Doctor Larry Nafe Recognized
Dr. Larry Nafe,
MU DVM ’76, was named Veterinarian of the Year
by the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association. His
wife Joan (left) and daughter Laura joined him. Laura
is a veterinary medical student at the University of
Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2009.
By Arkansas Association
Larry Nafe, MU DVM ’76,
was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Arkansas Veterinary
He operates the Hillcrest Animal Hospital,
Little Rock, Ark. The hospital has been voted "Best of
the Best" by the Arkansas Times and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
newspapers for the past ten years. Dr. Nafe is the only board
certified internist and neurologist in the state of Arkansas.
The association selected Dr. Nafe for his
devotion to the advancement and improvement of veterinary
medicine through professional consulting, helping humane and
rescue groups, and representing veterinary medicine to the
public and media.
Dr. Nafe is a summa cum laude graduate
of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. He was Intern of
the Year at The Animal Center, New York, in 1977, and completed
his residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology there in
Upon completion of his residency he joined
the staff of College of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State
University as an assistant professor in the Department of
Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
While at LSU he developed the integrated
Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, and Clinical Neurology course
which included all domestic species. Dr. Nafe also developed
and directed the Medical Records Unit for the Small Animal
Hospital, and developed a protocol for the treatment of Intervertebral
He was named head of Small Animal Medicine
in 1981. After leaving LSU he served as an adjunct assistant
professor until 1987.
In 1983 Dr. Nafe established the first
referral practice in Arkansas where he continues to practice
today with his wife in Little Rock. Throughout his career
he has been active in the American College of Veterinary Internal
Medicine. He has served in various capacities within the College
including secretary and treasurer of the Specialty of Neurology,
chairman of the Neurology Specialty Examination Committee,
and inaugural member of the Internal Medicine Forum committee.
Dr. Nafe has given multiple professional
presentations to veterinary associations on a variety of topics
including neurology, neurosurgery, and internal medicine.
Dr. Nafe has published more than 25 scientific articles on
a variety of veterinary topics. He is a member of the Jefferson
Club at the University of Missouri as well as other professional
He and his wife breed and race thoroughbred
race horses and are members of a variety of thoroughbred associations.
They are proud parents of Laura Nafe a Class of 2009 student
at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. They live outside
Little Rock on 25 acres with their pets and horses.
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