At ceremonies held during the 2018 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.
Dr. Tom Holechek
South Clackamas Veterinary Service, Molalla
Nominated by: Dr. Andrea Duvall
The Animal Welfare Award recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
According to Dr. Andrea Duvall, who nominated her colleague for this award, Dr. Tom Holechek is an unsung hero in the dairy industry. Unconcerned with bucking tradition, he doesn’t hesitate to challenge the dairy industry to do better – always advocating for the health and welfare of the cows ahead of production results. At his mixed animal clinic in Molalla, Dr. Holechek spends time educating and training dairy workers on proper care and welfare – in part to reach the best yield of milk, but also to provide the cows with better and healthier lives.
A few examples of his work: Dr. Holechek became seriously concerned with the use of the Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin hormone. The cows at Mallories Dairy in Silverton produced slightly more milk, but they also were burning out at young ages, which was unacceptable. Dr. Holechek convinced the dairy to stop using the hormone – the first dairy in Oregon to do so. Soon many other dairies followed suit. With the change, cows were now living longer lives, which meant more milk, and were not being sacrificed for a small initial gain.
Dr. Holechek noticed that the cows under his care were injuring themselves as they navigated inadequate sized stalls – and that their stress level seemed to increase while in a confined space. He insisted that the dairies he worked with enlarge the stalls, which resulted in fewer injuries, less stress, and better milk production.
Dr. Holechek also quickly became an advocate for individual hutches for calves, especially when he began noticing high mortality among them. By sequestering each calf, he could better monitor and manage their development and identify illnesses quicker, which led to more expedient veterinary care and treatment.
It has been said that “there is nothing permanent but change.” Dr. Tom Holechek looks to stay ahead of the curve with regard to the welfare of his patients.
Sound Equine Options
Kim Mosiman, Executive Director
Nominated by: Dr. Bob Franklin
The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.
This past summer, as a raging wildfire swept through parts of the Columbia River Gorge, Sound Equine Options began alerting its network of partners about immediate and pending evacuations of animals in the area. There was no time to waste, and the nonprofit needed people ready to step into action to gather and haul endangered animals from peril to safety in barns, stables, local fairgrounds – essentially any place where horses, cows, sheep, goats and other livestock could be housed safely. In all, Sound Equine Options, Multnomah County Animal Services, and many other disaster preparedness partners rescued more than 500 animals.
Sound Equine Options was founded in 2009 by Columbia Equine Hospital’s owner, Dr. Scott Hansen, and practice manager and technician, Kim Mosiman, to assist the growing number of area horse owners who no longer could afford to properly care for their animals. Sound Equine Options has grown into a licensed rescue that focuses on ending the cycle of abandonment, neglect, abuse and suffering of horses in the region. The nonprofit assists with neglect and abuse cases, often coordinating efforts with the Oregon Humane Society. They also have broader outreach and working relationships with law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Washington.
Beth James (Fandrey)
Osburn Veterinary Clinic, Florence & Reedsport
Nominated by: Dr. Tanya Percifield
This award recognizes the role of the practice/office manager in clinical practice and salutes an individual who has exhibited exceptional professionalism in leading the practice.
As practice manager for 18 years, Beth has helped the Osburn Veterinary Clinic in Florence and Reedsport flourish, growing into multi-doctor businesses. She also provided the oversight and guidance of major remodels at both practice locations. In addition to overseeing the clinics' website and social media presence, Beth is the IT specialist and medical software expert. She oversees all purchasing and manages the financial resources. Other roles include developing a quarterly publication for the clinic’s equine clients, and serving as the liaison between the doctors and the industry representatives who call on the practice. And whenever there is a need for an extra hand either up front, in an exam room, or in the patient treatment area, Beth is ready to roll up her sleeves and step in to assist.
According to Dr. Tanya Percifield, a former associate who nominated Beth for this award, she is a shining beacon for the business: “Beth is a person of high moral character. When I came to the clinic as a new graduate, she was the first person to welcome me and set the tone for the rest of the staff.” This tone includes exceptional client service along with dedicated and compassionate patient care.
Beth is an active member of the Western Oregon Veterinary Managers Association, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Emilio DeBess MPVM
State Public Health Veterinarian
Presented by: Dr. Bob Franklin
The President's Award is given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA and veterinary medicine.
As Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. DeBess started collecting and documenting canine and feline diseases of veterinary importance in 2005 and has continued with his yearly reports. He directs the collection of important information on animal disease and veterinary zoonotic disease reporting in Oregon. In 2007, during a period of pet food recalls due to melamine contamination, Dr. DeBess and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association coordinated efforts to get a better understanding of the direct concern in our state, to inform and educate practitioners about the crisis, and to share a unified message to the media.
This year, Dr. DeBess has provided veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians with helpful updates on the Canine Influenza Virus outbreak that has been spreading in California and Nevada, with one confirmed case reported in Southern Oregon.
In addition to his vital role in public health, Dr. DeBess is a practicing veterinarian -- a relief practitioner and an emergency clinician. He volunteers to assist the Pongo Fund, distributing pet food to those in need, and the PAW Team, providing medical care to pets of homeless individuals. Dr. DeBess is currently serving as the chair of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board and the president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
1963 Dr. Vic Oliver
1952 S.L. Brown, Charles Evans, T. Sims
1954 E.L. Peterson
1972 Walter Leth, James Short
1989 Morrie Craig
1993 Nan Dewey
2000 Kelvin Koong
Award of Merit
1961 Dr. Herb Muth
1966 Dr. E. Derflinger, Dr. Ralph Plamondon
1970 Dr. Gary Bryan
1973 Dr. Dallen Jones
1976 Dr. Ed Wedman
1983 Dr. Linda Blythe, Dr. Daryl Leu
1985 Dr. Elwyn Coon, Dr. Norm Hutton, Dr. Charles Seagraves
1989 Dr. Jack Hardesty, Dr. Fay Rankin, Dr. Ron Schmidtke
1991 Dr. Gordon Cunningham, Dr. Richard Hillmer, Dr. DuWayne Penfold
1995 Dr. Andrew Mach, Dr. Ed Wedman, Dr. Robert Whittaker
Presented to a veterinarian who has generously contributed time and energy for the advancement of the profession and community.
1996 Dr. Richard Werner
1997 Dr. Billy Kuhl
1998 Dr. Dick Reid
1999 Dr. Roy Peterson
2000 Dr. Richard Coon
2001 Dr. Don Bailey
2002 Dr. Stan Blinkhorn
2003 Dr. Leo van Dijk
2004 Dr. DuWayne Penfold
2005 Dr. Marty DeWees
2006 Dr. Jerry Boggs
2009 Dr. Scott Hendy
2010 Dr. Susan Loomis
2011 Dr. Steve Brown
2013 Dr. Robert Franklin
2014 Dr. Bill Young
Outstanding Industry Representative
Recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to the OVMA and the profession.
1996 Terrie Corcoran, Burns Veterinary Supply
1997 Leroy Ostrem, The Butler Company
1998 Rick Casey, Hoechst Roussel Vet
1999 Jim Houts, Summit Medical Equipment
2000 Linda Melton, IDEXX Veterinary Services
2001 Loren Heryford, The Butler Company
2003 Marge Strother, Merial
2004 Bruce Mackey, Hill's Pet Nutrition
2005 John Herkner, Pfizer Animal Health
2011 Vern Mason, Butler Schein Animal Health
2013 Jay Donkers, Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis)
Given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA.
1996 Dr. Martha DeWees, Dr. Scott Hendy
1997 Dr. Jerry Boggs
1998 Dr. Merry Crimi
1999 Mr. Glenn Kolb
2000 Dr. Doug McInnis
2001 Mr. Dave Barrows
2002 Dr. Kurt Schrader
2003 Dr. Steven Brown
2004 Ms. Marcia Keith
2005 Dr. Gordon Cunningham
2006 Spouses and Partners of Veterinarians
2007 Dr. Rich Holdren
2008 Ms. Marge Strother, Lilly Companion Pet
2009 Dr. Matthew Fricke
2010 Ms. Lara Smith
2011 Dr. Cyril Clarke, OSU CVM Dean
2012 Dr. Donald McCoy & Dr. Larry Anderson
2013 Salem Friends of Felines
2014 Dr. Tom Keck
2015 Dr. Keith Sides
2016 Dr. Brad LeaMaster
2017 Judy Tate CVT
2018 Dr. Emilio DeBess
Veterinarian of the Year
Awarded to a veterinarian who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service to local, state and/or national organizations.
1969 Dr. E.R. Derflinger
1996 Dr. DuWayne Penfold
1997 Dr. Doug Corey
1998 Dr. Don McCoy
1999 Dr. Andrew Clark
2000 Dr. Marty DeWees
2001 Dr. Scott Hendy
2002 Dr. Brad Frank
2003 Dr. Heidi Buehner-McKenzie
2004 Dr. Leon Pielstick
2006 Dr. Paul Jones
2007 Dr. Jon Betts
2011 Dr. Gregg Takashima
Animal Welfare Award
Recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
1998 Dr. Doug Evans
1999 Dr. Laird Goodman
2000 Dr. Bob Franklin
2002 Dr. Brad Pope
2004 Dr. Ken Fletcher
2009 Dr. Doug McInnis
2010 Dr. Doug Evans
2011 Dr. Scott Hansen
2012 Dr. Barbara Kahl
2015 Dr. Deborah LaPaugh
2018 Dr. Tom Holechek
Veterinary Service Award
Recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well being of animals. Emphasis for this award is placed on educating the public, research, or the practice of veterinary medicine.
1998 Kim Singer, KPTV-12
1999 Feral Cat Coalition
2000 Deborah Wood, The Oregonian
2001 Dr. Barclay Slocum
2002 The Halo Group
2003 Evan Kalik, Cat Adoption Team
2005 Dr. Howard Wagner
2006 Oregon Humane Society
2008 Dr. Matthew Maberry
2009 Dr. Jerry Boggs
2010 Larry Chusid, The Pongo Fund
2011 Dr. Bill McCulloch, Delta Society co-founder
2012 Susan Faria, Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon
2013 Britta Bavaresco, ASAP
2014 Monique Balas, The Oregonian
2015 Fences for Fido
2016 Dr. Debbie Cochell
2017 Dr. Ben Braat
2018 Sound Equine Options
Practice/Office Manager of the Year
Recognizes the role of the practice/office manager in clinical practice and salutes an individual who has exhibited exceptional professionalism in leading the practice.
2006 Linda Parisotto
2007 Lee Barg
2008 Debee Brown
2011 Jessie Merritt CVPM
2012 Diane Fowler CVT
2014 Gina Schluckebier
2015 Brandy Kagerer
2016 Brenda Bailey
2017 Dena Coyner
2018 Beth Fandrey
Technician/Staff of the Year
Recognizes a veterinary technicians and/or veterinary staff in clinical practice who has risen above and beyond the expected responsibilities of the practice to provide outstanding client and patient service, with community service also considered.
2006 Leah Kennon CVT
2007 Gillian Cook CVT
2008 Kathy Charpilloz
2010 Kimberly McKay
2011 Carey Blake CVT
2012 Juan Lopez AHT
2013 Dolores Galindo CVT