OVMA Awards of Excellence: 2016 Recipients

At ceremonies held during the 2016 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.

2016 Veterinary Service Award

Dr. Debbie Cochell

Dr. Debbie Cochell

Woodburn Veterinary Clinic & Sequoia Veterinary Clinic


Nominated by: Dr. Nancy Titus

The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.

Dr. Cochell was presented with this award in recognition of her longstanding outreach to Project Pooch and to the young boys and men who participate in this program.

She serves on the Advisory Board of Project Pooch. Project Pooch is a non-profit organization that works with youth in corrections to develop personal and vocational skills they will need to become responsible, productive members of the community.

Since 1983, Project Pooch has served as a rehabilitation program that pairs inmates at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn with shelter dogs. At any given time, about 7 to 10 youths participate in the program to train as many as 15 dogs, groom them, and help the animals to find their “forever homes."

Dr. Debbie Cochell is one of a handful of professionals who interact with the young men at MacLaren. In fact, every month for the past five years she has served as a mentor through Project Pooch.

Dr. Debbie, as she is known, excels at teaching those in the program about good animal health care. This includes presentations on nutrition, parasite control, dental exams, videos of surgeries, kennel cleanliness, as well as many other aspects of veterinary care and sound animal husbandry.

She donates the necessary vaccinations for the dogs at Project Pooch. And she and her staff at Woodburn Veterinary Clinic hold various events from dog baths to nail trims as fundraisers for the program.

Dr. Cochell is always patient when working with the youth, is an excellent and respectful listener, and keeps her commitments to them.

She was nominated for this honor by her colleague and fellow OVMA member Dr. Nancy Titus of Woodburn Veterinary Clinic and Sequoia Veterinary Clinic.

2016 Practice Manager of the Year

Brenda Bailey

Brenda Bailey

Cascade Summit Animal Hospital

Nominated by: Dr. Christine Ortner

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.

Brenda Bailey is the practice manager of Cascade Summit Animal Hospital in West Linn, and was nominated for this honor by clinic owner, Dr. Christine Ortner.

Ms. Bailey manages the hospital's financial plan with Dr. Ortner, created a wellness program for the clinic, and administers the practice's use of technology to enhance efficiency.

Under Ms. Bailey's leadership, the practice has become Gold Level Certified as Cat Friendly through the American Association of Feline Practitioners and is a Fear-Free Initiative practice. In the 10 years that Brenda Bailey has managed Cascade Summit Animal Hospital, she has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and soon will have completed her Master’s in Business Management.

2016 President's Award

Dr. Brad LeaMaster

Dr. Brad LeaMaster

State Veterinarian, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Presented by: Dr. Charles Meyer

The President's Award is given at the discretion of the president to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA.

Following are Dr. Meyer's remarks: "Mentorship prior to entering veterinary school demonstrated to me that a career in veterinary medicine meant I would be associated with an honorable profession. More than just the rewards of adequate income and good mental stimulation though it was apparent that veterinarians serve their communities in a variety of ways.

"Dr. Brad Lea Master is the embodiment of community service in the profession of veterinary medicine. I’ll admit I may be prejudiced by having known Brad for 40 years. As a classmate in veterinary school Brad was a quality person with a love for and commitment to the profession of veterinary medicine. I knew from our acquaintance and friendship that Brad would do an excellent job at whatever endeavor he pursued.

"As I’ve watched Brad’s career develop it has become quite apparent that it has been one of considerable service and I’ve been able to admire his commitment. Since being my friend and classmate at WSU, Brad received a master’s degree in animal nutrition at Oregon State University and a doctorate in microbiology at University of Hawaii. He gained experience with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and as a veterinary extension specialist at the University of Hawaii. He joined ODA as a field veterinarian in 1999 advancing to state veterinarian in 2003. Beginning in 2004 Brad worked for 10 years for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) office in Salem where he served as area emergency coordinator. He returned as the state veterinarian in 2012.

"The State Veterinarian’s Office monitors infectious animal diseases in Oregon and maintains disease control plans throughout the state, and Brad has performed above and beyond the call of duty. He gained experience in England during the Foot and Mouth out break and came home with a determination to prevent a similar experience in the U.S. Following through with the effort Andrew Clark put forth to start the pilot program of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team Brad has been diligent to maintain the program. Many other states have now imitated the effort. He has maintained good relationships with other agencies like Fish and Game that have similar interests in diseases like Chronic Wasting Disease. In all his activities Brad has put the safety and health of Oregon Agriculture and animal disease prevention at the forefront. Brad has practiced the “One Health” concept long before the term was coined.

"In appreciation of Brad’s commitment to Oregon animal health and contribution to Oregon veterinary medicine it is my privilege to present this year’s president’s award to him."

Past Award Winners

Centennial Award

1963    Dr. Vic Oliver

Honorary Membership

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

Meritorious Service

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)

President's Award

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

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

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

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