At ceremonies held during the 2020 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.
Dr. Kirk Miller
Oregon Humane Society/OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
Nominated by: Dr. Kris Otteman
The Animal Welfare Award recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
Dr. Kirk Miller is a clinical instructor of small animal primary care and shelter medicine at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and a practicing veterinarian at the Oregon Humane Society. Dr. Miller has been an integral part of the Medical Learning Center at OHS when he began teaching a required course for fourth year veterinary students from Oregon State University shortly after the collaborative program began in 2005. He has been responsible for developing and innovating the two-to-three-week rotational course that provides experiential learning in a high-volume, high-quality shelter based medical center.
In these ensuing 15 years, Dr. Miller has provided oversight and guidance to this course, which has now graduated more than 1000 veterinary students. His influential and inspirational leadership has become a teaching model that has been replicated in a variety of ways at most veterinary colleges across the country. The course has been consistently ranked as a number one favorite by OSU CCVM students.
Dr. Miller provides consistency, quality and compassionate teaching to the students while helping each of them grow in their confidence and competence in the areas of surgery, medical exams, dentistry and high volume, high quality medical care to pets. The students utilize primary care skills including completing more than 40 surgeries, caring for dozens of hospitalized patients, and completing many physical examination and treatment plans.
In addition, he has also made scholarly contributions in the areas of research and published articles that advance the understanding and knowledge of important topics in our profession—such as the benefits of pedicle-tie spays to reduce the patient’s time under anesthesia. Dr. Miller is a regular speaker at national conferences, where he addresses advances in spay-neuter surgeries and tackles the important challenges with animal hoarding.
Outside of work, Dr. Miller, along with veterinary cardiologist William Rausch, are part of the Lost Creek Bluegrass Band, in which he plays the mandolin.
Dr. Gregg Takashima
Parkway Veterinary Hospital, Lake Oswego
Nominated by: Dr. Laird Goodman
The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.
Two common threads have remained consistent throughout Dr. Takashima’s career as a practitioner and in his volunteer service in the profession—the value of high standards of care in medicine and the importance of the human-animal bond.
Dr. Greg Takashima was following his dream as a veterinary student at the University of Minnesota when he encountered a serious dilemma about whether to remain silent while his “surgery” dog was to be returned to the local shelter for euthanasia or to rescue the small dog against school policy. The dog had been purchased from the shelter and was the university’s property.
Dr. Gregg Takashima, who worked part time at the college and had keys to the ward where the dog was kept, liberated Freddy and brought him home.
Facing expulsion, Gregg was called before the Dean, Dr. Carl Osborne, and asked to explain why he stole university property. He told the Dean that the human-animal bond mattered—that it was an important part of the profession—and that he also had become rather fond of the dog. Gregg was not expelled and was able to adopt Freddy. A few years later, the school revised its policy and allowed students to adopt these animals.
Shortly after moving to Portland, he opened Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Lake Oswego in 1986. The solo practice grew into an eight-veterinarian business and today is part of Animal Care Group of Lake Oswego, with Dr. Takashima as CEO.
He has been president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association, served as board president of Dove Lewis, and chaired the advisory board of Portland Community College. Starting in 2005, Dr. Takashima served on the board of the American Animal Hospital Association, and was this organization’s president in 2010. From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Takashima was a board member of the Delta Society – now known as Pet Partners. He followed this up with two years as president of the nonprofit’s board of directors.
Accepting this award in absentia, Dr. Takashima said, “We are in interesting times, where the importance of collaboration and the ‘world view’ are more important than ever. We can no longer act alone as veterinarians, as an association, or as a profession. What we do impacts many, as we are impacted by what others do. While technology has helped our profession advance, just as it has with other professions, to remain relevant we must stay true to our values of personal compassion, pursuit of excellence, and understanding and embracing the value of the human-animal bond.”
Traci Medeiros CVT
Animal Dental Clinic, Lake Oswego
Nominated by: Dr. Kathryn Atkinson
The Practice Manager Award salutes an individual who has exhibited exceptional professionalism in leading the practice.
What makes a veterinary practice a success? The veterinary TEAM is the answer.
At Animal Dental Clinic in Lake Oswego, practice manager Traci Medeiros helps to direct quality patient care and exceptional service, ensures that the practice runs smoothly, manages human resources, and helps to financially grow the business.
For the past five years, Traci has successfully balanced the different elements of management, including time management, mediating conflicts with clients, and supporting team members. She is detail-oriented, has the necessary initiative to get things done, and an excellent customer service.
Traci’s high personal ethics sets important leadership standards and expectations for the team. As part of her role with Animal Dental Clinic, she organizes and coordinates continuing education events throughout the greater Portland community and in Bend. She additionally has continuous membership and active involvement in the local veterinary practice managers’ group.
Traci has also been instrumental in helping to grow the clinic from a two-doctor, two-staff practice to a three-veterinarian and nine-staff practice that sees cases referred from the entire Pacific Northwest. In conjunction with Dr. Jean Battig, the clinic’s owner, Traci was integral in the planning, design and implementation of a practice relocation into a free-standing dedicated clinic, with state-of-the-art dental and surgery equipment, including a cone-beam CT scanner.
Traci also maintains her CVT license and doesn’t hesitate to help out on the floor when the team is short-staffed. She is an exceptional ambassador for highlighting the veterinary technician’s role as a valued professional of the healthcare team. Prior to joining the Animal Dental Clinic team, Traci was a lead veterinary technology instructor at the Sanford-Brown program in Portland, and before that she served as the practice manager for Sorrento Animal Hospital in Tigard.
Dr. Sarah Bonner & Lisa Caton CVT
Animal Dental Clinic, Lake Oswego
Nominated by: Dr. Kathryn Atkinson
The Technician of the Year Award recognizes a staff person who has gone above and beyond the expected responsibilities of the practice to provide outstanding client and patient service.
The Veterinarian of the Year Award is awarded to a veterinarian who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service.
At a November 2019 staff meeting at the Animal Dental Clinic in Lake Oswego, Practice Manager Traci Medeiros developed sudden cardiac arrest from ventricular fibrillation. Traci had no prior clinical symptoms or history of heart issues, but that evening she informed everyone she wasn’t feeling well, lowered her head, and collapsed to the floor, unresponsive and without a pulse.
Lisa Caton, a certified veterinary technician with the clinic, has always valued CPR training. In fact, she first learned CPR at the age of 10 from her father, a firefighter and first responder. Lisa right away recognized that Traci was in serious trouble and required immediate action and started to administer CPR.
Dr. Sarah Bonner, one of the board-certified veterinary dentists with the clinic, assisted Lisa with resuscitation efforts. In the meantime, another team member contacted emergency medical services.
The first seven minutes of resuscitation efforts are the most critical. According to the CDC, for every 60 seconds that pass, chances of surviving drop by 10% without CPR or defibrillation. After just four minutes, brain damage begins to occur. After 10 minutes, it is unlikely that the individual can be saved.
It took 19 minutes for EMS to respond and take over resuscitation attempts, and the paramedics later commented on how impressed they were with the team’s resuscitation skills.
Today, Traci Medeiros is doing well—far better than expected. She did not suffer any loss of function, has made a full recovery, and has returned to work in her role as practice manager. All team members at Animal Dental Clinic have subsequently received certification in CPR.
Lisa Caton and Dr. Sarah Bonner are accomplished in their respective fields of veterinary dentistry. Each is passionate about the care they provide to their clients and patients and are equally dedicated to teaching others about enhanced standards of dentistry.
But perhaps their greatest accomplishment occurred that day in November of last year, when they saved a friend’s life.
We encourage practices to consider holding CPR training for their staff. You never know when it might save someone's life.
Red Cross CPR Training
OSU CCVM Students
Presented by: Dr. Connie White
The President's Award is given at the discretion of the president to an individual or group who has made an exceptional contribution to the OVMA and veterinary medicine. Dr. White honored the OSU CCVM students en masse for their dedication and enthusiasm for the profession.
CCVM students Ellie Alvey and Michelle Degnin accepted the award on the students' behalf.
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
2019 Dr. Leon Pielstick
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
2019 Dr. Sue Tornquist
2020 OSU CCVM Students
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
2020 Dr. Sarah Bonner
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
2019 Dr. Brian Reister
2020 Dr. Kirk Miller
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
2019 The PAW Team
2020 Dr. Gregg Takashima
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 James (Fandrey)
2020 Traci Medeiros CVT
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
2020 Lisa Caton CVT