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Farewell to Retiring Faculty 2016

May 23, 2016

The School of Veterinary Medicine community offers farewell and thanks to four faculty members who retire this year. These individuals have embodied excellence in teaching, dedication to academic veterinary medicine and scholarly research accomplishments that are hallmarks of the school.

Patricia Blanchard, DVM ’82, Ph.D. ’87, DACVP, Professor of Clinical Diagnostic Pathology and Associate Director, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS)

Patricia Blanchard

Patricia Blanchard, DVM ’82, Ph.D. ’87, DACVP, Professor of Clinical Diagnostic Pathology and Associate Director, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS)

Dr. Blanchard joined the faculty in 1987 at the Tulare CAHFS facility. She served as branch chief there until 2014 and also assumed a leadership role as associate director of CAHFS from January 2012 through April 2016. Her key areas of interest include bovine respiratory disease and calf diarrhea disease with a specialty focus on veterinary anatomic and diagnostic pathology.

As a pathologist, Dr. Blanchard was responsible for necropsies and follow up diagnostics at the busy CAHFS laboratory in Tulare. Her colleagues and students rate her as an outstanding pathologist with great diagnostic skills and an infectious enthusiasm for her discipline. Throughout her long leadership role at Tulare and throughout the system, Dr. Blanchard displayed a passionate concern for providing the best possible diagnostic service to veterinarians. 

During her service as associate director of CAHFS, her colleagues note that she was successful in improving client relations and outreach, and improving knowledge and understanding of the services offered by CAHFS.

In addition, Dr. Blanchard taught visiting veterinary students, undergraduates and veterinarians in aspects of pathology and bacteriology, including special training for meat and poultry inspectors. She served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in 2002 and as the newsletter editor for 15 years. 

Among numerous awards, the one that has meant the most to her is the EP Pope Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Richard Breitmeyer, DVM ’80, MPVM ’90, Director of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS)

Richard Breitmeyer

Richard Breitmeyer, DVM ’80, MPVM ’90, Director of California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS)

After serving as the California State Veterinarian for 17 years, Dr. Breitmeyer joined the school to direct CAHFS in 2010. He brought a broad base of knowledge and experience in surveillance, response, and management of emergency animal diseases that are not only of animal and public health concern, but also economic importance.

His leadership at the state and national level proved especially critical to CAHFS during years of state budget crisis. By showcasing the resources of CAHFS to industry leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders, Dr. Breitmeyer enhanced the visibility of CAHFS—critical to building and maintaining successful political and economic support. 

During his tenure, Dr. Breitmeyer worked with animal industry leaders, stakeholders and key partners at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to augment funding support for critical diagnostic and equine  services provided by CAHFS.  A new South Valley Lab in Tulare is nearing completion and will consolidate antiquated facilities and expand services for that area; preliminary planning has begun to justify and replace the outdated Turlock Lab.

Dr. Breitmeyer was appointed by the USDA to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Coordinating Council, one of 9 laboratory directors serving with USDA representatives and state animal health officials to provide guidance for the network of state and university laboratories, which provide critical diagnostic support in surveillance and response to a myriad of animal health emergencies. 

Among many notable honors and achievements throughout his career, Dr. Breitmeyer says he is most proud of the dedicated animal health officials, faculty and staff he has had the opportunity to work with at both CDFA and CAHFS. He also received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1999 from the school.

Edward C. Feldman, DVM ‘73, DACVIM, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine

Edward C. Feldman

Edward C. Feldman, DVM ‘73, DACVIM, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Feldman joined the faculty in 1979 as a veterinary internist and has studied naturally occurring hormone conditions in dogs and cats to better appreciate owner observations, to develop new practical diagnostic methodologies, and to identify effective treatment options. The goals of his work have been to improve the lives of pets and their owners. 

As he learned, Dr. Feldman authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 75 book chapters and co-authored/edited two textbooks, each translated into at least six languages and used worldwide. More than 100 faculty colleagues and house officers have written chapters for Feldman’s internal medicine textbook. As a mentor, he is highly regarded for being able to teach practical internal medicine to students and residents. His publications reflect passionate commitment to helping pets and excellence in teaching clinical scholarship. 

A popular instructor and lecturer, Dr. Feldman was invited by students to be their commencement speaker three times, once in each of three different decades. He has lectured in 43 states and 27 countries at more than 200 meetings. During his tenure at UC Davis, Dr. Feldman served as chair of the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, associate director of the VMTH, and small animal internal medicine service chief.

Among many honors, Dr. Feldman received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Animal Medical Center in New York, the Faculty Teacher Award from the Western College in Canada, the California Academy of Veterinary Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Continuing Education, the UC Davis Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the American Association of Feline Practitioners Research Award, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation / AKC Career Achievement Award in Canine Research, and the school’s Alumni Achievement Award. 

Dr. Feldman considers his finest award as having the opportunity to work at UC Davis.

Carolyn Stull, M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’84, DACN, DACAWS, Cooperative Extension Specialist

Carolyn Stull

Carolyn Stull, M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’84, DACN, DACAWS, Cooperative Extension Specialist

Dr. Stull joined the school in 1991 as a Specialist in Cooperative Extension where she developed a nationwide program focused on improving the welfare of agricultural animals. While her immediate clientele consisted of county farm advisors, Dr. Stull’s responsibilities extended to organizations representing agriculture, food industries, animal protection interests, and the general public, as well as federal and state legislative and regulatory agencies.

Dr. Stull assumed a leading role in teaching humane methods of dairy cattle care to dairy producers, farm managers and veterinarians. Her involvement in promoting the best care practices has led to improved well-being on the farm level as well as contributed to the development of state legislation focused on appropriate handling and care of non-ambulatory cattle and the prohibition of tail docking in dairy cattle.

Equines are a particular interest for Dr. Stull and she has devoted her career to improving and preserving the quality of life of horses and burros—not only those found in wild populations, but those who are unwanted, starved or abused. Her research in the development of nutritional programs for starved horses has been the model of rehabilitation currently utilized worldwide. 

In addition to peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Stull has contributed to popular press articles and extension communications on topics such as transportation, handling, animal welfare certification programs for commercial producers, and rehabilitation of starved or abused animals. Diverse audiences respect her expertise on regional, national and international levels. She also provided lectures on animal welfare to veterinary medical and animal science students, humane and animal control officers, animal protection groups and the public.

Among many honors throughout her career, the one that has meant the most to her is the Hank Award in 2001 presented by Rio Vista Products, Santa Maria, CA.  This award recognized her outstanding individual commitment to rescue work with horses, particularly the development of successful diets for neglected horses and the comprehensive training programs for staff in animal control agencies.