MU College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical Professor Catherine Vogelweid, DVM, PhD, was honored during the 2017 Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Convention with the Dr. William A. Wolff Volunteerism Award.
Vogelweid, who has been with the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology since 2004, is a member of the Missouri Volunteer Veterinary Corps. As a member of the Corps, she was deployed to Joplin following the 2011 tornado, where she provided veterinary care for dogs and cats in the mass care shelter. In 2014, she was instrumental in organizing the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Program in partnership with Boone County Fire and Rescue. The program allows firefighters and CVM veterinarians to train together in technical large animal emergency rescue techniques and deploy as a team.
Vogelweid’s efforts in the field of emergency rescue extends to her teaching. She initiated emergency and disaster response training for CVM students and graduate students pursuing degrees in public health. She is the instructor and course director for Animals in Emergencies and Basic Emergency Response Training for Veterinary Students.
Vogelweid earned a DVM, master’s degree in veterinary medicine and surgery and PhD in pathology at the University of Missouri. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship and residency in laboratory animal medicine at MU. Her knowledge and interests in animal disaster and emergency response were first developed during her work as director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she worked with the state veterinarians to develop an exemplary state-wide response plan for research animals. Her planning expertise was recognized with an award from the Indiana Board of Animal Health and Indiana State Government.
The Volunteerism Award is named for William A. Wolff, DVM, MS, of Columbia, Missouri, a retired CVM faculty member. Wolff’s volunteer service included serving as the director of the Missouri Volunteer Veterinary Corps and chairman of the MVMA Emergency Management and Public Health Committee. The award was renamed to honor him in 2015.
The MVMA Convention took place Jan. 19-22 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Vogelweid received her award during the Awards Banquet held Jan. 21. CVM Dean Neil C. Olson, DVM, PhD, also was recognized during the Awards Banquet when he was named a New Lifetime Member of MVMA. Earlier in the convention, the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice recognized Craig Payne, DVM, MS, associate extension professor and director of Veterinary Extension and Continuing Education, for his contributions to continuing education.
More than 20 CVM faculty members and students presented continuing education lectures and labs and participated in roundtable discussions. The convention also included a speed networking event for veterinary students, student poster presentations and a forum for recent graduates and students.
With the MVMA, the CVM co-hosted a breakfast on the final day of the convention. During the breakfast, Olson and members of his administrative team offered updates on the college, its service units and the university.
More photos from the convention can be found on the CVM Facebook page.