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2011 ACVIM Forum Recap Denver, Colorado, June 15–18, 2011

Dr Richard LeCouteur (Immediate Past Chair of the Board), Dr Jeffrey Toll (At-Large Member), Dr Michelle Henry Barton (Large Animal Internal Medicine President), Dr Natasha Olby (Neurology President), and Dr Mark Oyama (Cardiology President), completed their terms of office on the Board of Regents during the 2011 ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo. Membership and staff of the ACVIM extend their gratitude to these members for their many years of creative input and dedicated service to the College.

Dr Eleanor Hawkins, outgoing Chair of the Board, was recognized at the General Membership Meeting for her most recent four years of leadership on the Board. Incoming Chair, Dr Jean Hall, presented Dr Hawkins with a gift of appreciation from the College.

Five new voting members joined the Board of Regents: Dr Debra Zoran (ACVIM Vice President), Dr Rance Sellon (At-Large Member), Dr Allen Roussel (Large Animal Internal Medicine President), Dr Simon Platt (Neurology President), and Dr Jonathan Abbott (Cardiology President).

Board meetings were held over three days, preceding and following the ACVIM Forum in Denver, where many vital issues were discussed. Your Board members are your representatives. Feel free to contact any of them if you have a concern or issue you think should be considered by the Board.

2011–2012 ACVIM Board of Regents

Chair of the BoardDr Jean Hall
President of the CollegeDr Leah Cohn
President-ElectDr Virginia Buechner-Maxwell
Vice PresidentDr Debra Zoran
At-Large MemberDr Dianne McFarlane
At-Large Member Dr Rance Sellon
Small Animal Internal Medicine PresidentDr Steve Marks
Large Animal Internal Medicine PresidentDr Allen Roussel
Oncology PresidentDr Chand Khanna
Neurology PresidentDr Simon Platt
Cardiology PresidentDr Jonathan Abbott
Chief Executive Officer (nonvoting)Ms Roberta Herman
Professional Liaison (nonvoting)Dr William Fenner
Immediate Past Chair of the Board (nonvoting)Dr Eleanor Hawkins

Additional participants at Board meetings (all nonvoting)

ACVIM Foundation Interim Board PresidentDr Julie Ducoté
ACVIM Forum Program ChairDr Susan White
ACVIM Forum Program Vice ChairDr Marlene Hauck
Advanced Continuing Education Committee ChairDr Harold McKenzie
Education & Research Committee Chair Dr Kathryn Meurs
General Exam Committee ChairDr Katharine Lunn
International Relations Committee ChairDr Natasha Olby
JVIM Co-Editor-in-ChiefDr Stephen DiBartola
JVIM Co-Editor-in-ChiefDr Kenneth Hinchcliff
Marketing & Communications Committee ChairsDr Christopher Byers
Dr Frederick Drazner
Oncology President-electDr Jeff Bryan
Small Animal Internal Medicine President-electDr Jane Sykes

Resident Research Awards Presented at Denver ACVIM Forum

The ACVIM supports the generation and dissemination of new knowledge through research. Congratulations to the 2011 ACVIM Resident Research Award winners!

Recipients of the 2011 ACVIM Resident Research Awards

Dr Jenna Burton

Colorado State University

“Low-Dose Cyclophosphamide Selectively Depletes Regulatory T Cells and Inhibits Angiogenesis in Dogs with Soft Tissue Sarcoma”

Dr James Campbell

North Carolina State University

“Assessment of Cord Dorsum Potentials from Caudal Nerves in Clinically Normal Dogs”

Dr Ryan Garcia

University of California-Davis

“The Use of Blood and Urine Galactomannan Antigen Test for the Diagnosis of Canine Systemic Aspergillosis”

Dr Ruth Gostelow

Royal Veterinary College

“Plasma Free Metanephrine and Normetanephrine Concentrations are Elevated in Dogs with Pheochromocytoma”

Dr Karin Kruger

North Carolina State University

“Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Quinapril in Horses”

Dr Brian Maran

Washington State University

“Identification of Two Deletion Polymorphisms within the Canine Beta-1 Adrenoceptor Gene”

Dr Rosie Naylor

Royal Veterinary College

“Influence of Allele Copy Number on Skeletal Muscle Histopathology in Horses with Type 1 Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy”

Dr Valerie Parker

Iowa State University

“Association Between Body Condition and Survival in Dogs with Acquired Chronic Kidney Disease”

Dr Davin Ringen

University of Missouri

“Epidemiology of Mastitis Pathogens in Heifers on a Grazing Dairy”

Dr Nicole Smee

Kansas State University

“Investigations into the Effect of Cranberry Extract on the Bacterial Adhesion to Canine Uroepithelial Cells”

Welcome the Newest ACVIM Diplomates

The following veterinarians completed all requirements for Board-certification within the past year and were invited to receive their official ACVIM Diplomate Certificates during their Specialties’ Luncheon at the ACVIM Forum in Denver. Congratulations to these new ACVIM Diplomates on their accomplishment.


Justin W. Allen, Chicago, Ill.

Nevena Borozan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Richard E. Cober, Columbus, Ohio

Michael F. Cocchiaro, Charleston, S.C.

Kimberley Hawkes, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Markus Killich, Ismaning, Germany

Jeremy M. Orr, Aurora, Ill.

Gordon D. Peddle, Fairfield, N.J.

Mandi Kleman, Stamford, Conn.

Robert J. Schutrumpf, Medford, Mass.

Katherine F. Scollan, Corvallis, Ore.

Sarah M. Scruggs, Denver, Colo.

Cassidy D. Sedacca, Sarasota Springs, N.Y.

Sandra P. Tou, Raleigh, N.C.

Danielle L. Yuhas, Lawndale, Calif.

Large Animal Internal Medicine

Cody J. Alcott, Ames, Iowa

Rosa Barsnick, Braunschweig, Germany

Kelly Lynn Carlson, Champaign, Ill.

Katelyn R. Carney, Albanby, Ore.

Henry B. Carslake, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Julie Dauvillier, Les Breviaires, France

Rebecca A. Funk, Blacksburg, Va.

Tiffany Lee Hall, Navasota, Texas

Laura Y. Hardefeldt, South Australia, Australia

Jaime L. Hustace, Wellington, Nev.

Alisha M. Janzen, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Vengai Mavangira, Auburn, Ala.

Maeva Louise May, Kennett Square, Pa.

Katharyn Jean Mitchell, Gilborn, Victoria, Australia

Joan L. Norton, Sheridan, Ind.

Nelson Pinto-Hernandez, Raleigh, N.C.

Courtney Rand, Sanger, Calif.

Mary K. Sheats, Holly Springs, N.C.

Diana M. Short, Palouse, Wash.

Katharine M. Simpson, Stillwater, Okla.

Alice Stack, East Lansing, Mich.

Benjamin Uberti, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kati Vainio, Degerby, Finland

Anita Varga, Alberta, Canada

Jamie M.G. Wearn, Chino Hills, Calif.

Sonya Wilsterman, Jackson, Wyo.

Lauren Nicole Wise, Pullman, Wash.


David Michael Brewer, Leesburg, Va.

Laura Browand-Stainbeck, Las Vegas, Nev.

Sheila Carrera-Justiz, Los Angeles, Calif.

Andrea M.K. Finnen, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

James J. Hammond, Clinton, Conn.

Rossi Ann House, Nashville, Tenn.

Fiona M.K. James, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Jason B. King, Charleston, S.C.

Dominique Paquette, Sainte-Genevieve, Quebec, Canada

Michael A. Wong, Miami, Fla.


Laura Goodman Accola, Hartland, Wis.

Katharine Mary Andres, San Francisco, Calif.

Sandra M. Barnard, Columbus, Ohio

Lynda Beaver, Gilbert, Ariz.

Michael O. Childress, West Lafayette, Ind.

Amanda Kristine, Elpiner North Canton, Ohio

Michael S. Henson, St. Paul, Minn.

Kenji Hosoya, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Brian D. Husbands, St. Paul, Minn.

Janet C. Lori, Argyle, Texas

Pamela W. Lucas, Irmo, S.C.

Christina A. Manley, Reston, Va.

Angela L. McCleary, Wheeler Rochester, Minn.

Dorthy Elizabeth Parshley, Olympia, Wash.

Suzanne E. Rau, Jamestown, N.C.

Kai-Biu Shiu, Madison, Wis.

Chelsea D. Tripp, Edmonds, Wash

Jarrod M. Vancil, Tustin, Calif.

Small Animal Internal Medicine

Lucia Alvarez, San Antonio, Texas

Brianna B. Backlund, Middletown, Conn.

Meg J. McBrien, Dallas, Pa.

Reto Barmettler, Emmen, Switzerland

Brier M. Bostrom, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Christina A. Bradbury, Meadow Vista, Calif.

Sibylle Buob, Wavell Heights, Queensland, Australia

Kristin N. Cameron, Manlius, N.Y.

Scott Ayers Campbell, Louisville, Ky.

Stephan A. Carey, East Lansing, Mich.

Shannon Carley, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Isabelle N. Cattin, Mildenhall, United Kingdom

Serge Chalhoub, Charleston, S.C.

Amy P. Cordner, New York, N.Y.

Ashley Marie Cruse, Long Beach, Calif.

Michael A. Della Ripa, Cincinnatti, Ohio

Brandy N. Dugas, Anchorage, Ark.

Jason M. Eberhardt, Phoenix, Ariz.

Joshua M. Elliot, Vancouver, Wash.

Sarah K. Flint, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Claudia Fraune, Zurich, Switzerland

Isuru Gajanayake, Solihull, United Kingdom

Julie Gallay Quartier, Lagoubran Olliolis, France

Michael R. Geist, San Diego, Calif.

Kelly M. Gisselman, Arlington, Va.

Lucie Victoria Goodwin, Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom

Todd A. Green, Great River, N.Y.

Avril Hamel-Jolette, Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Canada

Andrew S. Hanzlicek, Stillwater, Okla.

Crystal Hoh, Overland Park, Kan.

James B. Hummel, Cary, N.C.

Sarah J. Irom, Cleveland, Ohio

Lisa A. Keno, Easton, Conn.

Tyler C. Klose, Milwaukee, Wis.

Jonathan J. Kreissler, Miami, Fla.

Emily Freya Kruger, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Leslie A. Kuczynski, Westmont, N.J.

Tara E. Lampman, Manchester, N.H.

Elizabeth S. Lechner, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Sarah B. Love, Fairbanks, Ark.

Sascha V. Mace, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Ashley A. Martin, Raleigh, N.C.

Suzanne N. May, Hawthorne, N.J.

Erika N. Meler, Laval, Quebec, Canada

Jessica A. Morgan, Portsmouth, N.H.

Courtney E. North, Estero, Fla.

Saskia Quante, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong

Erica V. Queen, Orangeville, Calif.

Lara K. Rose, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Allison A. Sande, Clarksburg, Md.

Stefan Schellenberg, Urdorf, Switzerland

Lauren E. Sikorski, Oakdale, N.Y.

Dennnis Justin Slade, Vienna, Va.

Andrea J. Sotirakopoulos, San Diego, Calif.

Amy M. Tamulevicus, Red Bank, N.J.

Mary Katherine Tolbert, Raleigh, N.C.

Amy Kaye Totten, Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Sameer Trivedi, Los Angeles, Calif.

Flurin Tschuor, Wikon, Switzerland

Amanda Leigh Wagner, Madison, Wis.


Dennis O'Brien, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) was named the 2011 recipient of the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence at the 29th annual ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo.

Throughout his career, Dr O'Brien has engaged in innovative research while assembling a team of basic and clinical scientists that tap into the amazing advantages of the comparative and translational approaches to discovery.


Dr Joan Coates presents Dr Dennis O'Brien with the 2011 Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence at the 2011 ACVIM Forum in Denver. Colo.

Dr O'Brien, a professor of neurology at the University of Missouri, is currently focusing his research on the phenotypic and genotypic understanding of Parkinson's disease using a canine model of naturally-occurring multiple system atrophy.

The Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence provides an avenue for recognition of outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession by Diplomates of the ACVIM. Presented annually, recipients have outstanding careers in veterinary medicine with national and international recognition for their contributions and service in such activities as clinical medical practice, instruction, research, and / or public service.


John E. Oliver, Jr., DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology, Small Animal Internal Medicine) was named the 2011 recipient of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's (ACVIM) Distinguished Service Award at the 29th annual ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo.

Dr Oliver has received many prestigious awards for his work in the veterinary profession, including the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence in 1994. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the author of several renowned books.

Dr Oliver has also successfully supervised many residents over the years. He is currently the Professor Emeritus, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Professor Emeritus, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia.


Dr Patricia Luttgen presents Dr John E. Oliver, Jr., with the 2011 ACVIM Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo.

The ACVIM Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service by an ACVIM Diplomate, in a volunteer capacity, to the College. Presented annually, recipients have an outstanding record of service to the ACVIM either as an elected official of the College, or through voluntary service on task forces, committees, or as an advocate of the ACVIM to the veterinary profession or public.