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CVM’s Robert Miller named
Veterinarian of the Year

Robert B. Miller, DVM, was named the
Missouri Veterinary Medical
Association Veterinarian of the Year.

(From left) Newly installed MVMA officers are pictured with AVMA executive board member Clark Fobian, Sedalia, Mo.: Dr. James Schuessler, president, Kirkwood, Mo.; Dr. Craig Payne, Columbia, Mo., president-elect; Dr. David Prigel, Republic, Mo., vice president; Dr. Shelia Taylor, Springfield, Mo., secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Dana Gillig, Sedalia, Mo., board chair.

Jimi Cook, William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, and inventor of the TightRope CCL, taught a wet lab to instruct veterinarians in using the implant and technique to stabilize the canine stifle. The lab took place a part of the MVMA Convention education opportunities and was held at the Mizzou Animal Cancer Care facility in Wentzville.

The Veterinary Business Management Association speed networking event gave CVM students the opportunity to meet with practicing veterinarians to discuss preceptorship possibilities and career opportunities.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) named Robert B. Miller, DVM, as its Veterinarian of the Year. Miller, of Columbia, retired from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor of veterinary pathology in 1999. He is currently the director of the College’s Missouri Institute for Cattle. He operated a mixed animal practice in Warrensburg, Mo., before entering academia.

The MVMA Board of Directors selects the Veterinarian of the Year based on the candidate’s contributions to their community, their state, and to people whose lives they have touched. Miller is a 1955 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received that college’s 2004 Alumni Recognition Award. He is diplomate emeritus and past-president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He was the 2011 MVMA West Central District president and is an honorary member of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice. He has published numerous articles in various veterinary journals. Miller and his wife, Phyllis, have three children, Deborah, Raymond and Karen.

Miller was honored during the MVMA’s 120th Annual Convention Awards banquet on Jan. 28 in Saint Charles, Mo. More than 600 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice staff and veterinary students attended the convention, which offered 60 continuing education lectures to participants.

Other awards given included:

The President’s Award. This award is given to individuals who were instrumental to the president’s efforts to advance the veterinary profession for the betterment of animal health in the state. Dana Gillig, MVMA executive board chair, presented this year’s award to Michael C. Muhlbauer, DVM, of St. Louis, Mo., the 2011 chair of the MVMA Animal Welfare Committee. Muhlbauer is a board certified veterinary radiologist. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the CVM in 1983. He was in private practice for five years before pursuing advanced training in diagnostic imaging. Muhlbauer completed a dual residency program in radiology and veterinary biosciences/nuclear medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He also earned a master of science and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology. In 1994, Muhlbauer co-founded Veterinary Imaging Specialists, P.C., headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

Distinguished Service Award. Gregory Popp, DVM, Jefferson City, Mo., and Ann White received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation. Popp has been a dedicated volunteer and fundraising chairman for more than 20 years and has helped expand the foundation’s mission of public education and charitable giving to worthy organizations. Popp is owner/practitioner at Weathered Rock Veterinary Clinic, Jefferson City, Mo. For the past 13 years, Ann White has been the foundation’s secretary and treasurer and coordinator of many fundraising events. including the drawing and silent auction held during the MVMA annual convention. During White’s tenure, the foundation has been able to further its goal of reaching the public with information about the importance of animals in our lives.

Honorary Membership Award. Richard D. Antweiler received the Honorary Membership Award of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice (MAVP). Antweiler has been the executive director of the association for 12 years assisting the membership with professional education, legislative issues and public relations initiatives to enhance the quality of veterinary medicine in Missouri. He is also secretary and treasurer of the MAVP and past president of the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives. MAVP honorary members are individuals who have rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the veterinary profession.

Volunteerism Award. Linda J. Scorse, DVM, Joplin, Mo., was presented the MVMA’s 2012 Volunteerism Award for her many years of service to veterinary medicine in Missouri, and her dedication to relief efforts following the Joplin, Mo., tornado in May 2011. Scorse is owner/practitioner at Joplin Veterinary Hospital. She is an ex-officio member of the MVMA Executive Board and is presently Missouri’s delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The award is presented for outstanding commitment as it relates to service to animals and their owners in a time of crisis.

Bruce P. Whittle, DVM, Trenton, Mo., was honored with an award for his educational efforts to members of the Missouri legislature on behalf of veterinary medicine. Dr. Whittle and his wife, Gayla, are owner/practitioners of Honey Creek Veterinary Hospital, Trenton, Mo.

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