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September 13, 2012




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Alumni and Humane Society Receive Illinois Veterinary College Awards

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association presented four Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards and a Special Service Award on September 13, 2012, during the annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians.

The Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award was created in honor of Dr. Erwin Small, who dedicated his entire career to the veterinary profession as professor and associate dean of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The award recognizes distinguished graduates who have made significant contributions to the veterinary profession or the college.

The Special Service Award honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of the veterinary profession or to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. William L. Augustine, retired owner of Malta Veterinary Hospital, in Malta, Ill., received the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his service to veterinary students and graduates. After receiving his veterinary degree in 1975, Dr. Augustine spent 37 years operating his own clinic, where his son Paul now practices. He also served DeKalb County as animal control administrator and as a member of the board of health. He has been very involved with the Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State VMA, where he served as treasurer. He is a lifetime member of the ISVMA after 35 years of membership. Dr. Augustines service to his alma mater includes serving on the Alumni Association Board, as well as participating in admissions interviews teams on recruitment day.

Dr. Robert L. Hatch, newly retired after more than 40 years of practice in Arizona, received the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his leadership in promoting and furthering the advancement of veterinary medicine and practice. After receiving his veterinary degree in 1967, he established four clinics and went on to become a leader at the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Medicine, where he was president in 1980, as well as the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, serving as chair for 8 years. Dr. Hatch continues as an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, holding positions on the Committee of Wellness, Council on Veterinary Services, and the Insurance Trust.

Dr. Jimmy B. Jones, professor from Baytown, Tex., received the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his innovation in developing a new drug, extensive research, and clinical teaching of veterinary students. Dr. Jones received his veterinary degree in 1963. His career has encompassed working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, as well as in private practice and research. Dr. Jones has just completed a two-year assignment in the Peace Corps. While at the University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital, Dr. Jones developed the worlds only colony of dogs carrying the gene for cyclic neutropenia. This colony was instrumental in the development the drug Neupogen, an agent that helps stimulate neutrophil production in human cancer patients.

Dr. George E. Richards, Jr., received the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his legislative efforts supporting passage of three new Illinois Veterinary Practice Acts, and his role in other critical veterinary medicine legislation. Receiving his veterinary degree in 1967, Dr. Richards practiced for more than 40 years at the Vermillion Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Danville, Ill., and established four small animal practices with his classmate Dr. Wesley Bieritz. Dr. Richards has received the ISVMA Presidents Award and twice received the ISVMA Veterinary Service Award. He is currently serving his third four-year term as the Illinois Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates.

The Champaign County Humane Society, of Champaign, Ill., was selected to receive a Special Service Award for outstanding educational contributions to the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 20 years. The partnership between the human society and the veterinary college has recently expanded under the direction of Dr. Bob Weedon, who leads clinical rotations at the humane society for veterinary students. Students participate in clinical rotations at the humane society, where they perform physical exams, basic diagnostic testing, and spay and castration surgeries under his supervision. They gain experience in basic disease prevention and parasite control and in treating commonly occurring diseases.