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Harold Davis, RVT, Presents First Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture

March 25, 2004

Harold DavisHill’s - Pet Nutrition honored Harold Davis at the inaugural Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture by presenting him with an award at the opening ceremony of the 21st Annual North American Veterinary Conference on January 17, 2004.

Davis, a Registered Veterinary Technician, is Supervisor of the Small Animal Emergency Nursing Service, and Coordinator and Instructor of the Hospital Practices Courses for veterinary students at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked at the teaching hospital for 21 years.

The ceremony was attended by thousands of people to honor the memory of Dr. Jack L. Mara and honor Harold Davis as the first speaker for the newly instituted Jack Mara Memorial Lecture. On January 20, 2004, Davis presented the inaugural Mara Memorial Lecture at the conference as part of the Advanced Technician Program.

"I was honored and humbled when I learned I had been selected to present the first Mara Lecture," Davis recalls." The talk was titled Nursing Management of the DKA Patient. The talk presented an overview of the nursing care required of a diabetic ketoacidotic patient."

Dr. Jack Mara was director of Veterinary Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition for more than twenty years. At the time of his death in 2003, he was widely known as the veterinary profession’s most visible ambassador, and the person who actually changed our profession in immeasurable ways.

One of Dr. Mara’s passions was the veterinary technician community. He had the vision to recognize that technicians could (and would) play a huge part in quality patient care. Davis states, "Dr. Mara was a great friend to veterinary technicians. It was his support and influence that helped to propel veterinary technology forward."

The Jack L Mara Memorial Lecture will be presented annually at the North American Veterinary Conference in the "technician track" by a person eminent in the field of technician accomplishment. The lecture will showcase a technician who has the respect of the veterinary and technician communities,  strong scientific and academic credentials, and most of all, a career that demonstrates professional growth and leadership.

Davis is one of the first technicians to receive certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist. He is certified in two specialties: Emergency/Critical Care and Anesthesia. Certification requires a combination of academic and hands-on training, specific experience and successful completion of a certifying examination.

Davis is co-founder of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and currently serves as treasurer of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. (More on academy history). He is also an organizing committee member for the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists.

Davis has published articles and presented lectures on topics in emergency care, critical care, nursing and technical matters for more than 14 years. His publications and proceedings list spans almost two dozen pages, and he has received numerous teaching awards during his years at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital congratulates Davis for this prestigious recognition.

This article has been adapted from the March 2004 issue of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital employee publication, the VMTH Voice.