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Dee Family LEGACY


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One of the highlights of my service this year as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has been the opportunity to view the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine from a truly unique perspective—the 30,000-foot level—and then to zoom back to ground level for an internal view. From a high altitude, Auburn University resembles the 30 U.S. veterinary colleges in its pursuit of excellence in education, research, and outreach to the veterinary and scientific communities. All 30 deans of these colleges manage tight budgets, work incessantly to recruit, promote, and retain outstanding faculty, and cultivate research that advances the edge of scientific knowledge. Most operate large veterinary teaching hospitals, which artfully blend clinical education with the delivery of comprehensive specialty services to the veterinary community. All are committed to the education and nurture of their student bodies, and each proudly promotes the skills and competencies of its graduates. So, what defines an Auburn veterinarian? David Housel, Auburn Athletics Director Emeritus approached the topic in this way: What is Auburn? Far be it from me to answer that question. There are as many definitions of Auburn as there are Auburn men and women. Auburn’s veterinary alumni base, now more than 6,500 strong, is more diverse and geographically distributed than one could imagine. To grasp the breadth and impact of the Auburn veterinary family, consider the 5,797 donors who helped the college surpass $88 million in our most recent Because This is Auburn campaign. Or, consider the three veterinarians—a small animal practice entrepreneur in Louisville and champion of organized veterinary medicine in Kentucky (Dr. Pat Kennedy Arrington), an esteemed Auburn faculty member and renowned researcher in wound healing and reconstructive surgery (Dr. Steven Swaim), and the director of animal programs at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland (Dr. Robert Hoyt)—who were recognized as Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni at the college’s 111th Annual Conference. Or, perhaps we should consider the four Auburn veterinarians who currently serve as deans of veterinary colleges across the country. These are samples of the thousands of Auburn men and women who work diligently as professionals and public servants with great pride in their alma mater and who advance the Auburn brand of veterinary medicine.

As a perfect illustration, we pay tribute in this issue of the Auburn Veterinarian to Dr. Larry G. Dee (’69), his wife Rita, and Larry’s brothers, James and Jon, both Auburn DVMs. Their father, Dr. Clarence E. Dee, and uncle, Dr. Ivan Fredrickson, established a companion animal practice in Hollywood, Florida, that cultivated a professional relationship with Ms. Eleanor Ritchey, ultimately leading to the endowment that built the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at Auburn. Larry and Rita recently established the Dee Family Endowed Chair, recognizing a faculty member in small animal surgery with a strong commitment to students and faculty service. The Dee family’s commitment personifies the second tenet of the Auburn Creed: “I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” Likewise, scientists with an Auburn veterinary connection have a clear commitment to pursuing life-changing research that results in impactful discoveries for the benefit of animals and people. In a major step toward further institutional excellence, Auburn University was recently elevated to an “R1” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. An R1 designation is reserved for doctoral universities with the highest levels of research activity and is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty and students, and the power of an Auburn education in cultivating scientific inquiry. The College of Veterinary Medicine is about you, those who have come before to build our great college, and the students who are our future. We recently unveiled a campaign— Veterinarians Open Doors—to promote the thousands of success stories of Auburn veterinarians and scientists around the globe. Please visit to share your story and to promote Auburn veterinary medicine. While you’re there, view the college’s exciting new video, and use the hashtag #VeterinariansOpenDoors to share it.

Dean Calvin Johnson ’86





EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Mary Ellen Hendrix PHOTOGRAPHY Mitch Emmons Jeff Etheridge, Auburn Photographic Services John Stillman Photography





RESEARCH Dr. Frank Bartol CLINICAL SCIENCES Dr. Jamie Bellah DEVELOPMENT Diana Turner Jan Chamblin TEACHING HOSPITAL Dr. John Hathcock








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Dee Family’s Commitment to Profession Continues



f it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, there also must be some merit that, for veterinarians, it takes those who’ve walked the path before to support future veterinarians.

For the Dee family of veterinarians, honoring their profession and special Auburn veterinary legacy is part of who they are and why they feel committed to give to those who will carry the torch. Recently, Larry Dee ’69, DVM, and his wife, Rita, provided a gift to establish the Dee Family Endowed Chair to support superior faculty in small animal surgery. This newly established chair will allow the College of Veterinary Medicine to secure a proven veterinary professional to teach students and expand the service’s ability to treat animals. “A commitment to service—to be of benefit—to the profession, is something Dr. Larry Dee, his brothers and the entire Dee family have lived throughout their careers,” Dean Calvin Johnson said. “We are grateful to the Dee family for their lifetime of generosity to the college and for their most recent gift to establish this prestigious endowed chair in surgery.” The Dee family is legendary in Southeastern veterinary medicine. Dee’s father and uncle, C. E. Dee and I. C. Frederickson, respectively, both veterinarians, established Hollywood (Florida) Animal Hospital in 1947 as a small

family-run hospital. Since 1950, the hospital has been a Certified Member Hospital of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Frederickson, whose son Tucker Frederickson was a two-way player for the Auburn Tigers—an All-American in 1964 and runner-up in the Heisman Trophy race—played a pivotal role in the funding of the college’s Scott-Ritchey Research Center. Frederickson was aware of the work of B.F. “Frank” Hoerlein, DVM, professor and chairman of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, who was committed to research for the advancement of companion animal health but lacked the financial support and facilities. He told long-time client, Eleanor Ritchey, the granddaughter of Philip John Bayer, the founder of the Quaker State Refining Company and an animal lover who owned more than 100 dogs, about Auburn’s work. Upon Ritchey’s death in 1968, the care for her animals and the bulk of her estate—valued at more than $10 million—came to Auburn and helped establish the Scott-Ritchey Research Institute. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ritchey’s gift to Auburn veterinary medicine. The family practice went through changes but, for many years, was operated by the Auburn-trained Dee brothers—Jon ’66, Larry ’69 and James Dee ’72—along

Dr. Larry Dee

Dr. James Dee

Dr. Jon Dee


with James Herrington, DVM, and Tommy Sessa, DVM. Today, that practice has more than 26 primary care and specialty veterinarians, including Jon Dee, who remains active in the practice. Only two of the five Dee siblings didn’t go into veterinary medicine: David is an environmental law attorney; and Barbara, the only sister, is a retired human intensive care nurse. While Larry Dee has retired from active practice, he remains committed to the profession through leadership in several elite national veterinary organizations— American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. During a recent interview, he spoke about the family’s commitment to giving back to the profession he holds dear and to future graduates. “My father was the ultimate role model, serving as veterinary consultant to the Surgeon General’s office with the rank of Brigadier General; as state veterinarian for the Florida Racing Commission; as gubernatorial appointee to Florida’s State Board on Veterinary Medicine for 24 years; and as president of that group for many years,” Dee said.

From left, Rita and Larry Dee and Dean Calvin Johnson


The family was fortunate, somewhat at their father’s hand, that while veterinary medicine was the chosen profession, they didn’t overlap in specialty areas. “He was insistent that we not return to work for him and that we find our own veterinary medical specialty,” Dee said. Each of the veterinary brothers focused on different opportunities within the profession: Larry in internal medicine, surgery and organized veterinary medicine; Jon as a boarded surgeon, researcher, author and lecturer; and James on practice management. “Our veterinary opportunities have allowed us to go across the country and around the globe,” Larry Dee said of him and his brothers. “It would have been exceedingly difficult without the efforts of our boarded partners and associates.” In choosing to support the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Dees wanted to establish an endowed faculty position to help students. They recognize that with today’s competitive private practice industry, teaching veterinary medicine may not be as attractive as it once was. “The person must substitute the loss of income from private industry with a love for teaching and being part of a university. Having the professorship will ensure that all veterinary students receive benefit from that professor’s knowledge,” said Dee.

Reflecting on his career in veterinary medicine, Dee said his father and another mentor, Bill Jackson, DVM, epitomized service and giving back. “Dad was on the state board for 25 years and was president of the state association, and Bill was president of almost everything—AVMA, World Small Animal Veterinary Association. “Basically, they showed us the habit of serving and giving back, and if you do it long enough, you get into a habit of doing it, and after a while you realize that you might be half good at it.” While that is Dee’s modest answer as to why he supports the profession, it takes only a few minutes of conversation to realize the family’s lifelong passion and dedication. “You hope you’ve made a difference, but sometimes it is the wisdom of not doing something that makes a greater impact in the profession,” Dee said. “We look at our mission statement first and ensure that it benefits the profession before acting.” In veterinary medical practice, Dee is steadfast in his service to the welfare of the patient, no matter the cost. “Whether the client has the money is not the most important thing; the welfare of the patient is more important than the money. How you treat the patient is important, and how you treat the client is just as important.”

His best advice for current and future veterinarians: “Have a love for animal health care and education. Study hard, work hard and show you care. Showing a client you care about the patient will go a long way.” Reminiscing about his time at Auburn is remembering family. “When I got to Auburn, my older brother, Jon, was a senior and he lived in a shack. Rent was $10 a month. We took old oat sacks, stapled them to the studs. When it got cold, we could feel the cold through the walls. “My freshman year, it got really cold and we had ice in the shower, and frozen pipes lifted the toilet off the floor. “Jon was a senior at vet school, I was a freshman in vet school, and James was a freshman, signed up for pre-vet,” Dee said. “We had no presumptions of great wealth. You used what you had. “I’d already been to college for five years, four years at Duke, and pre-vet in Florida, so I felt like I’d already spent more than I thought my father should pay. “We ended up renting a farmhouse from Dr. [Kenneth “Max”] Autry [the first chair of the Department of Dairy Sciences in Auburn’s College of Agriculture], where we had to feed the horses. Auburn gave a lot to us.” When asked to talk about favorite Auburn faculty, he mentioned the legendary equine veterinarian and fifth dean of the college, J.T. Vaughan, DVM. “Tom Vaughan is one of my heroes. He has a loquacious style that we all love. He taught while I was at Auburn and then went on to Cornell before returning to Auburn. “I can remember one my classmates was with Dr. Vaughan and he was saying ‘do this and do this and do this.’ My classmate didn’t have any paper. At that time, the uniform was blue pants and a shirt and white coat. He started writing instructions on his pants leg. Tom was unique.” Like many who read Auburn Veterinarian, Dee is quick to start reading the magazine from the back, to start with Vaughan’s column, Apocrypha. “It’s important for veterinarians to know where we came from, and no one has a better understanding of that than Tom.”



From left, Dean Carolyn Henry, Dean Jason Johnson, Dean Eleanor Green and Dean Calvin Johnson



Veterinary medical colleges are elite institutions, providing educational leadership in an ever-expanding and changing profession.

In the U.S., there are 30 colleges or schools that are accredited or have accreditation pending, with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 DVM students. The deans of each college or school are part of a select group, serving as veterinarians, researchers, administrators and leaders. Of that 30, four earned their DVMs from Auburn. Auburn Veterinarian reached out to Eleanor Green ’73, DVM; Carolyn Henry ’90, DVM; Calvin Johnson ’86, DVM; and Jason Johnson ’03, DVM.




Eleanor Green

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Green holds the Carl B. King deanship of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Her academic appointments have included positions at Mississippi State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Florida. She served as president of three national organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.

Carolyn Henry

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine An oncology researcher, Henry practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Alabama and Georgia before returning to Auburn to complete an oncology residency. She served as a faculty member at Washington State University before joining the University of Missouri, becoming the first American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board-certified oncologist. She has held a number of appointments and positions, including director of the Tom and Betty Scott Endowed Program in Veterinary Oncology; associate director of research at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center; and associate dean for research and graduate studies. Henry served on the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Board of Regents and is past president of both the Veterinary Cancer Society and the ACVIM Specialty of Oncology.


Calvin Johnson

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Johnson has been dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University since 2013, where he advances the college’s academic mission in teaching, research, clinical veterinary practice, and public outreach. He is a graduate of Auburn University and North Carolina State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) with a specialty in anatomic pathology. Johnson served on the faculty at the University of Florida for 11 years before joining Auburn as professor of pathology and head of the Department of Pathobiology. He currently serves as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Jason Johnson

Lincoln Memorial College of Veterinary Medicine Johnson has held various academic and administrative positions at Lincoln Memorial, the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center, and as executive director of the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia, which he founded. He serves in numerous leadership capacities within organized veterinary medicine including the AVMA House of Delegates, Legislative Advisory Committee, the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Theriogenology Foundation. Prior to joining LMU, Johnson worked in private practice and served on the faculty of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, he was one of 10 veterinarians nationwide selected for the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program and was named to Veterinary Practice News’ 25 Vets to Watch in our 25th Year.

Auburn Veterinarian posed the same questions to each dean, asking them about the profession they love, how Auburn prepared them for their veterinary and academic career, and issues in today’s profession.

What made you choose Auburn for your DVM? EG: I was a student from Florida and we were on the regional program in which the State of Florida paid the out-of-state tuition for 20 veterinary students/year from Florida to attend Auburn University (not many from the big state). At that time Auburn had earned the distinguished reputation for training the best veterinary practitioners, so I was keenly interested in going to Auburn.

CH: I was a Kentucky resident and the in-state tuition was critical for me to be able to afford vet school.

CJ: I spent my first 24 years in the Auburn community, and during my pre-college years, the College of Veterinary Medicine served as the destination for veterinary students from many southern states. I was very fortunate to be an Alabama resident, so the decision to attend Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine was easy. I felt privileged to have the opportunity to attend Auburn and never considered attending any other college.

JJ: I grew up in L.A.; everybody knows that’s Lower Alabama, and I set my sights on Auburn University CVM when I was young.

Any specific memories—a favorite faculty member, anecdote—that you’d like to share of your time at Auburn? EG: There are so many fabulous memories and so many memorable faculty members, it is hard to identify just one; however, Dr. Mike Shires was truly a standout. He had just come to the U.S. from South Africa, accepting a position as equine ambulatory clinician. He was a wonderful teacher and role model. He made everything fun and valuable, from learning to working

hard. He was a remarkably talented clinician and an extraordinary communicator—with students, clients, faculty colleagues, staff, and others. He portrayed an impressive depth of knowledge applied with practicality. We all learned even more from him because of the climate he created for students. Interestingly, when he became Dean at the University of Tennessee, he recruited me from the University of Missouri to be his successor as Department Head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Director of the Large Animal Hospital. This was my foray into academic administration. I loved working with him on the UT administrative team. Another faculty member who must be mentioned is Dr. Bob Hudson. He came to Auburn from practice in Oklahoma to work with Dr. Walker for one year, but stayed his entire career. He was the best. He was practical, approachable, well-read, and current in his discipline of bovine theriogenology, yet there were few questions he could not answer across disciplines. No student I know of ever had an unkind thought about Dr. Hudson. He left a positive mark on all of us. What I remember most about Auburn is the camaraderie among the faculty, staff, and students. Some of my classmates have remained very close friends despite time and distance, such as Ken Quirk, Ed Murray, and David Newell. We worked hard as students and took our education seriously, but we had fun every day. Our first day as freshmen, we were greeted by upper classmen who instructed us to turn in our thermometers to be autoclaved. At least half the class complied. Another time, David Newell rode my horse into the anatomy lab during class, a feat I doubt could occur today. To this day, we have not figured out who put glue in the locks of the office doors of the pathology faculty after what was deemed to be a highly unreasonable exam. All this and more occurred in the “loveliest village on the plains” within a community that valued students, especially veterinary students. Our memories are special and lasting.

CH: There are so many to choose from! I remember that on my first day of classes, Dr. Charlie Hendrix was holding open the front door and as I walked in, he had a huge smile and said, “Let the games begin…” I remember trying to keep up with Dr. Clark in pharmacology as he filled 3 chalkboards an hour with notes; I remember being challenged academically more than I had ever been challenged in my life and I remember the sense of community that developed as a result of all of us




going through that experience together. And, as I finally received my diploma, I remember the bone-crushing handshake of Dean J.T. Vaughan. My days at Auburn were character-defining for me, and some of the best memories of my life.

CJ: When I was a veterinary student, and continuing today, the faculty in the first two years of the veterinary curriculum were outstanding. They facilitated the transition from undergraduate to veterinary education and constantly pointed out clinical correlates to the basic sciences. Dr. Paul Rumph in gross anatomy was an excellent example of this. His lecture on the pleura is as vivid to me today as it was 36 years ago. The thought of a miniature person entering the pleural cavity with a spray can and applying paint to the ribs (parietal pleura) and pericardium (visceral pleura), etc., is a classic example of his gift of connecting with students. Dr. Ted Reynolds was another uniquely talented faculty member in this regard. His description of the layers of the equine hoof and the illustration of the various layers of the hoof by tracing a nail entering the sole and extending to the third phalanx are hardwired in my brain. Dr. Charlie Hendrix and his enthusiastic animations of parasite life cycles were something to behold. As an anatomic pathologist, I’ve tried to use their methods when teaching students during diagnostic pathology rotation. As the saying goes, their methods are often imitated but never duplicated.

JJ: Well, I have always been resourceful. When I arrived for my residency at Auburn, we had, literally, just moved into the new big building; and our offices were located upstairs. It just so happened my classmate, Dr. Brian Whitlock, an amazing human being, asked if I wanted to share an office with him. Brian was our class salutatorian (I was farther down the list), and I know how osmosis works; so I agreed, and prepared my brain for an infusion of knowledge. The problem was, there was no desk for me. So, I strolled through the upstairs hallways and there were many empty offices, with desks, so I got someone who will remain unnamed, an amazing human being friend of mine, to help me relocate a brand new desk down to my new shared office. It was nice, fit super well. Life was good. A couple of weeks later we had our first Large Animal Section meeting and during the business part of it, Dr. Carson spoke up and said, “Well, I have a theft to report! Some of those dang


equine residents stole my d*** desk!” I remained silent. My brain processed a thousand scenarios very quickly. I glanced at my amazing friend, and he was stone-faced, yet a little bulgy-eyed. I spoke up, “Um, Dr. Carson, I stole your desk.” That was the kick-off to what really became an unending, wonderful relationship with a man that I highly honor.

Was there a particular instance or event that led you into veterinary higher education? EG: Upon graduation, my classmate and husband, Dr. Ashby Green, and I were partners/owners of a private veterinary practice, which we had built from the ground up in Guntown, Mississippi. At that time, Mississippi State University was in the process of developing a new college of veterinary medicine. Their dean, Dr. Jim Miller, had been hired, but it was so early in the process that legislative approval had not yet been achieved. He offered us both positions as founding faculty members. The family discussions were intense about whether to leave this successful practice we had built or to go. In the end, we concluded that if we passed up this opportunity, it would likely never come again, and if we went to Mississippi State and we found we preferred practice, we could be back in practice within weeks—so we accepted the offer. It was one of those decisions in life that changed the course of history in the most fulfilling way.

Dean Carolyn Henry and Missouri DVM students

CH: I had no aspirations initially to be an academic clinician or administrator. I think I was blessed to have people along my career journey who believed in me and pushed me until I believed in myself. I am at a point in my career where I want to make a difference to the profession that has been so good to me. As a dean, I feel that I can do that.

CJ: As a student, my perception of Auburn’s veterinary college faculty and administration was that they were highly respected as leaders of Auburn University and were recognized throughout the community. They seemed dedicated to their jobs and enjoyed the company of their colleagues. They were held in high esteem by students, alumni, and the general public. By observing them, I wanted to follow in their footsteps to promote the veterinary profession through education.

JJ: I was practicing in East Tennessee, and one day, out of the blue, Dr. Bob Carson calls and tells me he thinks I should do a theriogenology residency. I told him I was not interested. To which he replied, “Oh hell, think about it. Bye.” I always enjoyed educating others, from my younger days teaching at Boy Scout camp, all the way to the barn and exam room; so, naturally, I pondered his proposal, eventually applied for the residency, and the rest is history. It was that residency time, while reunited with excellent educators, that further solidified my current career path. The fuller story here is that perhaps I was always destined to be in some sort of education, as my mother is a professor at Troy University, a lifelong educator, and always promoted higher learning in our household. My father, while he will admit wasn’t the most stellar student, has the complete people package and can connect with anyone—I guess you could say I got the combo that eventually led me into higher education administration.

Did you emulate any veterinary administrators/faculty? If so, who and what characteristics? EG: All I ever wanted to be was the best equine veterinarian I could be and most of my effort was towards that goal, except that I also had a long-term attraction to leadership training of any kind. I read leadership books

and articles and enrolled in leadership training offerings, as I was able. There were many along the way who have influenced me and shaped me as a leader, both through formal and informal means. Certainly, I was motivated by Paul Neal, an equine surgeon from the University of Liverpool in England, who had come to Mississippi State as a visiting professor. He was an individual who was well-published at the time and enjoyed an international reputation as an equine surgeon, yet he was enormously humble and kind. I am always impressed by highly competent academicians/ people who have notable humility and sincere concern for others. He also had a delightful sense of humor, that subtle British humor often missed by some. His positive attitude never changed despite the challenges around him. He became a dear friend and treasured colleague with whom I stayed in contact until his death. I would be remiss if I did not also call out Dr. Harold Garner. He was a brilliant mind, yet so unassuming. He and Dr. Jim Coffman were early investigators of equine laminitis, changing the way the profession understood this devastating disease. In his laboratory, his collaborative research on human cardiovascular disease was sustained over 10 consecutive years of NIH funding. I was fortunate to enjoy his mentorship as I pursued equine research. He and his wife, Patsy, remain cherished friends.

CH: My late husband, Dr. Jeff Tyler, had many qualities that I have tried to emulate, including work ethic, integrity, and a soft spot for underdogs. There were so many faculty who were just genuinely good people like Dwight Wolfe, Joe Spano, Bill Brawner, Steve Swaim, and countless others who modeled professionalism for me in ways that have an impact on me to this day.

CJ: Dr. Lauren Wolfe, because of his sense of humor coupled with a sharp focus on academic excellence and advancement of science through research. Dr. Timothy R. Boosinger, because of his collegiality, warmth, and commitment to the advancement of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Auburn University. Dr. John Thomas Vaughan, because of his intellect and engagement as a citizen, historian, and academic administrator; his humility; and his ability to connect personally with anyone. Although I admire his handshake, I haven’t been able to master it yet.




JJ: Wow. There are so many. As you well know, every

EG: All challenges are opportunities. Veterinary

person we become close to during this life ultimately becomes a part of our expressions, interactions, reactions, and outlook on life. So, I would say, in its purist form, the answer to this question is all of them; but there are a few that stand out.

medical education exists in institutions of higher education, so we share the broader “opportunities,” such as declining state support, rising costs of providing the best education (such as that resulting from essential, advancing technologies), climbing student debt load, increasing public and student scrutiny of the value of higher education, leveraging diversity in an inclusive environment, globalization, and existing in an exponentially changing world alongside longstanding traditions.

During school, my top mentors were Drs. Christine Navarre and Gatz Riddell. Each spent huge amounts of time with me—and my fellow students—both on the pre-clinical and clinical floor and really challenged us to think on our feet. As my educational career advanced, my top mentors were Drs. Bob Carson and Dan Givens, my residency supervisor and research advisor, respectively. There is not a single lecture or lab for theriogenology that I have ever delivered that did not include a “Carson-ism.” We all know how well the man was known for his sayings. There is way more beyond that though. Dr. Carson was a very open, honest, humble, hardworking and non-judgmental man; and I seek to emulate these characteristics on a daily basis. Dan Givens taught me how to take hard subjects, hard situations, and effectively communicate that to my learner(s). Period.

What are the challenges/opportunities facing veterinary higher education today?

For veterinary medicine itself, I believe one of the greatest “opportunities” is preparing students for success in an exponentially changing world. Considerations include the effect of and preparation for telehealth/ telemedicine, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality, robotics, and digital healthcare in the broader sense. Simply stated, if our students are not prepared for the exponentially changing world they will enter, they are unlikely to be successful. Helping ensure graduate achievement is a substantial responsibility for colleges of veterinary medicine today and into the future.

CH: We will face many challenges as we find the correct balance between private and corporate practice, struggle with work-life balance, and face the unique financial aspects of our profession. At the same time, our profession offers tremendous opportunities to tailor a career to one’s interests and life goals. With a DVM degree in hand, there are far more career doors opened for us than we ever imagined back when I graduated from Auburn.

CJ: As a college, we constantly review our curriculum to ensure that we’re giving students the knowledge, skills, and competencies to succeed in a world that requires constant adaptation in response to technology, new systems, and new opportunities. At the same time, students need to be grounded in the basic principles of science, clinical medicine, ethics, service, and good will.

Dean Eleanor Green planning the future of Texas A&M


JJ: The great opportunity for veterinary higher education is for us to embrace new learning models, leverage technology, acknowledge the ever-changing learning preferences of our new learners, provide diverse asynchronous pathways for students, and engage our alumni/life-long learners.

How did your Auburn DVM education prepare you? EG: Auburn prepared me well to practice veterinary medicine. Even then, we were career ready.

CH: I learned as much about myself at Auburn than I did about veterinary medical practice. I was taught humility, professionalism, teamwork, respect, and what it means to be part of the Auburn family.

CJ: In more ways than I’ll ever know. JJ: The DVM degree is the ticket to the world and an endless array of professional opportunities. The actual education was an experience that provided a platform for personal growth and lifelong friends.

What’s going to be different for today’s graduates in the workplace from what you experienced as a new veterinary graduate? EG: This question could fill an entire book, so I will offer only a few examples. As stated above, today’s graduates, who are digital natives, have access to technologies only dreamed of before. These technologies will enable the expansion of telemedicine/telehealth with unprecedented momentum. Telehealth/telemedicine will allow veterinarians to provide higher quality care to more animals more cost effectively. Coupled with artificial intelligence and machine learning, the veterinarian of the future will have expanded knowledge and skills. This digital revolution will result in new career opportunities for veterinarians in new practice models, entrepreneurship, biomedical engineering, technological advances, big data, and much more. In addition, I believe the world is beginning to value the education and skills of veterinarians more than ever before, and this upward trajectory will persist. Increased numbers of veterinarians will be involved in feeding the world, as the global population moves towards 10 billion people. Veterinarians will help shape the policy of healthcare in general and will be included on teams to mitigate global pandemics. They will advance human and animal health

with a One Health approach, as they drive translational medicine, clinical trials, and animal models of human disease. As research in general continues to move towards an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, veterinarians will be important members of and contributors to “team science.” The integration of professional and personal lives of veterinarians will continue to evolve; as the newer generations are dedicated to making a difference in the world, while they devote time and attention to families and personal fulfillment. Veterinarians will be more attuned to the importance of wellness.

CH: There are many more career choices available and a greater emphasis on One Health and how human, animal, and environmental health intersect. Graduating classes today are >80% female and new grads have the option of corporate practice. There are better diagnostic tools and treatment options and our clients are more knowledgeable of these options due to internet access to medical information. I sincerely hope that the art of a thorough physical exam is not lost with these new tools and that we, as a profession continue to be characterized as perceptive, resourceful, innovative, and compassionate clinicians.

CJ: The opportunities to excel in veterinary medicine, biomedical science, and related fields are plentiful if a graduate is well trained, engaged, innovative, and eager to work hard. I believe the opportunities are more diverse and exciting now than when I graduated 32 years ago.

JJ: First off, the sheer diversity of jobs that are available. Second, new graduates are natural life-long learners, and digital/virtual platforms will enable them to learn and recraft their job profile. Not only will there be more diverse jobs, but also the speed at which new graduates can pivot and change their area of veterinary interest is super easy. Big data, cloud computing, smart phones, wearable technologies, AI and reliable access to information make the client interface, disease diagnosis, treatment and monitoring a totally different experience. New platforms will allow the graduate to interact in diverse ways, through diverse media with their client (picture, video, chat), and these new doctors will have all their patients’ information at their fingertips, on their smart device, whenever/wherever they want it. The




opportunities in biomedical sciences, bioengineering, bioinformatics, omics, and their application to food animal, production systems, rural health, One Health and companion animal will continue to grow and veterinary graduates should be at the planning table.

What’s the next significant breakthrough (revolution?) in veterinary medicine?

EG: Telehealth/telemedicine, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, virtual reality, other technologies.

CH: I believe telemedicine will change how the public accesses veterinary care and precision medicine will change the breadth of treatment options and will facilitate disease cures that were once impossible.

CJ: Changes in the way data are collected, analyzed, and interpreted will lead to development of new technology and new systems of practice. And yet, success in practice will always come down to a person’s skills in developing the relationship between a veterinarian, client, and patient.

JJ: In food animal production systems, it will be the application of supercomputing/AI/big data and block chain, or a similar technology, all working together to produce a safe and secure food supply for the USA and the world. Personalized pet medicine, partnered with AI and/ or telemedicine, rapid decentralized diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring, all driven by technology, wearable devices, new platforms and the ever-increasing human-animal bond, will change the way we interact with our clients, continue to provide more information about our pets, and drive the value that companion animals bring into our homes and communities.

Are we, as a profession, adequately dealing with issues related to private practice ownership?


EG: We, as a profession, are certainly paying attention to private practice ownership, including that related to the consolidation of veterinary practices. Veterinary colleges are providing much more training in financial literacy and other business knowledge and skills than ever before, including demonstration of the financial advantages of practice ownership. With that said, we are also pleased at the breadth of exciting opportunities for graduates today, such as flexible schedules, part-time practice, and remote work locations. This flexibility allows veterinarians to find the career models that function well for them at any point in their work life.

CH: I don’t think we are. We need to do a better job providing students and early-career veterinarians with business skills and the appropriate mentorship needed to facilitate business ownership and transition of private practices from one veterinarian to another.

CJ: Changes in economics, markets, workforce, and data assimilation/analytics will exert changes in the profession and in practice ownership. Corporate practice systems vary widely, but all require the ability of a veterinarian to work within a specified administrative/ business model. These models are well suited for the professional needs of some graduates. Private practice will continue to provide opportunities for professional and personal success by being highly responsive to local markets, service-driven, and engaged professionally with other private practices in aspects of purchasing power, capitalization of major equipment, and human resource management. Economic opportunity will continue to drive change, and our graduates must be ready to work in a constantly evolving environment.

JJ: This is a complicated question. As a profession, probably not in a cohesive fashion. And when I say profession, I mean all of us. For the most part, in academia, perhaps our admissions criteria haven’t really sought out entrepreneurial/business minds. That narrows the pool. Second, historically speaking, while in veterinary school, academia has not taught a great deal of finance—personal, business, and practice ownership. Lastly, years ago, graduates didn’t have the debt burden they do now, so practice ownership was a bit easier. It is still totally do-able now, but young graduates must be intentional about budgeting, and some practice owners are aiding in intentional transitional plans. Across the

ecosystem, everyone is working on new ideas to address this—from admissions committees to business courses (or extra ones) embedded in the curriculum, from private practices with intentional-designed, scale-up buy-in plans, to the private bank lenders.

a. student training in personal management/ economic viability (i.e., ensuring careful borrowing/judicious spending),

What’s your best idea for addressing new graduates’ debt?

c. placing graduates in the best position to succeed (having a competency-based, responsive, relevant, well-managed curriculum),

EG: There is no simple solution, yet collectively we can make a difference. Employers, veterinary colleges, organized veterinary medicine, and the students themselves all play a role. Veterinarians hiring new graduates can offer higher salaries. The figure has been shared that $2000 more in salary can service $50,000 in debt. That is an accomplishable figure. Some practices are offering creative loan repayment benefits. Other local, state, and national loan repayment and loan forgiveness plans exist, such as those associated with public service. While veterinary colleges rarely control their tuition and fees, because tuition and fees are usually regulated by the university or the state, they can offer training in business and finances throughout the curriculum in a progressive manner, such as financial literacy early in the curriculum and practice management, practice ownership, negotiations, etc., later in the curriculum. Veterinary colleges are devoting much time to raising money for student scholarships through philanthropy. The AVMA and the AAVMC are developing financial literacy tools accessible to students. The students can increase their financial literacy in a number of ways and can minimize the money they borrow. Again, this is a complicated, multifaceted issue that must be addressed in an ongoing manner by all.

b. ongoing educational review/reform (i.e., improving educational efficiency without reducing quality),

d. mentoring/networking (i.e., the entire profession has a stake in introducing new veterinarians to their networks), e. supporting business models that favor entrepreneurship and practice ownership (supporting practitioners through excellent CE and referral services, and expanding opportunities for training in business principles), f. placing veterinarians in a variety of fields that diversify their economic opportunities and provide an appropriate level of pay for their veterinary expertise, g. advocating for federal/state legislation favorable to higher education and affordability, and h. cultivating a strong base of philanthropic support for academic scholarships. Sources of support should include individuals, corporations, and industry cooperatives.

CH: There is not one single idea that best addresses this issue. It needs to be a combination of training our students to be fiscally responsible, striving to increase student scholarships and loan repayment forgiveness programs, and placing value on our education and work as evidenced by what we charge for our services. Dean Jason Johnson

CJ: Student debt is a symptom of a complex problem. A multifaceted, balanced approach is needed. Here are eight important components:




JJ: You cannot have a conversation about the challenges in veterinary higher education today without the topic of student debt coming up. Veterinary medicine is not alone; in fact, student loans are the #1 non-housing debt in the USA. Some have questioned the sustainability of our traditional higher educational models. However, I believe the institution of higher education holds great value—for the learner, for the states or regions it serves, and for society as a whole. The approach to the issue requires activation of the whole ecosystem that surrounds the learner, from undergraduate to new employee and beyond. There is no silver bullet, and all of the very smart people that have been meeting at summits and meetings around this issue tell us just that. I would say that the learner of the future might just choose a streamlined, technology-rich, low overhead, lower cost, specific track in veterinary medicine, where she/he can learn at their own pace, pick up their credentials, get through quicker, and enter the workforce earlier. It’s already happening with other professions.

What keeps you awake at night? What from a global health standpoint scares you the most?

EG: One thing that scares me is that we in the veterinary profession will focus on the challenges rather than the opportunities. A specific example is leveraging technologies in our exponentially changing world, with telehealth/telemedicine being just one component. Digital medicine will occur; in fact, it is progressing at a staggering rate. At the recent Veterinary Innovation Summit at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the first four speakers about digital health were non-veterinarians. They said, “We prefer to work with veterinarians, but we will not wait on you.” That is a reality check and a call to action. Veterinarians must lead or they will be led. From a global health standpoint, I believe we all worry about feeding the growing world population and about the real, pending threat of a global pandemic. Veterinarians have an essential role to play in both.

CH: The need for better coordination across the various aspects of One Health. Whether we are facing a threat to food security, a highly contagious zoonotic


disease, or the impact of our lifestyle choices on environmental health, if we do not come together across professions, disciplines, national borders, and cultures to collectively address these threats, we will see more and more catastrophic consequences. We must engage in thoughtful dialogue, evidence-based approaches to problems, and a clear plan for workforce development.

Dean Calvin Johnson

CJ: I am always concerned about maintaining appropriate responses and deterrents to the potential introduction of foreign animal diseases and the threat of human-induced calamities (e.g., highly pathogenic avian influenza, food and mouth disease, BSE, chemical/ biological terrorism, and others). I am also concerned about the importance of fulfilling the veterinarian’s obligation to society to mitigate and manage situations that jeopardize animal health, public health & safety, domestic food supply, and international trade.

JJ: Global food safety and security and what I like to call the six Ts, which I will identify in a minute. First, the global population is projected to be adding 1 million people per week for the next 40 years; we need to produce more food over the next 40 years than during the last 500 years. Veterinarians have always been and will continue to be integral in ensuring that the world’s population has access to food and that food is safe. Now, the six Ts, each of which is amplified to a level never before seen on our planet: Trade, Tourism, Transport, Terrorism, Technology and Travel/migration. It does not take long for one to muster a long list of how each of these intersect the pivotal role the veterinarian plays in society.


Veterinarians Open Doors College Launches Branding Initiative

The College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a branding initiative, Veterinarians Open Doors, to showcase the significant impact veterinarians and others in the profession are making worldwide. We’ve been collecting stories to feature on the website, and we need you to help us tell stories by submitting information online.

How You Can Assist 1. Spread the word through your personal social media and to professional colleagues, friends and family; share what the college’s social media is sharing. 2. Add stories to the website; help us recognize the important work veterinarians do daily. 3. Use the hashtag #VeterinariansOpenDoors to spread the message.

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111TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Wraps Up as Record-Setting Event Save the date for the 112th Annual Conference and 14th Annual J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference: Oct. 17-20, 2019.


The Bailey Awards Alumni recognized with College of Veterinary Medicine’s highest awards

he 111th Annual Conference, now history, takes its place in the archives as one of the largest and most successful for the College

of Veterinary Medicine. Drawing some 611 attendees for the annual conference Oct. 18-21, the event was expanded to also involve the 13th Annual J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference; bestowing of the college’s highest alumni awards, the Wilford S. Bailey Awards and the El Toro achievement award; as well as alumni reunions for 10 classes: 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. Some 485 college alumni and their guests attended these reunions.


From left, Dean Calvin Johnson with 2018 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Robert Hoyt ’74, Steven Swaim ’71 and Patricia Kennedy Arrington ’71

Three outstanding alumni and ambassadors of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine were honored Oct. 19 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center by the college for their distinguished professional careers. Patricia Kennedy Arrington ’71, Robert Hoyt ’74 and Steven Swaim ’71 were recognized as the 2018 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni. The award is the highest honor given to College of Veterinary Medicine alumni to recognize their accomplishments in veterinary medicine, outstanding contributions to his or her community and the advancement of animal and human health. The award is named to honor the late Wilford S. Bailey, who held a 50-year continuous faculty appointment at Auburn, serving in positions ranging from instructor to university president. A 1942 graduate of the college, Bailey was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Following his death in 2000, it was named for him. The awardees were recognized in three different areas of eligibility for the awards: academia, private practice, and research and public policy. Kennedy Arrington is the co-founder and owner of two veterinary practices in Louisville, Kentucky, the Jefferson Animal Hospitals, which includes the Fern Creek Wellness & Surgery Center and the Outer Loop 24-hour Emergency Center. Both are considered among the top practices in the state and beyond for their commitment to animal care and the human bond. Both practices are operated using fear-free and low-stress techniques, ensuring the pet and their owner a positive experience. “We believe that gentle handling and compassion, not muscling down the animal, will go far in how the animal feels about us and especially ensuring the owner will return their pet for health care visits,” she said. Upon receiving the Bailey Award, Kennedy Arrington said, “I am very passionate in my practice and among my community activities about talking and teaching about veterinary medicine. I like to encourage students, and I tell all that I work with to get involved and move the profession forward. I am extremely pleased and honored to receive this award.” Hoyt, who currently serves as the Animal Program director and attending veterinarian with the National

Cancer Institute-Bethesda Lab Animal Science Program, spoke also about giving back. “I am quite humbled,” Hoyt said. “Coming to Auburn has been a wonderful lifelong experience for me and it helped me to develop a lot of confidence and really move forward with my life. I have many lifelong friends whom I met here, and I want to especially thank the Admissions Committee for allowing me to attend veterinary medicine school at Auburn.” Swaim, former director of the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the college, also talked of his lifelong and deep ties to Auburn University and to the community. “I cannot tell you how honored I am for the 38 years spent at Auburn,” Swaim said. “This award is a great honor and it is an even greater honor to receive recognition like this from an institution like Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.” Now making his home in Kansas, Swaim said, “I have to come back at least twice each year to get my blue and orange fix.”

About the Bailey Distinguished Alumni Recipients Kennedy Arrington is a licensed, practicing veterinarian with more than 46 years of experience in both small and large animal medicine and surgery. She is co-founder and owner of Louisville’s Jefferson Animal Hospital and Regional Emergency Center, opened Patricia Kennedy in 1978. In 1980, the Arrington emergency center was expanded to provide 24hour veterinary care with doctors and trained staff. An 8,000-square-foot facility was constructed in 1996, taking the business concept to an increased level of service and earning Jefferson Animal Hospital national recognitions. Her second hospital, Jefferson Animal Hospital Fern Creek, opened in 1985. This “sister’’ facility operates during normal business hours and works in tandem with the Emergency Center.


Both Jefferson Animal Hospitals are certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which requires strict standards and inspections, the first animal hospitals in Louisville to achieve this honor. Jefferson Animal Hospitals currently employ 14 licensed veterinarians and approximately 50 support staff.

Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine with distinction, earning every academic rank from instructor to professor.

Kennedy Arrington also is active in her community where she is an avid supporter of numerous youth education programs and the arts.

Steve Swaim

Robert Hoyt

Hoyt is Animal Program director and attending veterinarian for the National Cancer Institute Lab Animal Science Program in Bethesda, Maryland. He directs the program in support of the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research, where he leads a staff of more than 80 professionals.

Among his noted accomplishments, Hoyt developed a waste anesthetic gas management plan for rodent imaging facilities and training plan for investigators which has become the model for the NIH intramural program; developed a novel intra-bone marrow delivery system in swine and non-human primates for delivery of hematopoietic stem cells as a potential treatment platform for a number of diseases, including leukemia; developed a hands-on surgical training program for research staff; and co-developed with NCI researchers real-time MRI imaging techniques for lymphatics in primates, dogs and pigs, including real-time visualization of sentinel nodes in prostate cancer model. He is active on numerous NIH research and advisory groups and boards and has a long list of peer-reviewed scientific research publications. Hoyt served in the U.S. military and holds professional veterinary licensure in the states of Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

Swaim earned his DVM from Kansas State University, and after a year in private practice, he served three years as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He came to Auburn in 1971 for advanced training in veterinary surgery and earned his Master of Science degree in veterinary surgery under the late Dr. Frank Hoerlein. For the remainder of his career, he served the


Swaim provided leadership of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, and in 1984, became the second director of the Scott-Ritchey Research Center, succeeding its founder, Dr. Hoerlein.

In 1990, he stepped down from that administrative post to become the center’s director of the Wound Healing and Reconstructive Surgery and Sports Medicine programs, where his contributions to research and education flourished for the next decade. Now retired and residing once again in his home state of Kansas, Swaim holds the title of professor emeritus of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine and senior scientist in Scott-Ritchey Research Center at Auburn University.

The El Toro Award Oklahoma veterinarian and Auburn alumnus receives El Toro Award Calvin White, DVM, of Ada, Oklahoma, a ’77 College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, received the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine for his dedicated work in food animal practice.

Calvin White

White was presented the award during the college’s 111th Annual Conference.

Following graduation from Auburn, White became an associate in a three-veterinarian mixed-animal practice in Coalgate, Oklahoma, a practice that was approximately 70 percent beef cattle service, including commercial cow-calf, purebred cattle ranches, and stocker cattle. In 1981, he bought half interest in Ada Veterinary Clinic in Ada, and assumed full ownership in 2007.

Veterinary Technician Students from Tishimingo, Oklahoma. He was recognized as Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year in 2012 and named Distinguished Alumnus for the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. The El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine was established in 1994 and has been awarded annually through the generosity of Dr. James G. Floyd Jr. in memory of his father, J.G. Floyd. From left, Dean Calvin Johnson, Calvin White ’77 and Dwight Wolfe, professor emeritus

His mixed practice employs four full-time and one part-time veterinarians, and serves a broad area around Ada and includes services for commercial and purebred beef herds, extensive stocker calf operations, a large sale barn and dairy producers. The practice also serves sheep, goat and swine producers, along with pleasure and competitive horse operations. “I want to thank the Auburn food animal veterinary faculty for nominating me for this award, and I want to thank Dr. [J.T.] Vaughan [dean emeritus] for raising the bar high for Auburn veterinary students,” White said.

The award recognizes a veterinarian, who through his or her contributions to food animal practice and organized veterinary medicine, high ideals and dedication to the production of food animals, serves as a role model for veterinary students. A major focus of the award is to provide opportunity for interaction between veterinary students and the recipient to increase veterinary students’ interest in food animal medicine.

Annual Conference/Vaughan Equine Conference

White is a member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, the Society for Theriogenology, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association. He served on the program committee for the Western States Veterinary Conference; and he has served as a mentor for the Auburn Preceptorship Program for 36 years, through which numerous students under his tutelage have gone on to productive practice careers.

Held this year for the first time in conjunction with the J.T. Vaughan Equine Conference, Annual Conference attracted more than 600 participants attending specifically for the up to 20 hours of continuing education programs offered in the areas of equine medicine; practice management; small animal medicine; farm animal medicine; veterinary technicians programs; pharmacy; and laboratory education.

Additionally, White served on the Coalgate, Oklahoma, school board, was president of the Pontotoc County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Pontotoc County Extension Advisory Committee. He was president of the Oklahoma Quarter Association and served on the national board of directors and the Public Policy Committee of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Wendy S. Myers served as keynote speaker. Myers is a certified veterinary journalist whose consulting firm, Communication Solutions for Veterinarians Inc. in Denver, Colorado, helps veterinary teams and owners improve communication skills, compliance, client service and hospital management.

He served as president of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association and is currently chair of the organization’s Legislative Committee. White served on the Guidance Committee for the Murray State College Veterinary Technician Program and as mentor for

Other featured speakers included:

A noteworthy slate of internationally respected experts, including more than 40 Auburn veterinary faculty, in addition to residents and veterinary technicians, were featured speakers and presenters.

• Equine Conference: Steve Adair, associate professor of equine surgery at the College of


Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is a burn injury specialist and an expert in equine rehabilitation modalities. Adair founded and is director of the Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, the only university-based course in equine rehabilitation in the United States. • Small Animal: Michael Willard, senior professor and professor emeritus of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy (flexible and rigid). • Farm Animal: Bob Larson, the Edgar E. and M. Elizabeth Coleman Chair of Food Animal Production Medicine at Kansas State University, and executive director of KSU’s Veterinary Medical Continuing Education. Larson’s research focuses on investigating ways to improve beef cattle health, production and reproduction. His primary area of interest is the integration of animal health, production efficiency and economic considerations in beef cattle production.

Because This is Auburn Campaign Celebration

Distributed at the celebration was the recently published biography, The Cary Legacy: Dr. Charles Allen Cary, Father of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn and in the South, written by Sam Hendrix, retired development director for the college. AU President Steven Leath congratulated the college’s donors, saying, “what you’ve accomplished through this campaign truly is exceptional. “You have helped to shape the future of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and we will see the outcomes of your investments for generations to come—because it is here, in this college, that our future guardians of the world’s food supply, promoters of national security, scientists, veterinarians, CEOs and educators will rise to take their place in this world, discovering cures for new diseases, developing therapies for existing and emerging diseases, and—as they have been since the very beginning—the perpetual caretakers of our pets and food animals. “Through your support, Auburn will advance society with research and outreach, improving health around the world. We will work with our partners to create a stronger Alabama and a safer America. And we will do all these things while also creating a more sustainable world.” Dean Calvin Johnson thanked donors for their generous philanthropy, saying, “What we celebrate tonight, and where we celebrate it rests on the shoulders of donors who believe not only in hard work, but also in the importance of education, which, as our creed states ‘gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.’ “Because of that belief, John and Rosemary Brown’s philanthropy enabled us to build a world-class Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital that will train our people and handle our caseload for years to come. “And because of your investments, our researchers in the Scott-Ritchey Research Center are close to finding a solution for a neurodegenerative disease of children that currently has no cure—GM1 gangliosidosis. Because of this college’s scientists, a treatment conceived and proven in cats in the center next door is now approved by the FDA to enter human clinical trials in early 2019.

Social activities enjoyed by conference attendees included the celebration recognizing the close of the Because This is Auburn capital campaign, which raised a record-breaking $88,192,544 for the college.


“[Y]our philanthropy has...touch[ed] every corner in this college, from the 121 new student scholarships to our two new professorships, which enable us to recruit and retain world-renowned faculty members.”

2018 Annual Conference Sponsors GOLD LEVEL



Alumni Reunions More than 485 alumni and their guests returned for reunion night, held the Saturday night of Annual Conference. The class of 1968 celebrated their 50th class reunion; others marking milestone years were: 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

Class of


Front Row (L to R): Ted Cundiff, Harold Reece, Donald Wood, David Kuykendall, William Baker, Dorsey Hightower, Jerry Burch, David Gunter, Jerry Bancroft, John Meadows, Harold Black, Robert Wilmarth, Howard Lynn McHugh | Second Row: Eduardo Garcia, Ernest Godfrey, Charles Moyers, Edward Wolff, Freddie Merritt | Third Row: David Jones, Joe Priest, Ed Sellers, Tommy Little, John Battley, Hughbert Doerr, Leslie Tremaine, Lomax Walker, Ray Sullivan, Thomas Whitley, Mike Thomas, William Sternenberg | Back Row: William Dewitt, Bobby Brown, Claude Buckles, Bryant Culpepper, John Wink, Jacob DeJong, Luke Blanton


Class of


Front Row (L to R): Mark Ingram, Eleanor Green, John Freeland, Frank Brush, Ed Murray, William Purdy, Henry Wayne Bailey, Cheryl McNeil | Second Row: David Wirtzberger, Kenneth Quirk, Thomas Allison, William Allen, Richard Goranflo, Joseph Arcuri, Douglas Hooks, Michael Mossler | Back Row: Alfred Harrell, Bill Renfroe, John Sanders, Robert Young, Donald Jack Davis, Dan Jennings, Bob Page, William Ronald Welch, Jerry B. Hackett, Barry Gordon, Raymond Ard

Class of


Front Row (L to R): James Kanzler, Martha Thomas, Kandra Jones, Edgar Pryor, James Fullerton, James Thrash, Faith Drumheller, Nancy Bader, Susan Clubb, Janine Davie, Gail Anderson, Karen Wolfsheimer | Middle Row: H.D. Stokes, Phil Baxter, Donald Goodwin, Thomas Bevis, Allan Holladay, Michael Woodward, Randall Mims, James B. Anderson, Fred Brammell | Back Row: Allan Bowling, Charles Harris, Calvin Walker, William Russum, Buddy Ray, Robert Coley, Jere Colley, Richard Thompson, Norman Fulper, James Trantham, Herris Maxwell, Rodney Baker


Class of


First Row (L to R): Katherine Horky-Burns, Delilah Windus, Sarah Rowe Morton, Craig Hines, Wendy Ryan, Ann Wolicki-Ascher, Ann Thomas, Caroline Montgomery Brown, Nora Grant, Sandra Daniel, Mike Bagley, Lynn Cofield, Rebecca Hall, Kathryn Neel | Second Row: Dana Kessler, Charlotte Cotton, Robin Hayes, Joseph Yocum, Mary Battistella, Kristen Hammett, Steven Haynes, Robert Gaddis, Michael Brown, John Jackson, Roderick Tubbs, Sarah Smith, Teresa Wills | Third Row: Melanie Donofro, Steven Wills, Robert Baker, Joel Schrader, Dan Whitlow, Louis Johnson, Mark Hayes, Zeke Zekoff, Gregory Daniel, Donna Lauderdale, Paula Thorne | Back Row: Kenny Brock, Steven Petcher, Gus Mueller, Keith Jacoby, Ray Coble, Kenneth Schmidt, Sam Cartner, Mickey Golden, Jerome Jennings, Greg Kelley, William Diehl, Chris Duke, Walter Haines

Class of


Front Row (L to R): Scott White, William Whitlow, Marilyn Moore, Lee McGill, Beth Griffin-Overton, George Mckenna, David Suarez | Second Row: Lynn Hagood, Kevin Vance, Renee Palmer, Frank Pierce, Steven Bryan, Rupert Patton III, Omar Johnson | Back Row: David Evans, Donald Wilkey, Robert Pfister, Mark Moore, Russ Simpkins, Marc Nay, Bryan Murphy, Robert Knarr, Joey Collins, Gary Yates


Class of


Front Row (L to R): Pamela Neiser, Doralee Donaldson, Carol Houston, Heidi Hulon, Melanie Greene, Meredith Owens, Patricia Palumbo, Wendy Jolley, Barbara Dworak, Tammy Thomason-Smith, Mary Martin, Erin Tepe, Kimberly Brinton, Susan Hall | Second Row: Janna Sullivan Tavel, Leslie Sherwood, Bill Gilbert, Teresa Worth, Karen Stewart, Raymond Rood, Tracy Lilly, David Landers, Martha Briley, Lori White, Tavis White, Joanna Milford, Cindy Young | Back Row: Luis Arguelles, Larry Wise, Frederick Steverson, Dale Waters, Jeff Jacobs, Wesley Pattison, Douglas Daniels, Shannon McGee, David Hannon, Brian Jull, Robert Watts, John Taormina, Rhonda Caudill

Class of


Front Row (L to R): Kellye Joiner, Madonna Higgins, Charissa Rexroad, Missy Jewell | Second Row: Troy Jones, Clark Slone, Lauralee Rubsch, Heather Smithson, Lisa Abbitt, C. Adam Carter, Dana Childs | Back Row: Bart Bryan, Robert Cole, Anthony Brizendine, Kimberly Roberts, J. Andy Wilks, Elizabeth Rush, Michelle Stephenson, Richard Mills, Tony Fuller


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Front Row (L to R): Kimberly Rushing, Jaime Dunn, Lorin Hillman, Lisa Plaisance | Second Row: Stephanie Baxter, Francene Petro | Back Row: Jeremy Hodges, Paige Stroud, Chris Reeder, Paul Evans

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Front Row (L to R): Abby Stephens, Kelly Barrett, McCall Lurie, Adrienne Robertson, Ashley Kanzler, Elizabeth Duplantis, Katie Goodwin, Jenny Brown-Todd | Back Row: Juston Schmidtke, Jennifer Rainey, Levi Plunkett, Julie Buford, Chase Whitworth, Randall Plaisance, Jocelyn Richardson


Front Row (L to R): Suzanne Barnes, Laura Webb, Emily Yunker, Jamie Alka, Brittany Chaney Bartlett, Margaret Palmer, Audra Cook, Amanda Snelgrove | Second Row: Laura Catharine Brittain, Casey Eckert Kight, Christi Standridge, Abby Crow, Cori Dayton, Samantha Karl, Megan Hipsman, Anna Reddish, Stephanie Moore | Back Row: Daniel Weldon, Bradley Johnson, Caleb Palmer, Gary Hamlin


Annual Conference Many events were part of the 111th Annual Conference. Take a look at the CE, receptions, sessions and celebrations.




Gulf Shores educational complex opens

Left to Right: Paul Brown, Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Dean Calvin Johnson; Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft; Auburn President Steven Leath; B.T. Roberts, Auburn Board of Trustees; Bill Hutto, director of the Auburn University Regional Airport and Auburn University Aviation Center; and Larry Fillmer, executive director, Auburn University Research Office of External Engagement and Support


n a move that strengthens the educational and economic development resources for the citizens of South Alabama and the Gulf Coast, Auburn University launched a new educational complex in Gulf Shores Oct. 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility.

“At Auburn, we seize every opportunity to fulfill our land-grant mission,” said Auburn University President Steven Leath. “This outstanding facility affords more Alabamians access to Auburn’s world-renowned faculty, innovations and discoveries, and it expands our capacity for transformational instruction, research and outreach.”

The centerpiece of the 24,000-square-foot complex is the Auburn Veterinary Specialists – Gulf Shores, a veterinary referral center which opened Feb. 11. The complex also includes aviation instruction, research administration and cooperative extension support for that region, delivering a tangible value to the state of Alabama while providing the community access to Auburn’s pioneering research and innovative faculty.

Adjacent to Gulf Shores’ planned Coastal Alabama Center for Education Excellence, the new complex expands Auburn’s role as a partnership university, anchoring Auburn’s efforts in South Alabama and coordinating research among faculty and researchers on the Gulf Coast.


“Establishing the Auburn University Educational Complex is a giant step in the right direction for the


future of education in our community and we couldn’t be prouder or more excited to welcome the Auburn Family to Gulf Shores,” said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “This is absolutely something we dreamed about … creating a better opportunity for education in totality for Gulf Shores.” The complex’s 12,000-square-foot veterinary referral center provides specialty veterinary care in surgery on a referral basis and will allow senior-level veterinary students to participate in two weeks of clinical rotation under the supervision of clinical faculty. Lee Ann McGill, DVM ’88, who practices veterinary medicine at Magnolia by the Gulf Animal Clinic in Gulf Shores, said she sees endless opportunities for students, a place for research, and convenient surgical facilities for complicated procedures for pets and farm animals.

room will help expand the Master Gardener network in Baldwin County. In addition, the complex will feature a landscape demonstration and training garden for industry and homeowner programs.

The new location serves as a base of operations for Auburn’s regional economic development and entrepreneurial activity through administrative space for Auburn’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Meeting and office space is available there for collaboration among business and industry leaders and Auburn experts. Focus areas will include coordinating research in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and training highly skilled technical personnel focused on aerospace.

“The fact that just two miles from my clinic we have a CT scanner and an MRI available to our patients is amazing. We are excited about having the additional services they will bring, as well as their expertise,” she said. The veterinary center offers six exam rooms, two operating rooms, intensive and critical care areas, a treatment suite and endoscopy room, a clinical laboratory, a pharmaceutical dispensing area, comprehensive imaging capabilities (MRI, CT, ultrasound, and radiography), an infectious diseases isolation area, pet nutrition kitchen and separate housing capabilities for dogs and cats.

President Steven Leath speaks to audience as Gulf Shores mayor Robert Craft listens.

Also housed at the complex: • The Auburn University Aviation Center, designed to provide aviation learning opportunities for K-12 students as well as host Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) courses to prepare students, entrepreneurs and professionals for such industries as mapping and surveying, precision agriculture and public safety. • The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) will offer a plant diagnostic lab at the complex, helping plant nursery operators, farmers and homeowners diagnose and manage plant disease and insect problems. A new Extension agent will likewise be housed there, and a resource

Dean Calvin Johnson shows off the SOMATOM® Perspective CT scanner.



Veterinary Medical First

State-of-the-Art Linear Accelerator


he College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Oncology Service are preparing for the future, making building modifications to install a new radiation therapy machine (linear accelerator)—the only one of its kind in a veterinary teaching hospital worldwide. The upgrades will enable the Oncology Service to offer a new treatment technique called Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT) in addition to conventional treatments that are completed in 18-20 weekday treatment sessions. SRT is a highly targeted and image-guided therapy that will enable curative-intent treatments to be completed in 1-5 treatment sessions. In many cases, the new equipment will allow delivery of traditional treatments, SRT, and palliative treatments with vastly diminished potential for side effects typically associated with radiation therapy.


While these upgrades are underway, the Oncology Service would like the referral veterinary community to know: • The Oncology Service will not be able to provide external beam radiation therapy until June/July 2019; • Medical and Surgical Oncology Services will remain fully operational; • Radiation Oncology will continue to conduct strontium radiation therapy for treatment of superficial skin and ocular cancers; • Medical Oncology currently provides electrochemotherapy, used in some tumors that are closer to the body surface, or for tumors that have incomplete excisions in some situations where the client is not able or willing to pursue post-operative radiation therapy or further surgery.



HOLIDAY MIRACLE Scooby’s successful skull tumor surgery


f at the heart of every miracle is transformation of a hopeless situation, then the Vinson family of Phenix City, Alabama, received their miracle with the successful skull tumor surgery for their dog, Scooby. The one-year-old Great Dane mix underwent surgery Dec. 10 at the college’s Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital to remove the large bony tumor on the right upper side of his skull. He was discharged two days later, doing exceedingly well and wagging his tail when he was returned to his owners, Casey and Cindy Vinson. The three-hour surgery was under the direction of veterinary oncology surgeons Dr. Brad Matz and Dr. Daniel Linden; Dr. Katelyn Hlusko, a resident in small animal

surgery; and numerous oncology and anesthesia faculty, technicians and fourth-year clinical students. Surgeons performed a challenging procedure: removing an extensive 12cm tumor from the front of the skull, as well as part of the jaw, a nasal bone and frontal bones. “The Vinsons are great folks and Scooby is clearly an important part of their family,” Matz said. “I am happy to have played a small role in their story and I wish them the best.” “I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was three years old and this case is exactly why,” said Kileigh Speed of Dothan, Alabama, the fourth-year veterinary student assigned to the case. “Veterinary medicine is a people-oriented job that allows you to combine a passion





for both animals and people, and this case proved just how phenomenal it can be. “What I will take away from this is that it’s possible— even when so many things are stacked against you—with the right people in place and a plan, it’s possible,” she said. Other fourth-year students involved in the case were Courtney Hawthorne of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Kelly Whippo of Longwood, Florida, who were on the oncology surgery rotation. “There were times in the surgery I was holding my breath because I saw the trust between the surgeons and the team, and that was superb to watch,” Speed said. “Veterinary medicine is an exciting adventure where I learn every day and I am in awe of what I experienced with this case. I know I’ll never forget it and it will mold me to be a better veterinarian when I graduate.” The Vinsons already consider Scooby to be a miracle dog, adopted in September from an Atlanta-area animal shelter for their daughter, Georgia-Ray, who has Rett syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder. The disease has caused Georgia-Ray to have limited intentional movements, something Scooby immediately changed.

“It’s rare for her [Georgia-Ray] to smile and connect to anyone, and she immediately did with Scooby.” Casey Vinson




’50 Thomas LeClair “Clair” Allen, DVM, 90, of

Tennessee, then served in the U.S. Army Ordinance

Greenville, Miss., died Nov. 20, 2018. Following

Corps 1950-1952 as a military intelligence specialist.

graduation from Auburn in 1950, Allen practiced

He was a member of Omega Tau Sigma fraternity

in Memphis, Tenn., for two years before moving to

at Auburn. After graduation and marriage in 1958,

Greenville, where he spent his career in veterinary

Chapman had a private veterinary practice for five

medical practice. He served as past president of

years in Chattanooga. He sold his practice in 1962

Greenville Rotary Club, having 55 years of perfect

to begin graduate studies, first at Colorado State

attendance. He was a member and past president of

University, where he received his Master of Science

the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, and

degree in radiology, and later a Ph.D. in pathology

was chosen as Veterinarian of the Year in Mississippi

and radiology from the University of Wisconsin. He

in 1994. He was an honor roll member of the

returned to the University of Georgia, where he’d

American Veterinary Medical Association, a member

previously served before seeking advanced degrees.

of the American Animal Hospital Association since

He rose from the ranks of assistant professor to

1955, and he served on the Advisory Committee of

head, Department of Medicine and Surgery, and

the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi

later, professor, Department of Pathology. He retired

State University. He is survived by two daughters; one

in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann; two

son; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;

daughters; and one granddaughter.

and extended family.

’58 David Kelley, DVM, 84, of Franklin, Tenn., died

’51 Harry Stanley McAbee, DVM, 93, of Orlando,

Sept. 24, 2018. A native of Rockford, Alabama, he

Fla., died Nov. 1, 2018. He enlisted in the Marines at

practiced veterinary medicine in Memphis, Tenn.,

the age of 17 and served his country in World War II.

for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Wilma; one

Following his service, he attended Auburn University

daughter and two grandchildren.

and studied veterinary medicine. Following graduation, he and his bride, Jacqueline, moved to Orlando where they opened McAbee Veterinary Hospital, and he practiced his love for animals for nearly 40 years. He was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Orange County East-Winter Park and recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and a founding member of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, tending to his grapevines, watching his Auburn Tigers play, and spending time with family. He is survived by five children; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

’58 W. L. Chapman, Jr., DVM, 89, of Athens, Ga., died Oct. 7, 2018. A Tennessee native, Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of

’59 George W. Grimes, DVM, 83, of Louisville, Ky., died Oct. 16, 2018. After graduating cum laude from Auburn and earning his DVM, he moved to Louisville to open a small animal clinic where he practiced for 50 years, retiring in 2014. He served as past president of the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association. He loved music, learning to play the organ and piano; a weekly golf game; and fishing with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

’60 William L. Adams, DVM, 83, of Mt. Vernon, Ky., died Oct. 10, 2018. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he earned his DVM from Auburn. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, and upon honorable discharge, he returned first to



Somerset and then to Mt. Vernon to continue his

’77 David Joseph Stricker, Sr., DVM, 67, of Amelia,

service to others. He became known for providing

Ohio, died Dec. 25, 2018. An undergraduate of the

compassionate and excellent care for animals and

University of Kentucky, Stricker worked at Highland

was affectionately called “Doc” or “Doc Adams” by

Heights Veterinary Hospital and Grady Animal

those who knew and loved him. He and his late wife,

Hospital in Dayton, Ky., after he earned the DVM.

Lillian, established the Adams Veterinary Clinic on

In 1980, he opened Clermont Animal Hospital in

the family farm that has been in his family for multiple

Batavia, Ohio. He had a deep passion for veterinary

generations. “Doc” provided veterinary medical

medicine and grew his practice into a thriving clinic,

care for more than 50 years and was well known for

caring for small and exotic animals of more than

his dedicated service to the profession of veterinary

20,000 families throughout the region. In 2003,

medicine. Adams is survived by extended family.

his daughter, Julia (Stricker) Esposito, DVM, joined

’69 Richard F. Hill, DVM, of Wetumpka, Ala., died Nov. 25, 2018. Hill received an undergraduate degree in 1965 before the DVM from Auburn. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and six years in the reserves. He practiced veterinary medicine for one year in Oneonta, Ala., and for 34 years at the Animal Health Center in Crestview, Fla. He served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; two sons; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and extended family.

’73 Kenneth Gerald Strong, DVM, 69, of Forest, Miss., died Oct. 10, 2018. A Mississippi native, he graduated from Mississippi State University before receiving his DVM from Auburn, where he was a member of Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity. He was a practicing veterinarian in Jackson, Miss., for three years before moving to Cleveland, where he owned and practiced medicine at Animal Medical Clinic for 11 years. He was employed by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service for 27 years, as a veterinary inspector in Forest, Miss., at McCarty, Lady Forest Farms and Tyson. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two daughters; two grandsons; and extended family.


his practice, and together they designed their new clinic, which opened in 2016. It has since been named the Best of the East by Cincy Magazine. Survivors include his children, four daughters and a son, and 10 grandchildren. The Batavia Community Center and Park will commemorate their new dog park in honor of Dr. Stricker.

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By Dr. Tom Vaughan ’55 | Dean Emeritus


he presidential election of 1968 saw the incumbent Lyndon Johnson challenged by a little known Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota, and the Republican candidate Richard Nixon. When Johnson unexpectedly backed out, Robert Kennedy announced his candidacy. George Wallace ran as an Independent. Then, when Kennedy was assassinated just after winning the California primary, Hubert Humphrey entered as a late candidate for the Democratic Party. The Democratic Convention in Chicago, arranged by Mayor Richard Daley, was marred by riots and police brutality. Nixon surprised everyone by choosing Spiro Agnew from Baltimore as his running mate, presumably to placate Southerners. Promising to end the decade-long Vietnam War, Nixon was elected 37th President of the U.S. by the narrowest margin since 1912 when Taft lost to Wilson. Martin Luther King, winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, was assassinated in a Memphis motel. Shortly after, James Earl Ray was arrested by Scotland Yard in London, and extradited to the U.S. to stand trial. In other events, 58-year-old dentist Philip Blaiberg of Cape Town, South Africa, became the third recipient of a transplanted heart performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard. The U.S. space craft Surveyor 7 landed successfully on the moon,


followed one year later by the two U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in Apollo 11. The U.S. exploded an experimental hydrogen bomb underground 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Helen Keller died at age 88. Aretha Franklin was at the height of her popularity. James D. Watson of Watson and Crick described the double helix, and Jackie Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis (Bernard Grun). High school and college graduation rates were at an all-time high – 75.6% of 17-year-olds and 22% of 23-year-olds. Two-year junior colleges proliferated—some 600-odd “J.C.s” by the late sixties. The same peak occurred in the immigration rate in North America (Garraty & McCaughey). Strikes and protests fueled the civil rights movement and racial desegregation nationwide—Los Angeles and Detroit being good examples outside the South. The Vietnam War intensified by 1968 when Johnson drastically increased American troop strength to 500,000 (Randolph G. Russell). These events were joined by the “genderization” of society in general, but feminization was particularly conspicuous on college campuses, leading to the sexual revolution. The use of illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and L.S.D. increased. In 1967, 10 percent of all babies were born out


of wedlock in contrast to over 40 percent today, marking as some say the beginning of the nation’s moral decline (Star Parker). In 1967, there were six specialty boards or colleges, recognized by the AVMA, including the disciplines, in order of approval, of pathology, veterinary public health (preventive medicine and epidemiology), laboratory animal medicine, radiology and radiation oncology, surgery, and toxicology. By 2015, 47 years later, there were 22, which mushroomed to 41 when the subspecialties were counted. Additionally, there were 31 associations based on discipline and species, and 57 more based on activities, ethnicity, gender, social orientation, etc. Finally, there were 402 associations based on state and regional location as of the printed AVMA Directory of 2007. In the face of such bewildering statistics, the grand old profession of the first half of the twentieth century is barely recognizable. Moreover, preparation of the student of the present day must assume a seemingly endless list of graduate study, internship and residency training, and apprenticeships that go off the scale. Willingness to diversify and pursue new opportunities are the requisites for success and, indeed, even survival (see Appendix). Most of you were born during World War II. In the brief space of one generation (25 years), America went through the First World War and the Great Depression. The South, additionally, underwent the Farmer’s Depression, exacerbated by the invasion of the cotton boll weevil, on top of an embargo of the entire cattle industry by the Texas Tick Fever that affected 15 southern states from the Carolinas to California, as well as hog cholera, tuberculosis, brucellosis, and pullorum disease that paralyzed the poultry industry. By the 1950s, the nation was understandably exhausted. The seminal sixties were preceded by what have been described as the complacent fifties, sometimes referred to as the silent generation, but what else could have been expected? By the passage of another decade, the nation was prepared for new horizons. The war in Vietnam had become increasingly unpopular. Martin Luther King had galvanized the nation on race relations that culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Feminism became a significant priority that found favor in the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Environmental concerns were endorsed by the new Nixon administration. The Space Race continued to accelerate, as did negotiations between the U.S., China, and Russia. All of this occurred during the years that attended the launch of your professional careers. Not lost in this kaleidoscopic cascade of events was a profession undergoing a metamorphosis that could have not been imagined a generation before, nor recognizable today, as you celebrate your 50th Anniversary. Paraphrasing an ancient Chinese curse, we live in interesting times.

Adapted from an address given to the Class of 1968 on their 50th Reunion Appendix An example is found in our daughter, Faythe Vaughan, who finished her formal DVM education with a B.S. in animal science and a second major in German. She earned a diploma from the Goethe Institute in Boppard, Germany, which she financed from summer work as a waitress and a lab assistant. She also had worked two summers in a large urban small animal clinic, one summer in a health research lab, and as a work-study employee as a lab animal attendant. Upon graduation, she served a year’s internship in small animal medicine at a state university. Although licensed in Alabama and Texas, she became licensed in Washington State. Initial employment in the Puget Sound area was a mixed practice including ambulatory service. This was followed by two small animal practices in Seattle, in turn succeeded by a feline exclusive practice. For the past three years, she has operated two referral practices— Seattle and Tacoma—that specialize in feline thyroid problems with emphasis on nuclear medicine. All of this has been in the course of 34 years of practice interrupted only briefly by one maternity leave. She is now a single parent, educating a 19-year-old son enrolled at Boston University.

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Auburn Veterinarian | Winter 2019  

Auburn Veterinarian" is a magazine published quarterly by the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for faculty, alumni, supporte...

Auburn Veterinarian | Winter 2019  

Auburn Veterinarian" is a magazine published quarterly by the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for faculty, alumni, supporte...