OVMA Awards of Excellence: 2016 Recipients
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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