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MU CVM Neurologist
Named a Hero in Medicine

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor Dr. Joan Coates received a Heroes in Medicine Award during the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) forum held June 3-6 in Montreal. Coates, a veterinary neurologist, was recognized for her groundbreaking research in canine degenerative myelopathy. She was one of four recipients of this year’s Hero Awards. Former CVM Dean Dr. Joe Kornegay also was honored for his work with muscular dystrophy.

The ACVIM is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. The ACVIM is the international certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large-animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology, and small-animal internal medicine.

Other honors presented during the forum went to MU CVM’s Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler for best resident research abstract; and Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, CCRP, first place in the case presentations by veterinary technicians for “Case Presentation on a dog with polyradiculoneuritis.”

During the forum, MU CVM Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery faculty presented 16 hours of high-level continuing education for veterinarians. Technicians and faculty members also presented three hours of continuing education for the veterinary technician program. Faculty and residents also presented at least 12 scientific abstracts and offered case presentations in the technician sessions. Lecturers included: Dr. Bob Backus, Coates, Dr. Leah Cohn, Dr. Deborah Fine, Dr. Carolyn Henry, Dr. Marie Kerl, Dr. John Middleton, Dr. Dennis O’Brien, Dr. Carol Reinero, Dr. Kim Selting and the late Dr. Jeff Tyler (proceedings only).

The ACVIM Board of Regents includes two members of the MU CVM faculty: Henry, president of the specialty of oncology; and Cohn, vice president of the ACVIM. Technician Ed Durham is a founding member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT) and is on the board as director at large of the specialty of cardiology. Faculty from MU also serve on numerous exam committees (Selting and Cohn), standing committees (Reinero and Middleton ), and task forces (O’Brien, Kerl, Cohn, Henry and Middleton). Additionally, both faculty and technicians served as session moderators and judged abstracts for awards.

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