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Dr. Alex Bermudez, director of the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, presents a Wii game system to Dr. Eric Tichy, MU CVM ’90, during the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association conference trade show.
The College of Veterinary Medicine hosted a breakfast for alumni during the annual MVMA convention.
Dr. Neil Olson, dean of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, addresses alumni about current issues facing the College during the MVMA convention.
Dr. William Fales, a professor of veterinary pathobiology, received this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the MVMA.
Animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin served as the keynote speaker during the MVMA Awards Banquet.
Dr. Shannon Reed, assistant teaching professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, presented information on diagnostic analgesia and equine imaging during the MVMA convention.
The speed networking session allowed veterinary students to meet with practitioners to discuss future job possibilities and gain insight into advancing their careers.
MU CVM development officers Nick Diefenbach and Kelley Marchbanks display merchandise available for sale at the College’s booth during the MVMA trade show.

Dr. William Fales, MS, PhD, professor of veterinary pathobiology at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, received this year’s Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Fales is responsible for the bacteriology/mycology section of the CVM’s Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (VMDL), he also teaches diagnostic bacteriology and mycology to veterinary students during their pathology rotation in the VMDL. He received the award to recognize his “commendable and honorable service and dedication to veterinary medicine in Missouri.”

Fales accepted his honor Jan. 22, 2010, during the MVMA’s 119th annual convention held at Osage Beach. The convention offered a trade show as well as continuing education opportunities to Missouri veterinary practitioners and veterinary technicians. The association honored Fales and several other individuals during the awards banquet.

The banquet was highlighted by a keynote speech from Dr. Temple Grandin, animal scientist and autism advocate. Grandin, who is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a designer of humane livestock handling facilities, discussed her research into animal welfare issues as well as her personal life story as someone with autism.

Other convention activities included speed networking, sponsored by the Veterinary Business Management Association. The speed networking event allowed MU College of Veterinary Medicine students to meet with practitioners about their practices and possible job opportunities. While veterinary students were networking, a concurrent session brought together teams of veterinary technician students to compete in an academia bowl.

The final day of the convention began with continental breakfast sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine for its alumni. CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson, as well as other key members of the College leadership, presented updates on the College and its programs, such as increased student enrollment, the need for a new academic hall, additions to the faculty, and the planned opening of Mizzou Animal Cancer Care in Wentzville this spring.

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