At ceremonies held during the 2017 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.
Dr. Ben Braat
Linn Veterinary Hospital, Albany
Nominated by: Dr. Daryl Leu
The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.
In 1966, Dr. Benjamin Braat started Linn Veterinary Hospital in Albany, where he continues to practice, making equine house calls daily and routinely putting in 15 hour days. Dr. Braat has provided veterinary service and care to the animals at the Linn County 4-H and FFA Fair for more than 40 years. He also has worked closely with the county animal shelter and is a recipient of the Linn County Sheriff’s Award of Merit for his support and service.
In addition, Dr. Braat is an honorary member of the Safe Haven Humane Society in Albany. For many years, Dr. Braat was a member of the OVMA’s CE Committee, where he helped to develop the equine track for our annual meeting.
In 1990, Dr. Braat, along with four fellow equine colleagues, formed the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association to promote professionalism and maintain open communication lines between equine veterinarians for practice enhancement and referral. Today, NEPA is 110 members strong, and Dr. Bratt continues to serve the organization as its treasurer.
According to Dr. Daryl Leu, who nominated Dr. Bratt for the Veterinary Service Award, “Dr. Ben Bratt has generously and wholeheartedly offered his time, expertise and wealth of knowledge to a multitude of students who have sought to enter the profession. He has welcomed these prospective veterinarians into his life, his home, and his practice to assist them in becoming future veterinarians, teachers and researchers in Oregon. To pass on knowledge to our future generations is the greatest achievement one can hope to accomplish.”
Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic, Redmond
Nominated by: Dr. Keith Sides
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.
For the past 16 years, Dena Coyner has been the Practice Manager for Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Redmond. Dena has helped the clinic transition to computerized medical records, guided the practice through the addition of staff and veterinarians, and managed the move to a new building – and more recently, a remodel of that new facility.
She is in charge of the 30-member clinic team, including employee recruiting and compliance with federal, state and professional regulations. She oversees the clinic's financial operations, computer systems, Web site and social media. She is the motivator, implementer, mobilizer, and problem solver at Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic. Her integrity, loyalty, leadership and support of the veterinary profession is unquestioned.
Judy Tate CVT
Fremont Veterinary Clinic, Portland
Presented by: Dr. Jean Hall
The President's Award is given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA.
For nearly 30 years, Judy Tate, a certified veterinary technician at Fremont Veterinary Clinic in Portland, has been an integral member of the OVMA's State Fair committee, helping to develop themes and materials for the association’s largest public outreach event, where veterinarians, technicians and veterinary team members engage with thousands of Oregonians.
Judy has worked at Fremont Veterinary Clinic, focusing on dentistry, for 29 years. She sat for the national boards in 1992, and two years later she received certification in the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. At that time, she was but one of two technicians in Oregon with this certification.
In 1984, along with three other like-minded paraprofessionals in the Portland area, Judy helped to form the Veterinary Paraprofessional Association. The purpose for the fledgling organization was to help broaden the education and training of veterinary assistants and technicians and to share ideas on enhancing the heath care of patients. Four years later, Judy was integral in broadening this outreach across Oregon with development of a statewide organization, similar to the OVMA.
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
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
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
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
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