OVMA Awards of Excellence: 2015 Recipients
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At ceremonies held during the 2015 Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, the OVMA honored the following for their service to the veterinary profession and animals.
Dr. Deborah LaPaugh
LaPaw Animal Hospital, Bend
Nominated by: Dr. Keith Sides
The Animal Welfare Award recognizes a veterinarian who has demonstrated outstanding compassion and/or developed programs that have been for the welfare of animals.
In 2007, a pastor in Bend reached out to Dr. Deborah LaPaugh and asked for her help with examining pets of the homeless in the Central Oregon community.
For the past eight years, Project Connect has provided everything from a hot meal to a haircut to personal medical care for approximately 2,000 homeless or nearly homeless people in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. During this same period Dr. LaPaugh has overseen the veterinary service for the annual outreach program.
During the formative years of Project Connect, Dr. LaPaugh and a handful of her clinic’s staff provided all veterinary care for the pets in need. But the required care soon became overwhelming, so Dr. LaPaugh recruited other veterinarians in Central Oregon and additional volunteers to help. Now, along with organizing anywhere between 4 and 8 veterinarians, and up to as many as 40 other volunteers, she spends countless hours fundraising and seeking donations of medical supplies. Whenever there is a shortfall, she personally contributes the necessities.
Every year, through Dr. LaPaugh’s efforts, 400 to 600 animals receive examinations, vaccinations, medications, pet food, blood work, nail trims, and deworming. This core of dedicated volunteers also alters 40 to 60 animals as well. The majority of animals are cats and dogs, but iguanas, hedgehogs, ferrets, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs and parrots have also benefited from veterinary care.
Since Project Connect’s inception, Dr. LaPaugh has provided compassionate care to thousands of animals. While doing so, she also has assisted people in her community – individuals who have experienced challenging day-to-day struggles – and their animal companions.
Fences for Fido
Nominated by: Dr. Steve Amsberry
The Veterinary Service Award recognizes an individual, group or organization that has promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals.
In May of 2009, a small group of female friends were gathered in a kitchen discussing how they could improve the life of a neighborhood dog that was chained up pretty much around the clock. From their deliberate discussion, they agreed to approach the owner and offered to build a fence – at no cost to him – provided that he unleash the male dog from the chain. The owner eventually consented, and Chopper became the poster “boy” for the soon-to-be formed nonprofit group named Fences for Fido.
Fences for Fido has a simple but life-changing mission: To improve the lives of dogs living outdoors on the end of chains, tethers or in small kennels, by building them a free fenced yard and an insulated dog house.
Since its humble beginnings in that kitchen, Fences for Fido now operates with a quarter of a million dollar budget. It has built fences for and unleashed nearly 1,000 dogs from Southern Washington to the mid-Willamette Valley and from the Oregon Coast to Central Oregon, its most recent outreach area.
The dedication of this all-volunteer organization of 100 plus compassionate people is rooted in making a kind of change between a dog and its family. But the work doesn’t stop there. Fences for Fido creates safer and improved conditions for chained dogs by providing them with shelter, veterinary care, and, when necessary, spay and neuter services. Volunteers educate families on how best to care for their four-legged family members during the heat of the summer and the cold, wet winter months. Twice a year the organization’s team of volunteers visits all of the dogs in the Fences for Fido family to make sure that the dogs remain unchained, safe and healthy.
Two years ago, Fences for Fido spearheaded legislation – supported by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and various animal welfare organizations – to revise the state’s standards of care for animals, including placing restrictions on the amount of time a dog can be chained and left outdoors. The legislation was resoundingly approved by the Oregon legislature and signed into law by the Governor.
Present to accept this honor on behalf of the organization was Patti Loverink, a past president of Fences for Fido and a current board member.
Sandy Animal Clinic
Nominated by: Dr. Jennifer Betz
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.
Ten years ago Brandy Kagerer joined Sandy Animal Clinic as a receptionist. But it wasn’t long – only a few months – before she demonstrated leadership abilities and was quickly promoted to practice manager.
Brandy knows all about service. While she doesn’t have formal training or a certification in veterinary hospital management, she does have extensive training in large hotel management. During her tenure with Sandy Animal Clinic, Brandy has continued to seek to enhance her hospital manager abilities by taking educational courses, and she dreams of becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
According to Dr. Jennifer Betz, the clinic’s owner, Brandy has broadened her skills by becoming proficient in areas of care and treatment of patients as well. This includes catheter placement, radiography, dentals, blood draws, etc. With exemplary skills in customer service, she has an uncanny knack for addressing client concerns and turning a negative situation into a positive experience.
Brandy has created a positive work environment, and adeptly fills in wherever as needed, whether it is as an assistant or technician or when the clinic is short-staffed up front – all the while meeting the clinic’s management needs.
One thing that perhaps sets Brandy apart from other hospital managers is the authority she has gained to be in complete control of the practice – from interviewing to hiring, training, and, when necessary, discharging staff, including veterinary associates. Dr. Betz notes that Brandy has gained her full trust in her decision-making abilities and is given the discretion to make pertinent decisions without discussing them beforehand with Dr. Betz. “She keeps me abreast of all decisions and workings of the clinic, while keeping the drama away.”
This past year, when Dr. Betz was on leave for eight months because of illness, Brandy again stepped up to the plate and helped to maintain the clinic in full working order as if Dr. Betz were still present.
Brandy’s performance has helped grow Sandy Animal Clinic into the successful practice it is today.
Dr. Keith Sides
Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic
Presented by: Dr. Steve Amsberry
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 is an excerpt from Dr. Amsberry's remarks:
"Along with his wife, Holly – also a veterinarian – Keith is owner of Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic, a six-doctor, 23-healthcare team in Redmond that focuses on excellent service and veterinary care and whose mission is to foster and enhance the human-animal bond.
Keith’s professional interests include orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and reproduction. But it is his broader interests in organized veterinary medicine and community service that I want to recognize.
Keith is a past regional representative on the OVMA Board of Directors and he served as the Association’s president in 2010-2011. He also is a current trustee of the Oregon Animal Health Foundation – the OVMA’s charitable arm. In addition, a few years ago he stepped forward to chair our ad hoc committee on scope of veterinary practice.
In his service to the Association, he has exemplified many aspects of servant leadership. Some of these characteristics of effective leadership include, among others: listening, empathy, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, and stewardship, and building community.
Dr. Keith Sides’ dedication to our profession has also been far beyond his commitment to the OVMA. He has served in essentially every official capacity with the Central Oregon Veterinary Medical Association. This has included elected office as president and as the organization’s representative to the Redmond Humane Society and to Central Oregon Community College as it was developing its veterinary technology program.
At the local level, Keith has served as president of the Kiwanis in Redmond and as a wrestling coach at the high school level.
For his commitment and dedication to organized veterinary medicine and to his community at large, I am honored to present Dr. Keith Sides with the President’s Award."
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
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
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
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