Commencement season also provides an opportunity for members of the School of Veterinary Medicine community to recognize alumni, faculty and friends of the school. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals for their career accomplishments and contributions to our mission of veterinary teaching, research and service on behalf of animals, people and our environment.
An expert in food animal reproduction issues, a dairy veterinarian/software developer, and a leading pathologist have been chosen to receive the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the school.
Robert H. (Bob) BonDurant, professor of food animal reproduction and chair of the Department of Population Health and Reproduction since 1993, is being acknowledged for academic excellence, faculty leadership, community outreach and student mentorship. BonDurant was instrumental in establishing the embryo transfer program at UC Davis, a model of research collaboration between the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is also known for inspired service to California animal agriculture and the veterinary profession based on his expertise regarding reproductive physiology and diseases of cattle, sheep and goats; he has carried out research on the pathogenesis of bovine venereal disease, particularly trichomoniasis. BonDurant earned his DVM degree in 1974 and completed a residency in food animal medicine and health management in 1977.
Bernard F. Feldman is being recognized posthumously for outstanding contributions to academic veterinary medicine and advancements in clinical pathology. Dr. Feldman earned his PhD in comparative pathology from UC Davis in 1978. From 1978 until 1990, Feldman was a professor of veterinary clinical pathology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, serving as chief of the Clinical Pathology Service. He joined the faculty of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 where he served as chief of service, Veterinary Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories; director, Clinical Pathology Laboratory; and director, Comparative Hemostasis Laboratory. Dr. Feldman also created a blood bank for companion animals used by the practitioners of Virginia and Maryland. Karen J. Thomason, DVM (UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1986), accepted the award on behalf of her late spouse.
Food animal veterinarian Connor Jameson, DVM Class of 1968, a senior partner of Valley Veterinarians and co-founder/business manager of Valley Ag Software in Tulare, California, is being honored for lifelong service to the veterinary profession and contributions to dairy health. In 1972 Dr. Jameson joined Valley Veterinarians of Tulare, California, a practice that grew to emphasize disease prevention and performance. In 1980 Dr. Jameson and Dr. Steve Eicker built an electronic data system, Dairy Comp 305, to track milk production, reproductive status and the disease and treatment history of dairy cattle. Jameson has generously shared knowledge with dairymen and veterinarians around the world and mentored veterinary students and graduate students. He has partnered frequently with UC Davis and dairy product manufacturers to carry out clinical trials and numerous research projects.
The school bestowed the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Service Award on Richard (Dick) Schumacher, DVM. This award honors individuals or organizations whose exemplary service as volunteers, professionals or advocates has enriched the school’s programs and enhanced its teaching, research or service missions. Dr. Schumacher served as executive director of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the largest state association in the United States, for the last thirteen years. During this period the association became a national leader in addressing important issues for the profession and society as a whole. As a result of the association's activities--including an increased presence in legislative matters and an expansion of member services--membership has more than doubled, a political action committee was formed, and several task forces have tackled issues focused on improving animal's lives.
The recipient of the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award is Lisle W. George. This award aims to improve veterinary medical education by recognizing outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute significantly to the advancement of the profession. Dr. George, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, has broad experience and interests in bovine diseases, internal medicine and all aspects of clinical treatment of food animals; his research involves bovine pinkeye. Students have consistently ranked Dr. George among their favorite teachers.
Rance LeFebvre, a professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology, has received the School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. This honor, sponsored by the school, publicly acknowledges the tremendous effort of our faculty in teaching Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine students, graduate academic students and veterinary residents. In addition to his popularity as an instructor in the DVM program, Professor LeFebvre has for several years made noteworthy contributions to undergraduate students through the California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science, COSMOS, www.cosmos.ucdavis.edu/Index.html.
Charles Plopper, professor of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. This award recognizes innovative research effort and productivity, especially within the past three years. Professor Plopper has conducted extensive basic research that focuses on normal lung development at the cellular level and challenges that can change normal structures and function of lungs. His studies of the effects of pollution and allergens on developing lung cells have contributed to our understanding of the ways in which lung diseases, particularly asthma, begin in young children.
Lynn Narlesky, Communications, (530) 752-5257,