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MU CVM Alumnus Receives
AVMA Award

Dr. James Nave

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently honored 14 individuals, including MU College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Dr. James Nave, for compassion, dedication, creativity and determination. The awards were presented during the organization’s 146th Annual Convention on July 11, 2009.

Nave, a member of the Class of 1968, received the 2009 AVMA Award, which recognizes distinguished contributions to the advancement of veterinary medical organizations.

Following graduation from the CVM, Nave joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, served in Vietnam, and was awarded a bronze star. He settled in Las Vegas where he opened the Tropicana Animal Hospital. He has owned and managed multiple veterinary hospitals in the Las Vegas area. He is a past president of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association and served four years on the Nevada Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Nave was elected to the AVMA Executive Board and served as its chair. He was elected AVMA president and worked to restructure the association's political process and establish new executive board districts. As president he helped establish a mentoring program, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and worked with U.S. Senator Harry Reid to restore the rank of brigadier general to the leader of the Army Veterinary Corps. He currently chairs the NCVEI and is globalization liaison agent for education and licensing.

Nave received the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine's Alumnus of the Year in 1987 and was named Nevada Veterinarian of the Year in 1988. He received the University of Missouri's Faculty-Alumni Award in 2001. The Western Veterinary Conference dedicated its 75th Diamond Jubilee meeting in 2003 to Nave for his untiring devotion to his profession.

He is equally active in community affairs. He served as a member and chair of the Nevada Athletic Commission. In 1990, he was named Boxing Commissioner of the Year by the North American Boxing Federation and was five times named the World Boxing Council's Boxing Commissioner of the Year. He is a member of the board of directors for Station Casinos Inc., Western Alliance Bancorporation and Bank West of Nevada.

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