OVMA Awards of Excellence: 2017 Recipients

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.

2017 Veterinary Service Award


Dr. Ben Braat

Dr. Benjamin 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.”

2017 Practice Manager of the Year


Dena Coyner

Dena Coyner

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.

2017 President's Award


Judy Tate CVT

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.

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
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

Updated: 2017-03-06 08:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association