dr. Roger A. Renne ('66 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Roger A. RenneRoger Renne, board certified in anatomic pathology since 1973, devoted more than 40 years of his career to toxicology and veterinary pathology. After serving in the US Army Veterinary Corps from 1968-1974, Dr. Renne was a staff pathologist at Experimental Pathology Laboratories in Herndon, Virginia where he served as a consultant to the Tumor Pathology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He joined Battelle Memorial Institute's Pacific Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Wash. in 1976 and was the group leader for pathology from 1980-94 and toxicology department manager from 1994-96. He served as the staff pathologist for the Pathology Technical Group of Battelle from 1996 until his retirement in 2007. After his retirement, Dr. Renne started Roger Renne ToxPath Consulting, Inc., a consultant practice in toxicologic pathology in Sumner, Washington. Dr. Renne is a member of the Society of Toxicology and was a charter member of the Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He also is a member of the American College of Toxicology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the Society of Toxicologic Pathology, and served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology.

Roger A. Renne

Dr. Roger A. Renne and Dean Slinker

Dr. Gary L. Cook ('71 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Gary L. CookDr. Gary Cook has been practicing veterinary medicine for 43 years. He worked for the State of Nevada for two years then, moved to his hometown of Bozeman, Montana where he practiced as a mixed-animal veterinarian for 9 years. In 1982, he opened his own practice, All-West Veterinary Hospital (now 7 doctors for large and small animals) where he practices equine medicine. His philosophy is that hard work, being early, working at the highest level of expertise, and true compassionate caring are the most basic qualities that apply to all of life. He looks forward to work everyday and to learning new techniques that will increase his ability to provide the highest-quality care.

Dr. Cook has shown tremendous effort and skill to learn and keep up with the newest technologies that are used everyday in the veterinary field. When he attended WSU, the following technologies did not exist for the practitioner: ultrasound, digital radiography, cell phones, lap tops, business management software, powered dentistry, new applications of regenerative medicine such as stem cells and PRP, laparoscopy and arthroscopy, World Wide Web, and social networks!

Dr. Cook has been a member of the Montana and American Veterinary Medicine Associations and the American Association of Equine Practitioners since 1971. He volunteers as the Montana State University Rodeo Team veterinarian for the past 41 years and was the veterinarian for the College National Finals Rodeo for 16 years while it was in Bozeman. He provides hours of volunteer work for 4-H and speaks at numerous equine-related group conferences and events. For the last 34 years, he has also been a veterinarian for the Tevis Cup Western States 100 Mile Ride and was invited to vet the Tom Quilty Championship Endurance Ride in Australia in 2013. He has demonstrated his success in balancing his life of work, family, hunting, and community service.

Gary L. Cook

Dr. Gary L. Cook and Dean Slinker

2012 Awards

Presented in 2013

Dr. John L. Poppe ('86 DVM) - Excellence in Public Practice

John PoppeJohn Poppe ('86 DVM) has served his country with the US Army Veterinary Corps and most recently as the assistant surgeon general for force protection. He has earn diplomat status in the American College of Preventative Medicine and has risen through the officer corps to the rank of Brigadier General, a rank rarely achieved by veterinarians serving in the US military. He has served in multiple domestic postings around the continental United States and in Turkey and Korea. He has also provided veterinary support during deployments in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and assisted with the USDA's Avian Influenza Task Force in Virginia. John has received at least 15 achievement or meritorious service awards including the Legion of Merit, the Army Commendation medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He also received the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in veterinary preventive medicine and distinguished military leadership in October 2012. A devoted graduate, he has also regularly returned to WSU to guest lecturer in Dr. Mushtaq Memon's International Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. John L. Poppe and Dean Slinker

Dr. John L. Poppe and Dean Slinker

Dr. Terrance J. Brown ('74 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Terry BrownDr. Terry Brown grew up on a farm in Sprague, WA. He obtained a BS degree in Animal Nutrition from WSU in 1970. After 2 years performing medical research for the Army he moved to private practice in Longview, WA. In 1979 he was recruited to manage and serve as a staff veterinarian at the newly formed Pet Emergency Clinic (PEC) in Spokane. For over 30 years he led ongoing development of the PEC, recruiting numerous specialists to the practice. At least 20 students who worked at the PEC under the mentorship of Dr. Brown went on to graduate from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Brown approached cases in an intelligent analytical fashion, as well as using practical common sense. The term "Grace under Fire" comes to mind when describing Dr. Brown.

Dr. Terry Brown and Dean Slinker

Dr. Terry Brown and Dean Slinker

Dr. Steven C. Budsberg ('80 BS, '83 DVM, '83 MS) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Steven Budsberg

Dr. Steven Budsberg, professor and director of clinical research at the University of Georgia enhances knowledge within the veterinary community through research, teaching residents and veterinary students, mentoring of young faculty, and supporting clinical research. Dr. Budsberg's research has had a major impact on the understanding of osteoarthritis, gait mechanics and orthopedics. He is also a leader in the study of use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in pain management. He established an internationally recognized research laboratory in musculoskeletal research, and is the recipient of over five million dollars in research funding. He has assisted over 35 other laboratories worldwide to establish the force plate technique for gait analysis and has published more than 95 peer-reviewed research papers and 90 research abstracts. Dr. Budsberg is the recipient of numerous awards for research excellence including the AVMA-AKC Excellence in Caine Research Award, Pfizer Animal Health Award and University of Georgia's Creative research medal.

He has served on numerous scientific boards and grant review committees and is currently the Chair of the Council on Research of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of several professional organizations including the AVMA Council on Research, Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; serving as the president from 2008 -2009.

Dean Slinker and Dr. Steven C. Budsberg

Dean Slinker and Dr. Steven C. Budsberg

Dr. Gary L. Seawright ('63 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Gary SeawrightDr. Gary Seawright served as a base veterinarian and preventive medicine officer in the Air Force after graduation, where he addressed epidemiologic issues, taught food sanitation to Turkish food handlers and laid the groundwork for a rabies vaccination program in a Turkish community. Military service was followed by a trainee program at the National Institutes of Health and an assistant professorship in large animal virology and biologics at Ames, IA. He then worked as a scientist and program manager at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The program goal of the Los Alamos Lab was to assist scientists and technologists in national laboratories and universities with the prospect of commercializing their innovations through the entrepreneurial process. Dr. Seawright's vast experience, both theoretical and pragmatic, in the application of veterinary science gave him the skills and knowledge to develop innovative technologies in radiofrequency identification (RFID) to identify and monitor livestock remotely. After proving the valuable functionalities of his novel transmitter and transponder prototypes in animal applications he realized that there were many other potential fields of application such as tracking containerized cargo. Dr. Seawright formed the company Amtech (now Transcore) that ultimately provided hundreds of jobs while modernizing worldwide transportation. He left Amtech to begin another entrepreneurial enterprise, Americulture which produces and markets juvenile and adult tilapia. Dr. Seawright's diverse career is a strong testimony to the versatility inherent in the education received as a veterinarian.

Dr. Gary Seawright and Dean Slinker

Dr. Gary Seawright and Dean Slinker

Dr. E. Eugene Elefson ('63 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

E.E. ElefsonDr. E.E. Elefson had an extraordinarily successful career in private practice at the Northwest Veterinary Clinic from 1969-1998. Growing up on a dairy farm some of his earliest interactions with professionals were with the family veterinarian. After graduation he was inducted into the Air Force Veterinary Medical Corp. and was assigned to the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory where he worked with other health professionals to address complex medical issues associated with space travel. In 1965 he was an instructor and graduate student at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, completing his Ph.D. in 1969. He then joined the Northwest Veterinary Clinic (NVC) as a full time dairy practitioner; a career that continued for 30 years. The NVC veterinarians were innovative. For example they published the first paper on diagnosis and surgical correction of the displaced abomasum. Working with local dairymen Dr. Elefson and the NVC team moved the technique of embryo transfer from a research tool to a practical application with resultant improvement in the genetic quality of meat and milk. He recognized the value of collaboration and was the co-founder of the International Embryo Transfer Society. Dr. Elefson's accomplishments were recognized by the WSVMA in 2003 when he received their Veterinarian of the Year Award. On a personal note, Dr Elefson has a positive attitude about everything, work and life in general, which makes it fun to be around him.

Dr. E.E. Elefson and Dean Slinker

Dr. E.E. Elefson and Dean Slinker

Dr. Robert T. Franklin ('75 BS, '76 BS, ‘79 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Robert FranklinDr. Robert Franklin's priorities are to provide the best care for his animal patients and clients and to be sensitive to the strong feelings of the human-animal bond. He served for nine years on the board of the Delta Society and under his leadership a capital campaign raised 7.6 million dollars to build the Delta Society headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. The Delta Society now has over 11,000 volunteer pet Partners in 50 states and in 16 countries. Dr Franklin has lectured widely about the compelling research results on how animals impact human health. He has presented lectures on animal welfare and human-animal bond at the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association meetings and helped bridge efforts between the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon humane shelter. He has also provided leadership for the development of Hospice guidelines for the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Franklin received the Veterinary Service Award from Region 6 of the American Animal Association in 1995 and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association Animal welfare award in 2000. He is board certified in internal medicine and currently owns an internal medicine referral practice in Oregon.

Dean Slinker and Dr. Robert T. Franklin

Dean Slinker and Dr. Robert T. Franklin

Awards Presented in 2011

Dr. Steven M. Niemi ('82 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Steve NiemiDr. Steve Niemi is an excellent ambassador for veterinary medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He has epitomized good teaching, research and service throughout his career. A hallmark of Dr. Niemi's philosophy has been to promote the science of veterinary medicine as an integral part of medicine as a whole. This concept, although not new, has just recently taken off as we view "one health one medicine" programs at the national and international level.

Dr. Niemi took the term "comparative medicine" to a new level when he advocated for its acceptance in a more literal and universal sense (Niemi, 2006). In his essay he indicated that by studying how a larger variety of human and animal species are treated for a given disease, that we may learn more collectively about better treatments for any of the individual groups of patients. He went on to say that "there can be no difference between human and nonhuman animals as potential sources of knowledge".

Dr. Niemi is well grounded in science, and has placed his science background together with his veterinary degree and his post DVM training in laboratory animal medicine to the best possible use. His work at The Center for Comparative Medicine, at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard University are reflective of his zeal for knowledge. We are most proud of his accomplishments.

Dean Slinker and Dr. Niemi

Dean Slinker and Dr. Niemi

Dr. Norm Rantanen ('67 DVM, '71 MS) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Norm RantanenDr. Norm Rantanen was the recipient of 2011's Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for excellence in teaching and research presented by Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The presentation was part of the events at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners held in San Antonio in November.

Rantanen played a pivotal role in advancing diagnostic imaging in the veterinary profession.  He graduated from WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1967 and began serving in the U.S. Veterinary Corp first at at Walter Reed Army hospital and later in Southeast Asia and Europe.

He completed a Masters degree at WSU while on active duty and after completing his service, he returned to WSU in 1976 and joined the Diagnostic Imaging staff as an assistant professor. He rapidly advanced his knowledge and abilities securing Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiologists. 

Rantanen worked tirelessly as a teacher and diagnostician. During his academic career; he authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications on diagnostic ultrasonography alone. He developed numerous techniques for identification of soft tissue injuries, respiratory lesions, and the acquisition of tissue biopsies, obtained by ultrasonic guidance.

In 1983, he left WSU to begin a private imaging practice. For the next 19 years he worked in an exclusive equine practice. Like all good pioneers, Rantanen committed considerable effort to sharing what he knew through numerous workshops, continuing education formats, and the development of two textbooks on the subject of diagnostic ultrasound. He has lectured from Australia to North America and on to Africa and the Middle East educating thousands of colleagues. 

In 1988, he received the Pioneer Award given at the History of Medical Ultrasound meetings in Washington, DC. In 2003, he was acknowledged by his equine practitioner colleagues for his lifetime of contributions to diagnostic imaging with the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Distinguished Educator Award.

Ultimately Norm was able to bring colleagues together around the multifaceted domain of diagnostic ultrasonography. He served as an organizing force for the creation of the Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society within the American College of Veterinary Radiologists. Not surprisingly the organizing committee elected Rantanen as their founding president.

Drs. Robert Schneider, Norm Rantanen
and Barrie Grant

Drs. Robert Schneider, Norm Rantanen and Barrie Grant

Dr. Charles Sedgwick ('57 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Charles Sedgwick

After Dr. Charles Sedgwick graduated from WSU, he went on to have a distinguished career in zoo medicine. Dr. Segewick has worked in some of the nation's top zoos including the San Diego Zoo and the Sacramento Zoo where he was the Director of Veterinary Services. Most recently he served as Chief Zoological Veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo. He has held posts at the University of California, Davis, Tufts University, and was the project veterinarian for Biosatellite (monkeys in space) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently a consultant in zoo medicine. In 2008, Dr. Sedgwick was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Dr. Charles Sedgwick and Dean Slinker

Dr. Charles Sedgwick and Dean Slinker

Dr. Thomas Meyer ('73 MS, '78 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Thomas Meyer

Dr. Thomas Meyer ('78) and his wife Dr. Jean Meyer established the Mountain View Veterinary Hospital of Vancouver, Wash. in 1979. In 2004, he received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA). Dr. Meyer chaired of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House Advisory Committee from 2002-2003 and has served in the AVMA House of Delegates since 1995. Because of his interest in leadership development, Dr. Meyer is an advocate for the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE), an experiential leadership program for students and faculty that teaches life skills in better communication and collaboration with one another.

Dr. Susan Stover ('74 BS, '76 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Susan Stover

Dr. Susan Stover is a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology at the University of California, Davis. She has an internationally recognized program in equine racing injuries, and her research has helped inform policy changes improving the welfare of racing horses. She was the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Research Award at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2008 she was selected as an Outstanding Women in Racing by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Dr. Susan Stover and Dean Slinker

Dr. Susan Stover and Dean Slinker

Dr. Lance Perryman ('70 DVM, '75 Ph.D.) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Lance Perryman

Dr. Lance Perryman is currently the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He also serves as the Executive Dean to the President's Cabinet. Dr. Perryman first came to WSU in 1964 as an undergraduate and began the DVM curriculum in the fall of 1966. In 1968, he was an NIH predoctoral fellow in the WSU Department of Veterinary Pathology.

After receiving his DVM and Ph.D. at WSU, Dr. Perryman served as a professor and later the director of the Animal Health Research Center at WSU until 1994. That year he took a post as head of the Department of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has published more than 140 refereed scientific publications.

Awards Presented in 2009

Dr. Kathryn A. L. Bayne ('87 DVM Ph.D.) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Kathryn A. L. BayneSince her graduation from WSU in 1987, Dr. Kathryn Bayne has led a distinguished career in bettering the lives of animals used in clinical research. Dr. Bayne has been cited as a true "one health" practitioner with research animals worldwide benefitting from improved care, while society benefits from the scientific advances these animals make possible. At WSU, she completed a PhD in wildlife biology and has joined the National Institutes of Health as a veterinary behaviorist. She is currently the Global Director for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALACI), and an affiliate professor of Animal Science at the University of Hawaii. Her work as an internationally recognized knowledgeable and pragmatic leader in the field of laboratory animal medicine makes her aptly deserving of this year's 2009 Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Awards Presented in 2008

Dr. (George) Steven Krakowka ('71 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. (George) Steven KrakowkaDr. Steven Krakowka (WSU DVM '70) is an outstanding veterinary immunologist and pathologist with major research accomplishments in the study of viral and bacterial disease, while contributing fundamental knowledge of numerous infectious diseases important to veterinary and human medicine. He served for 13 years as the American editor for Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, while maintaining funding for his gnotobiotic laboratory. In 2006 Dr. Krakowka was listed as the 11th most cited veterinary research scientist in the world by Science Watch International. In addition he has been cited as an innovative teacher, and has mentored a number of outstanding veterinarians through their graduate education. His record of achievement is aptly deserving of this years 2008 Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. (George) Steven Krakowka

Dr. George Krakowa and Dean Bayly

Dr. Steven Parish ('73 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Steven ParishThe career of Dr. Steven Parish (WSU DVM '73) spans nearly 35 years in the direct education of veterinary professionals. Recognized by students and peers alike, his distinguished career in large animal medicine includes national teaching awards such as the American Veterinary Medical Association's Teaching Excellence Award, and the North American Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. As a researcher, he has served as co-investigator on 42-projects with a combined funding of over $2 million. In 1998, he was among the team receiving the USDA Secretaries Honor Award for Excellence for development of a preclinical test for Scrapie in sheep. In the clinics, Dr. Parish spends hours each day counseling producers and practioners across the state in everything from individual clinical cases, to herd management. It is this career of inspiration and encouragement that deserves this year's 2008 Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. Steven Parish

Dean Bayly and Dr. Steven Parish

Dr. Jack Robinette ('54 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Jack RobinetteThe success of Dr. Jack Robinette can be measured in the students he taught as a veterinary surgeon at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Of the nearly 20 letters of support we received, many called him "that rare professor who could tie his clinical experience to his academic world." In his two decades of instruction, he developed and mastered soft tissue surgical techniques still employed by today's veterinarians. As a researcher, he was been published in a number of surgical and scientific journals, and was well sought after as a speaker at State and National meetings. For his life of work dedicated to the training of future veterinarians, we honor Dr. Robinette with this year's 2008 Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. Jack Robinette and Dean Bayly

Dr. Jack Robinette and Dean Bayly

Dr. Robert M. Nakamura ('59 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

The work of Dr. Robert M. Nakamura (WSU DVM '59) has had a significant impact on the animal agriculture of Hawaii. His research into dairy cattle where hot climates impact reproductive efficiency and milk production have made Holsteins in that state among the most productive in the world. Research he now promotes to third world countries. Concurrently, his work with fisheries has significantly impacted Hawaii's tuna and aquaculture industry allowing the state to compete internationally. Dr. Nakamura has also played a historical role in his studies of swine influenza with the discovery that animal reservoirs are the primary route of transmission, not a nematode-earthworm vector as previously believed. His name is also synonymous with pre-veterinary studies where he has mentored two generations of students at the University of Hawaii. Privately, he is said to be a consummate baseball fan. His lifetime commitment and dedication are worthy of this year's 2008 Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

Dr. Robert M. Nakamura

Dr. Robert Nakamura and Dean Bayly

Awards Presented in 2007

Dr. Nancy Gillett ('76 BS, '78 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Gillett is currently the President of Global Preclinical Services for Charles River Laboratories. She has distinguished herself with outstanding contributions in toxicological pathology that have had a profound impact on animal and human health.

Provost Robert Bates, Dr Roger McClellan, Dr Gillett and Dean Bayly

Provost Robert Bates, Dr Roger McClellan, Dr Gillett and Dean Bayly

Dr. David Anderson ('61 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Anderson served as the Dean of the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine from 1975 to 1996. His work in medical microbiology and avian medicine includes authoring 30 publications dealing with avian disease, and is most noted for his work uncovering the relationship between environmental conditions, and infectious agents.

Provost Robert Bates, Dr David Anderson
and Dean Bayly

Provost Robert Bates, Dr David Anderson and Dean Bayly

Dr. Michael Hauser ('84 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Hauser is currently the Director of the Dubai Equine Hospital, a position he has held since its inception in 1992. He is credited with being the primary force behind bringing leading edge equine medicine and surgery to the Middle East.

Provost Robert Bates, Dr. Michael Hauser
Dean Bayly and Norm Lewis

Provost Robert Bates, Dr. Michael Hauser
Dean Bayly and Norm Lewis

Awards Presented in 2006

Dr. Kenneth Sinibaldi ('69 DVM) - Excellence in Veterinary Practice

Dr. Kenneth SinibaldiDr. Sinibaldi has dedicated his entire career to developing new and improved procedures for use in veterinary surgery and then sharing them with his colleagues. He has been involved in over 30 major research projects, and has taught for nearly 4 decades. Yet to his closest friends, it is his work as an outstanding practitioner that led to this award.

Dr. Kenneth Sinibaldi

Stories abound both publicly and privately of his treatment of family pets, police dogs, and even zoo animals. Dr. Sinibaldi has donated countless hours of time, and energy to helping agencies such as the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle and King County K-9 Police Departments. Yet perhaps his greatest compliment came from his fellow practitioners who insist there is no better animal caregiver they would rather turn for distinguished surgical treatment and care, then Dr. Kenneth Sinibaldi.

Dr. Kenneth Sinibaldi

Dr. Steve Haskins ('69 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Steve HaskinsDr. Steve Haskins

Dr. Steve Haskins  singular contribution has been his unwavering commitment to development of critical patient care as a specialty within veterinary medicine in which he is considered by many to be an absolute pioneer, and world authority.

Dr. Haskins was a catalyst in forming the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, and established one of the first residency programs in small animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. In his over 60 published research works in anesthesia and critical care, and an equal number of book chapter and teaching publications. He has had a strong impact in the creation of new scientific knowledge in the field, and with the evolution the art and science of intensive patient care.

His students and residents speak of him fondly as a gifted and dedicated teacher, who holds the rare honor of receiving the Norden Distinguished Teacher Awards from two universities (U of Minnesota, UC Davis). He has also received the ACVECC Scientific Achievement Award, the VECCS Distinguished Service Award, and the AMC Distinguished Alumni award. Among the comments written in support of Dr. Haskins, one in particular stands out: there are fewer than a handful of individuals in the world who can match Dr. Haskins from the perspective of world renown, scholarly activity, and teaching skills.

Dr. Loren Koller ('65 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Loren Koller

Dr. Koller has led a long a distinguished career as both a biomedical researcher, and academic veterinary medicine professor. Dr. Koller is credited with pioneering, and founding the scientific discipline known as "immunotoxicology", a worldwide recognized field of research that provides a new direction in both basic and clinical research.

Dr. Loren KollerDr. Koller's early research endeavors led to an entirely new environmental research field that has provided countless career opportunities for veterinarians. From 1985 - 95 he served as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. Dr. Koller has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences for his medical and scientific expertise, and has been invited by the United Nations to serve as an Inspector for Weapons of Mass Destruction. He currently serves as an Environmental Health and Toxicology consultant using his expertise to improve and assure a safe work environment for workers, and the public in general.
Dr. Loren Koller

Dr. Charles Martin ('65 DVM) DVM, MS, DACVO - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Charles MartinDr. Charles L. Martin continued with an internship in small animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania followed by graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he received a Master of Science degree with a specialty in ophthalmology.

He joined the newly established Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968 where he assumed responsibilities for instruction in all disciplines in small animal medicine as well as ophthalmology. Additionally he has held clinical positions at Kansas State University and the University of Georgia serving as chief of staff and then director of the teaching hospital at UGA for nine years. Following retirement he also became a visiting professor at Auburn University.

Dr. Charles Martin
Dr. Charles MartinDr. Martin is a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and its past president serving twice on the board of regents and its examination and credentials committee. He also is a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology.

A distinguished emeritus professor at the University of Georgia he has authored over 150 scientific publications ,including numerous book chapters and two text-books, most recently Ophthalmic Disease in Veterinary Medicine. His pioneering work and reference material in biomicroscopy ,glaucoma and keratoconjunctivits sicca is foundational to training ophthalmologists Hailed as a gifted teacher with a quest for knowledge and scientific advancement in the field of veterinary ophthalmology his career of more than forty years has touched the lives of countless numbers of veterinarians. In making the nomination for Dr. Martin, Dr. William Yarely, ('69) writes "Dr. Martin's research was driven by a need to know, and by the voids in veterinary literature.(His) work is held as the standard today as it was when published some 35 years previous. He didn't seek glory or honors; he just quietly went about his work.

Awards Presented in 2005

Dr. Fletcher Hahn - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Fletcher HahnDr. Fletcher Hahn has made outstanding contributions to understanding the pathogenesis of pulmonary diseases produced by inhaled radioactive and chemical agents. Thus, improving our scientific basis for occupational and environmental human health standards. Dr. Hahn's contributions have been recognized on a national and international level and have brought recognition to the veterinary medical field, in particular, veterinary pathology.

Dr. Hahn has authored or co-authored over 270 papers and reports, and has been called to serve on several national and international expert panels evaluating pathological changes in critical studies used to evaluate human health risks.

For many years, Dr. Hahn was the on-site coordinator for a collaborative research training program conducted by the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in conjunction with the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Purdue University.

Dr. Hahn was employed with US Army Veterinary Corp Division of Nuclear Medicine, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington DC after graduation from WSU in 1964. For 33 years he was employed at Lovelace Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute, Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Fletcher Hahn

Dr. Thomas Newland - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Thomas Newland
Employment History:
  • California Department of Agriculture, Worked on Brucellosis and Tuberculosis in cattle and Trichinosis in swine.
  • General Practice, Chatsworth, CA
  • Los Angeles and Southern California Humane Societies
  • US Army Base Veterinarian, Augsberg, Germany
  • Small Animal Welfare Clinic Associate, Naples, Italy

Membership in Community and Professional Organizations:

  • Post WWII American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Active Parent Teacher Association member when his children were in school.
  • Flying Samaritans
  • Community Chamber of Commerce, Executive Summary during practice years.
  • Student Chapter of the Veterinary Medical Association, 1950-1954
  • California Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
"Tom Newland has always shared wisdom, maturity, and a calm voice."
~Dr. Jack Robinette,

Dr. Newland's priorities in life: maintain health and happiness, to love his family and friends, to think veterinary medicine everyday, and to continue his support of the Class Newsletter (Veterinary Class WSC, 1954). Tom was one of the founders of this annual publication which has been in continuous publication for over 50 years now.

Dr. Thomas Newland

Dr. Marvin Prentice - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Marvin Prentice
Employment History:
  • New Plymouth, ID,  Mixed Practice
  • Long Acres Racetrack, WA  Racetrack
  • Bay Meadows Racetrack, CA Racetrack
  • Started Fairview Pet Clinic in January, 1969, in Goleta, CA  Small Animal Practice (Retired and sold this practice in 2001)

Membership in Community and Professional Organizations:
  • ELKS
  • Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce
  • Goleta Chamber of Commerce
  • WIA - on the job training work force investment act, Santa Barbara County. Dr. Prentice hired people in need and trained them.
  • Regularly spoke at junior and senior high school career days to promote the field of veterinary medicine when his children were in school.
  • Member of American Veterinary Medical Association for 54 years.
  • Member of California Academy of Veterinary Medicine for 28 years. (Academy was discontinued in 2000)
  • Member of California Veterinary Medical Association for 35 years. CVMA has records of Dr. Prentice obtaining 36 CE credits every two years.
  • Santa Barbara Ventura Veterinary Association
  • Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association
  • California Thoroughbred Breeders Association
  • Active member of Dog Adoption and Welfare Group where he actively participated in donating many hours of medical and surgical assistance, giving many dogs a second chance.
  • Active member in Catalyst for Cats trap-neuter-return program. Dr. Prentice was the first veterinarian in Santa Barbara County to help this non-profit organization.

Special Notes/Distinguishing Characteristics:

  • Strong love for orthopedic surgery and developed many specialized pins and plates that he has used.
  • Worked for the County of Santa Barbara Animal Services working essentially for free, donating his time for brain removal of potentially rabid specimens. Noted as being very responsible to the County.
  • Dr. Prentice is a tall man (about 6'7"), but has never been too tall to bend over and clean out a kennel or take out the trash.
  • Daughter Vicki wrote, He is kind, gentle, understanding, and instills character, leadership, and individuality.
Dr. Marvin Prentice

Dr. Prentice's wife Barbara accepting award from Dean Warwick Bayly

Awards Presented in 2004

Dr. Dean Smith - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Dean Smith

This year's winner began his life on a farm in Eastern, Washington, where those who knew him believed early on, he held the talent, interest, and cultural background to become one of the area's top veterinarians. Unfortunately, his dreams took an early turn towards the medical profession. In the early 1940's, he turned to Washington State College, for life as an undergraduate in the pre-medical curriculum.

But his friends tell us, college has a way of guiding young lives. In fact, they seem split on what actually changed his life. Was it his heritage? Perhaps a farm life had instilled within him a lasting interest in animals, and agriculture as a vocation? Others we spoke we insist, it may have been the lure of veterinary college, located at the center of campus, commonly referred to as the vet shack, a place where young students would pass, and find themselves instilled with a curiosity that could last a lifetime. With our award winner's long and prestigious career, it appears our good Doctor, made the right choice.

Passage from a letter written by a fellow classmate regarding the nomination for this award. (He) started out life with a distinct handicap, a congenital webbing of the fingers. I understand that he had corrective surgery at a young age, but the results were not too successful. One would think that his manual dexterity would be compromised, but that was not the case. He played in the high school band, and participated in sports. He still plays golf.
The writer adds I believe (he) has brought out the best in me.


Our award winner brings with him an outstanding host of credentials.

  • Past President of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association
  • Washington State Veterinarian
  • Fullbright Lecturer at the University of Cairo, spending a year with his family in Cairo, Egypt
  • Foreign animal disease diagnostician following training at the USDA facility at Plum Island, New York
  • Director of the Oregon State University Diagnostic lab
  • Was instrumental in the management of paratuberculosis infected herds and the development of a vaccine
  • Was instrumental in the introduction and implementation of fluorescent antibody testing to the diagnostic lab at Oregon State, that reduced diagnostic times from 2 to 3 days to under 2-hours.

But behind his accomplishments, there runs a theme among the many letters we received nominating our winner for this award, telling us this Doctor is a brilliant diagnostician. That he has served as an exemplary model for young professionals through his unfailing courtesy in his interpersonal dealings and accuracy in assessing problems. These are qualities that have best encouraged young students to enter a career in the veterinary profession because they'd like to be just like him.

A close friend describes him as a leader in veterinary medicine, who has helped raise the stature of the profession and that his life achievement, his personality, and his friendship have been an inspiration. We couldn't agree more. In fact, the only person who has been surprised by this award has been the recipient himself.

Dr. Dean Smith

Dr. Dean Smith and Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Dr. Jack Reynolds - Excellence in Teaching and Research

Dr. Jack Reynolds

From his earliest days here at Washington State University we knew our award winner was something special, finishing 2nd in his class a full semester ahead of his classmates. For the past 23-years, he has helped revolutionize the technology and approach to pre-clinical drug safety testing. Our award winner is credited with introducing an integrated model of Risk Management that helps bring new drugs to market, with better understanding of the potential adverse effects of the medication.

Simply put, the model makes drugs more effective, and reduces the time needed to bring them to the marketplace. His contributions have been critical to several of today's leading drugs for human and veterinary medicine including Zoloft, Celebrex, and Relpax, to name a few.

Comments from fellow graduates:
  • He is a pioneer, a vigorous proponent of harnessing new technologies to advance the predictive power of toxicology research.
  • A global thought leader
  • A truly innovative, and uniquely creative thinker
  • is driven to make a difference.
  • he has changed the lives of others.

His friends say, if you ask about which of his personal accomplishments he is most proud, you're likely to hear the story of the day he was challenged to debate his positions on Safety and Evaluation against a conservative European regulator on their long standing precautionary principles. It is those principles upon which many European agencies base their regulatory decisions. Before a crowd of some three thousand, it would be our recipient, who would carry the day, with a resounding 97% support for his innovative ideas.

But his work is not limited to the laboratory. It may be in the classroom, where his greatest achievements are reached. He has developed a Risk Management Seminar Series that has been recognized by an unmatched cadre of leading scientists worldwide in using basic biology in the development of pharmaceuticals. It is a course that has been adopted by the FDA. He is also the founding member of a biomedical consortium that provides K through 12 education to increase the awareness of laboratory animal activities and biological research issues. He has had a significant impact on their latest campaign called Is it Safe?, which helps students make better choices using science, and risk assessment.

Currently, our award winner is the Senior Vice President at Zoetis Global Research and Development, and head of Worldwide Drug Safety and Evaluation, for the world's largest and most successful pharmaceutical company. It is an impressive position that has the potential to affect the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Married, to his lovely wife Nancy, with two children, our 1975 graduate is said to still practice veterinary medicine. But his clients are limited to the pets of friends, and those within his family.

Dr. Jack Reynolds

Dr. Jack Reynolds and Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Awards Presented in 2003

Dr. Tats Matsuoka - Teaching and Research

Dr. Tats Matsuoka

Each year, the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine selects one or two distinguished veterinary Alumni recipients from a list of approximately 3,800 alumni. This year Dr. Tats Matsuoka was awarded the distinguished veterinary Alumni award for both teaching and research.

Dr. Matsuoka was born in Seattle in 1928, the son of immigrant Japanese vegetable farmers who lived in Bellevue. Shortly after World War II started Dr. Matsuoka and his entire family were interned by the U.S. Government, eventually landing in Chinook, Montana. There they were allowed to work on a local farm which resulted in the young man missing some school each fall when he helped with the sugar beet harvest. Still he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in 1946 from Chinook High School and joined the U.S. Air Force. Following his discharge in 1948, he attended the University of Minnesota earning a B.A in microbiology in 1952.

For the next three years he worked at the Montana State Veterinary Research Laboratory where he was associated with such notable veterinarians as Drs. Hadley Marsh, John Safford, and Everitt Tunnicliff. In 1955, he applied to Washington State College's College of Veterinary Medicine and was accepted for the Class of 1959. Following his graduation, he again worked for Montana in both their diagnostic laboratories and the state veterinary research laboratory in Bozeman.

In 1963, Eli Lilly Research Laboratories in Greenfield, Indiana, recruited him to bring his knowledge and experience to their corporate arena. He stayed with Lilly until his retirement in 1992. His first work combined inactivated bacteria and viruses in a novel approach that was successful for treating respiratory disease in calves. This work resulted in at least two of his earliest professional publications and set the stage for decades of collaborative effort with scientists both within and outside of Lilly. While at Lilly, he helped the company develop and market some of the world standards for antibiotics for treating respiratory illnesses in animals. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was leadership of a diverse group of scientists and administrators that resulted in the development of Micotil, a trademarked antibiotic. Micotil was a first-line treatment product used on feedlot cattle to treat and control bovine respiratory disease or Shipping Fever.  He also led the effort to produce a second trademark product, Pulmotil, an antibiotic used to treat and control respiratory diseases in pigs.

Later, he led the effort to produce a key ingredient in the product Coban, used to control coccidiosis in poultry and in Rumensin, a product that increases feed efficiency in cattle. The ingredient was monensin, and he later showed an extraordinary sensitivity of horses to the compound leading to two peer reviewed publications.

Tylosin, an injectable used to control pneumonia in pigs, and as an oral product used to control pneumonia in calves was the focus of his research not long after. Again this research in the so-called corporate laboratory resulted in at least two publications shared by the entire scientific community. In horses however, the drug was shown by our recipient and his team to cause a severe colic and thus the species boundaries were well established once again.

Dr. Matsuoka grew up in a time of war and duress many of us will never experience. His family was uprooted and relocated yet he succeeded as if it never happened. His brothers and sisters all went on to college, too.

The CVM honored Dr. Matsuoka's past work and accomplishments in an awards ceremony at WSU on April 4, 2003.

Dr. Tats Matsuoka

Dr. Tats Matsuoka and Dean Warwick M. Bayly

Awards Presented in 2002

Joe Bergevin, ('60 DVM ) - Excellence in Veterinary Practice

Joe BergevinDr. Joe "JD" Bergevin was born and raised in Walla Walla, Wash, where he learned to train horses.  He later used those skills to put himself through college with rodeo circuit earnings. JD earned a DVM degree from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1960, and founded the Woodinville Equine Hospital (originally the Woodinville Veterinary Hospital) with Dr. Frank Merritt in 1975. Dr. Bergevin is a pioneer in equine arthroscopy, and is considered an expert in the diagnosis of equine lameness, navicular injuries and degeneration. Bergevin has spent a major part of his career learning about the best practical treatments for colic, and more recently he developed major advancements in equine dentistry. His humor, integrity, enthusiasm, knowledge and never-ending curiosity have made him a mentor and an inspiration to many. He was described by a colleague as the "epitome of an equine veterinarian." When describing the practice of veterinary medicine, Dr. Bergevin is fond of the phrase, "Ya gotta have the fever," and he has proven to everyone that he most definitely does.

Awards Presented in 2001

Dr. Conrad Ferreira ('45 DVM) - Excellence in Veterinary Practice

Dr. Conrad FerreiraDr. Conrad Ferreira is the 2001 recipient of the Washington State University Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Veterinary Practice. He is described by colleagues as a "dedicated veterinary practitioner." Dr. Ferreira came to WSU in 1941 and graduated in 1945. Not long after graduation, he established his practice in Cottonwood, CA where he spent 55 years as a veterinarian. He is still a consultant for the practice today. In the past, Ferreira was an advisor to Chico State University and Shasta College, and has been a member of several hospital boards and fair boards. He was inducted into the Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame in 1985, and just over a decade later, he was inducted into Chico State University's Hall of Honor in 1998. In 1991 he was named the American Association for Bovine Practitioners (A.A.B.P.) Bovine Practitioner of the Year. A colleague described Dr. Ferreira as "one of the best known cow doctors of his time."

Dr. Orland Soave ('44 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching & Research

Dr. Orland SoaveDr. Orland Soave was the 2001 recipient of the WSU Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award. Dr. Soave was in private practice from 1947-1953. He then became the Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at Stanford University and served from 1960. He was also an Associate Professor of Microbiology during his time at Stanford. After retirement he continued to serve as a consultant. Soave was a founding member of what is now known as the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, and a past president of ACLAM and the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. Soave published over 100 papers relating to veterinary medicine. His degree in veterinary medicine paired with his Bachelor of Law Degree from LaSalle University made him an expert in veterinary law. He published several books on the topic, including, Animals, The Law, and Veterinary Medicine (1997); The Human Animal Bond (1998); andAnimal Rhythms (1999). Dr. Soave was a leader in his class at WSU and graduated in the class of 1944. He served as director of the Washington State Alumni Association, and helped in many ways to increase external support for the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Soave passed away in April 2004; he will always be remembered for the great contributions he made to the community of veterinary medicine.

Awards Presented in 1999

Dr. Roger McClellan ('60 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching & Research

Dr. Roger McClellan ('60 DVM)Dr. Roger McClellan knew he wanted to attend Washington State from his first visit in 1953.  Then Washington State College, Dr. McClellan was one of 800 students visiting for a Future Farmers of America convention. Dr. McClellan worked at his high school farm as a teen, where he assisted in managing a flock of sheep that were a control group in a Hanford nuclear facility study. It was there that he first became acquainted with Dr. Leo Bustad, a research veterinarian at Hanford and later the dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. As an undergraduate at WSU, McClellan majored in engineering, economics, and pre-vet medicine. He spent his summers working at Hanford, generally assisting Bustad in his research.That paid off when he was able to use the research he conducted on Cesium 137 metabolism, and turn it into his honors thesis. Throughout his career, Dr. McClellan has combined his veterinary work with science and research. It was his post with the United States Atomic Energy Commission Division of Biology and Medicine in Washington, D.C. that gave him insight into national research projects, government funding, and human health concerns. In 1966 at only 29 years old, McClellan was hired at the Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico to run his own lab. He later left Lovelace to serve as president of the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology until 1999. Dr. McClellan was referred to as "the archetype of a WSU veterinary Alumni" by a colleague, and he has advised public and private research efforts throughout his successful career.

Dr. Kyle Frandle ('80 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Kyle Frandle ('80 DVM)Dr. Kyle Frandle graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Biology, and went on to receive his M.S. in Reproductive Physiology at WSU. He later returned as a Coug to complete his DVM in 1980. After graduation, Dr. Frandle interned at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital in small animal medicine and surgery. Soon after, he purchased Los Gatos Dog and Cat Hospital, then a single-doctor practice with one technician. Today Los Gatos is one of the largest general practice facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a staff of 40, seeing over 20,000 patients a year. Kyle returns to WSU annually to bring a real-world perspective to the Diagnostic Challenges course offered to second year students where he discusses leadership and "Life After Veterinary School." His main focus is to assist students in making the transition to veterinary professionals. Frandle is a past president of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Association, and is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, Council of 100 Leadership Committee. He received the Best of Los Gatos Veterinarian award from 1997-2002, and the Town of Los Gatos Commendation in 2003. In 2000 he was named California Humane Society's "Humanitarian of the Year." Dr. Frandle is married with three sons, two cats named Gus and Cat Benetar, and a dog named Annie. In his free time, Dr. Frandle enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family and friends, and gardening. He can often be found at the Santa Cruz Mountain Crystal Creek Vineyard, where he grows grapes and makes wine. And if you're ever in the area, be sure to keep an eye out because you just might see him driving his old truck with the California license plate, "WSU CVM."

Awards Presented in 1998

Dr. Raymond Reed ('51 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching & Research

Dr. Raymond Reed ('51 DVM)It is his great attention to detail and passion for research that makes Dr. Raymond Reed so deserving of the 1999 WSU Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award in Teaching and Research. A 1951 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Reed has spent the majority of his career mentoring students and contributing to substantial research in the area of veterinary medicine. He is considered an expert in the area of livestock and poisonous plants in the southwestern United States, and was the co-author of the publication, "Livestock Poisoning Plants of Arizona." Before coming to WSU, Dr. Reed was a member of the United States Army Air Corp from 1943-46 and earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After graduation in 1951, he worked in private practice at Mesa Veterinary Hospital in Mesa, Arizona until 1952, where they specialized in both farm and small companion animals. He worked nights and weekends at Blue Cross Animal Hospital from 1952-53. Dr. Reed spent much of his career at the University of Arizona as a professor and advisor. He is a member of the AVMA and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, where he served past terms as secretary-treasurer and president. In 1959 he was awarded Arizona Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Reed is married to Verley J. Reed, and has two children, Laurie and Paul.

Dr. Everett Macomber ('63 DVM ) - Excellence in Teaching & Research

Dr. Everett Macomber Dr. Everett Macomber is a 1963 DVM alumni of Washington State University. Dr. Macomber has been involved in organized veterinary medicine for over two decades, during which time he has held offices including president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in 1987, and President of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1992. He served in the AVMA House of Delegates from 1976-84, and was a member of the AVMA Executive Board from 1984-90. Dr. Macomber was the 1993 recipient of the WSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. He has been a member of the Centralia School Board for 10 years and the Centralia Kiwanis Club for 20 years, and has served as president of both organizations. In his free time Dr. Macomber enjoys breeding and selling brood mares. He is married to Barbara Macomber, and they have three children: Lori, Merili and Todd. Macomber was also the recipient of the WSU Dad of the Year Award in 1985.  He is described by colleagues as a confident leader who inspires other vets to "do better as a veterinarian and as a person."

Awards Presented in 1996

Dr. Stanley B. Coe ('57 DVM) - Excellence in Practice

Dr. Stanley B. CoeDr. Stanley B. Coe received his DVM from Washington State University in 1957. He studied one year of his undergrad at Central Washington College (now Central Washington University) before transferring to finish his undergrad at WSU as well. Dr. Coe has worked at both the Guilfoil Animal Hospital and the Elliott Bay Animal Hospital. He is well-known for his contributions to the re-opening of the Doney Clinic in Seattle in 1988. The Doney Clinic treats animals of the homeless for free. This clinic is totally supported by private efforts and were it not for Dr. Coe's willingness to volunteer his time, the success of the clinic would not have been possible. He has been past president of several organizations, including Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at WSU, King County Cougar Club, the Seattle Veterinary Medical Association, Magnolia Kiwanis Club in Seattle, and the WSU Alumni Association. He served two terms on the Seattle Animal Control Commission. Dr. Coe was Chairman of Board of Deacons, Chairman of Board of Trustees, and Vice Moderator at the Magnolia Congregational Church in Seattle. He received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1987, and was the 1988 Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Coe has contributed to WSU in many ways, including serving as Campaign Chair for the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, and on the WSU Veterinary Alumni Board of Directors. Dr. Coe has a wife, Marge, and two children: Cindy and Roger. He is described as a loving and committed father and grandfather, and was WSU "Dad of the Year" in 1984. His hobbies include fishing and hunting in his free time.

Dr. Floris M. (Dick) Garner ('50 DVM) - Excellence in Teaching & Research

Dr. Floris M. (Dick) GarnerAfter receiving his DVM in 1950 from WSU, Dr. Floris M. (Dick) Garner went to work at Kindness Animal Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona for a year. He then enrolled in the Veterinary Corps in the U.S. Army at various installations. He served in the army from 1951-58. In 1958, he began work at the Veterinary Pathology Division of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, DC, where he stayed until 1971. From 1971-72 Dr. Garner worked at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC and after that moved to work at Litton Bionetics, Inc. in Kensington, Maryland. He was at Litton Bionetics, Inc. for 5 years. After leaving Litton Bionetics in 1977, Dr. Garner began work as a consultant in veterinary pathology in Rockville, Maryland. A friend of Dr. Garner said, "His commitment and enthusiasm for excellence in veterinary pathology have inspired me." Dr. Garner has been a member of various professional organizations ranging from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Academy of Pathology, to the AVMA and the World Federation of Neuropathologists. He was president of the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association in 1970. He also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists from 1967-1973, and was president in 1975. Dr. Garner has always been active in his community, serving as a member of the Impaired Veterinarians Committee for the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, and Councilor for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has also been a consultant in veterinary medicine to the Property Owners Association in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Dick is married to Anita C. Garner, and they have three children: Richard, Timothy and Michael. His hobbies include pistol marksmanship, photography, travel, and he is considered a Civil War buff by friends, enjoying the history of the war.