MVMA Elects Officers, Honors
Service During Convention
for photos from the 2008 MVMA 116th Annual Convention
More than 600 veterinarians, and veterinary
technicians, staff and students attended the Missouri Veterinary
Medical Association’s 116th Annual Convention Jan. 25-27
in Branson. The convention offered continuing education lectures
to participants and was highlighted by an awards banquet during
which Dr. Gregory Hammer, American Veterinary Medical Association
president, discussed the profession’s national priorities
Awards presented included:
Missouri State Veterinarian Dr.
Taylor H. Woods (MU CVM 1959), California, Mo., was
honored with the Veterinarian of the Year Award.
MVMA directors present the award to an individual who has
made outstanding contributions to community, state and people
whose lives they have touched.
Woods has a distinguished career serving
the public at both the state and federal level. From 2002
to 2005, he served as Missouri’s state director of animal
health and state veterinarian. Prior to that position, he
was a veterinary medical officer with the USDA Food Safety
and Inspection Service, and was the director/state veterinarian
for the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Division. He is a lifetime
member of MVMA and serves as an ex-officio member of the animal
health and regulatory medicine, emergency management and public
health, and the veterinary technician committees.
The President’s Award for
Outstanding Service recognizes individuals who were
instrumental to the president’s efforts to advance the
veterinary profession for the betterment of animal health
in the state. Dr. William A. Wolff, Columbia,
Mo., a retired faculty member at the University of
Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, was this
Born and raised in Colorado, Wolff received
a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1954 from Colorado State
University, along with a master’s degree in experimental
surgery. He served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps,
14 years in general practice in western Colorado, and spent
many years teaching and conducting research in foreign animal
diseases, including spending two years in Colombia in South
America and four years in Kenya in Africa. He is a member
of AVMA, MVMA, and past chair of the emergency management
committee. He is presently chair of the Missouri Volunteer
Veterinary Corps; a group of volunteers who are trained to
offer their services during disasters.
Dr. Charles W. Monsees (MU CVM
1954), Lake Ozark, Mo., received the Honorary
Membership Award of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary
Practice. MAVP honorary members have rendered distinguished
or meritorious service to the veterinary profession.
Monsees is a lifetime MVMA member, joining in 1957. He served
as president in 1982. He is also a retired member of AVMA.
Dr. George F. Fischer (MU CVM 1954),
and his wife, Doris, of Amity, Mo., were honored as the recipients
of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Distinguished
Service Award. The award is given to individuals
who have dedicated themselves to helping the foundation expand
its goals of public and professional education and charitable
giving to other worthy organizations.
He has a diverse veterinary background,
serving as a commander and educator with the U. S. Army Veterinary
Corps and for the United States government. He is a past president
of MVMA, and the Northwest VMA. He is a board member of the
Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation, and lifetime member
of MVMA, which named him the 2007 Veterinarian of the Year.
Doris Fischer has been a partner member for many years, and
with her husband is an active volunteer with the foundation.
MVMA officers for the upcoming
year installed during the conference include:
President Dr. Steve M. Strubberg
(MU CVM 1989), Hermann, Mo.
Strubberg is the owner/practitioner of Hermann Veterinary
Clinic and operates an additional office in New Haven. As
president he will preside at all general membership meetings,
serve as chair of the board of governors, be an ex-officio
member of all committees, and report to the executive board
on matters pertaining to the goals of the association.
Strubberg is currently serving as a member of the Missouri
Stocker/Feeder Quality Assurance Program Committee and Rural
Veterinary Service Task Force. He is a member of AVMA, American
Association of Bovine Practitioners, Society of Theriogenology,
Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, National Cattlemen’s
Beef Association, MU Alumni Association, Missouri Dairy Association
and local service organizations.
Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael
Pfander (MU CVM 1982), Springfield, Mo.
Pfander, owner and practitioner of Cottage Veterinary Hospital
in Springfield, will chair the executive board; serve on the
nominations committee, budget committee and long-range planning
committee; and be a member of the board of governors.
Pfander has been an MVMA member since graduation. He specializes
in small-animal medicine at his clinic in Springfield. He
was past chair of the public relations committee, and he serves
as a member of the convention planning, legislative and emergency
management and public health committees. He is also a member
of AVMA and is an adjunct professor at Drury University in
President-elect, Dr. Scott A. Fray
(MU CVM 1991), Boonville, Mo.
Fray is the owner and practitioner of Cooper County Animal
Hospital in Boonville. As president-elect, Fray will perform
the duties of the president in his absence; serve on the executive
board and board of governors; chair the convention planning
committee; and serve as a member of the budget committee.
He will automatically succeed to the office of president.
Fray is a member of the emergency management
and public health, legislative and public relations committees.
He is also a member of AVMA, Society for Theriogenology, Missouri
and National Cattlemen’s associations.
Dr. Bruce P. Whittle (MU CVM 1994),
vice president, Trenton, Mo.
Whittle is the owner and practitioner of Honey Creek Veterinary
Clinic in Trenton. As vice president, Whittle will chair the
statewide membership committee, serve as a member of the budget
committee, and fulfill the responsibilities of the president
and president-elect in their absences. He and his wife, Dr.
Gayla Whittle, established Honey Creek Veterinary Hospital
He has served as the north central district
delegate to the executive board, chairs the equine committee,
and is a member of MVMA LLC Board of Managers. He is also
an MVMA member and member of the American Association of Equine
Dr. Shelia L. Taylor (MU CVM 1992),
secretary/treasurer, Springfield, Mo.
Taylor, an instructor in life sciences at Ozarks Technical
College, Springfield, will serve as recording secretary at
meetings of the executive board, board of governors, budget
committee, and general membership meetings. She will retain
and secure all MVMA documents for not less than five years;
serve as a member of the executive board, board of governors,
and budget committee, and be responsible for all MVMA funds.
Taylor serves on the executive board as
the southwest Missouri district delegate and is a long-standing
member of the veterinary technician committee. She has also
served on the convention planning committee and is past president
Richard Antweiler serves
as the organization’s executive director.
2008 Missouri Academy of Veterinary
Practice officers include:
Dr. Jonathan L. Renfro, president, Richmond,
Dr. Peggy T. Fisher, president elect, Jackson, Mo.
Dr. Christopher C. Morrow, Independence, Mo.
Richard Antweiler, executive secretary/treasurer, Jefferson
2008 Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation
Dr. V.M. Wilt, chairman of the board, Paris, Mo.
Dr. William J. Shore, vice chairman of the board, St. Louis,
Ann White, secretary/treasurer, Perryville, Mo.
Dr. James Howard, museum director, Jefferson City, Mo.
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