DVM Alumni Awards

Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is given to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to animals and/or the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Presented in 2020

Dr. Stacy L. Pritt

Stacy Pritt is the assistant vice president of Conflict of Interest and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She also oversees export control compliance and stem cell research oversight as well as regulatory compliance for one of the largest biomedical research programs in the United States. During her career, Dr. Pritt has held numerous positions in both academia and industry and is a nationally recognized authority on research program regulatory compliance, animal welfare, and administrative leadership. She has been on faculty at the Harvard Medical School where she served as associate director for animal care, training, and operations and was the director of regulatory compliance and animal welfare at Covance, Inc. Dr. Pritt regularly speaks to research and veterinary audiences across the United States and has authored multiple publications on management and regulatory compliance. She earned two master’s degrees, one in managerial science and the other in business administration in healthcare management and is a charter diplomate by examination of the American College of Animal Welfare and currently serves as president of the specialty college. Outside of biomedical research, she has also served as the vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and was a co-founder then president of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.

Presented in 2009

Dr. James McBain

James F. McBain

Dr. James McBain (DVM '68) is considered a pioneering expert in marine mammal veterinary medicine. He has authored and coauthored no fewer than 83 scientific papers, books and presentations on marine mammals and is recognized worldwide for his experience and expertise. Dr. McBain is seen by his peers as having fundamentally altered the way in which marine mammal medicine is practiced. For over 20 years he has worked for SeaWorld/Busch Entertainment Corp. in San Diego where he served as the Vice President of Corporate Veterinary Services, overseeing five parks, and the largest collection of marine mammals in the world. Given the unique nature of his specialty, Dr. McBain also serves to mentor and train countless veterinarians seeking his specialized knowledge. Among his special goals, is a determination to educate us on the impacts of human overpopulation on the world's wildlife. It is this dedication to the profession we find most admirable in awarding the 2009 Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Outstanding Service.

Dr. James McBain & Dean Slinker

Dr. James McBain and Dean Slinker

Presented in 2008

Dr. Matthew Maberry

Matthew Maberry

Matthew Maberry (DVM '47)has spent his entire career dedicated to zoo medicine. In many respects he is seen as a pioneer in blazing a trail in the field of zoo medicine. His work at the Zoological Gardens in Portland dates back to 1958, while practicing at the Seaside Aquarium for over three decades. His hands on research has led to key zoo animal discoveries ranging from the use of electro-cardiography in wild and marine animals, to safer uses of tranquilizer techniques. In early 1962, Dr. Maberry's work to save the first elephant born in the US in nearly 50 years became the focus of a major article in Life magazine. His lifetime of service in this previously uncharted area of veterinary medicine is the basis for this year's 2008 Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Alumni Award for Outstanding Service.

(March 2011) Dr. Maberry recalls the birth of the first elephant born in the United States in more than 40 years in "Packy & Me: The Incredible Tale of Doc Maberry and the Baby Elephant Who Made History." Maberry, 93, wrote the memoir with his wife, Patricia, and Michelle Trappen, a former reporter for The Oregonian. More

Presented in 2007

Dr. Valery Shean

Valery Shean (DVM '88) for Outstanding Service (she is unable to attend the banquet) - For the past 15 years, Dr. Shean has worked in Uganda, with the Karamojong tribe, dedicating her veterinary talents to those less fortunate. She cares and treats local animals, whiled developing better food stocks with drought resistant crops, and even establishing a program to feed widows and orphans using much of her own money. All this within the confines of a remote area, often beset with the violence of civil unrest.

Presented in 2006

Dr. Marc Mattix

Marc Mattix

Dr. Marc Mattix (WSU '83) is a Colonel in the US Army Reserves, and serves as the Assistant Chief of the US Army Veterinary Corps. His work has long been in integrating animal and public health surveillance, along with being engaged in emergency and terrorism preparedness from the local to national level. His expertise as a Veterinary pathologist is apparent in the over 200 publications and presentations he has produced that have had significant impact in implementing safeguards for all of America. Currently, he serves as a pathologist with the Montana Veterinary diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Mattix is the past President of the Montana Veterinary Medical Association and serves on the Gallatin County Board of Health. He is an Affiliate Professor at Montana State University and an Adjunct Professor at Purdue University. Privately, friends say he is also an accomplished fiddle player.

Dr. Douglas Butchart

Doug Butchart

Dr. Doug Butchart's (WSU '54) distinguishments include serving as the Agricultural Officer with the Agency for International Development in Tunisia, North Africa where he is credited with laying the foundation for that country to improve and sustain its dairy industry.

Instead of importing 40% of the country's predicted milk, the country was self-sustaining some 18-years later. His work has extended to initiating breeding programs in Morocco, enhancing food safety and production in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of neighboring Afghanistan, and has obtained the highest rank possible as a Foreign Service Officer in a singular professional achievement. His work also led to postings in outposts such as two years in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta (now called Burkina Faso), five years in Tunisia, and three years in Pakistan. 

In making his nomination, Dr. Bill Kelso writes the value of (his) achievement should be viewed from the thousands of beneficiaries who will have a more sufficient supply of nutritious food. His vision of what was needed for a sustained long term effort of improvement shows his wisdom in program planning. Dr. Butchart is also the recipient of the Distinguished Diplomate Award by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Presented in 2001

Dr. Willard Gregory Nelson

Willard Gregory Nelson

Willard Gregory Nelson (WSU '61) ("Greg") has been described by his colleagues as an advisor and a mentor. He is someone thought to have integrity, insight, and a deep commitment to public service. Nelson had a private veterinary practice from 1963-66, but after a leg fracture prevented him from performing large animal practice, he made a career change to work for the Idaho Department of Agriculture until 1978, when he began work at the Bureau of Animal Health. He was appointed as Director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture in 1990 and served until 1995. He also served as mayor of Kuna, Idaho from 1983-2003 and again in 2011.

Nelson is credited with assisting in the improvement in the Idaho Brucellosis Program after an outbreak of brucellosis in Idaho cattle herds. His improved program led to a brucellosis free status in Idaho. He also played a major role as a leader in disease control efforts toward the eradication of Bovine Tuberculosis from Idaho in 1990. Nelson worked with the cattle industry to develop and implement a Trichomoniasis Control Program for the state of Idaho after the Trichomonas fetus infection in cattle became a serious detriment to the economy of cattle production. This program has been in effect since 1989 and since its induction, the prevalence of the disease has been reduced by 82 percent.

In his free time, Greg Nelson enjoys rockhounding, painting, and playing with his grandchildren. He is also a talented poet and writer.

Presented in 1994

Dr. Mary Ellen Gorham

Mary Ellen Gorham

Mary Ellen Gorham (WSU '79) was the recipient of the first ever College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Service Award in 1994. Gorham, a 1979 WSU graduate, was the regular correspondent for animal issues for D.V.M. magazine, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, theColumbian in Vancouver, Wash., and the Salt Lake City Tribune. Every week readers could enjoy the Gorham’s lively writing as she combined her passions for journalism, business, and, of course, animals. Gorham’s interest in animals first sparked in 1944 when she married John Gorham, a research leader at the time for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the WSU College of Agriculture at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Mary Ellen’s career in writing about animals started with a short stint at KWSU, the local National Public Radio affiliate. Because John was a veterinarian, James Herriot, author of All Creatures Great and Small, granted Mary Ellen an interview with him at his home in Thirsk, England. Gorham loves to travel, and at last count in 1994 she had visited 56 countries!