2017 Award Winners
The CVMA honors individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to organized veterinary medicine through participation in CVMA activities and through the human-animal bond. The latest inductee into the California Animal Hall of Fame is also recognized.
Congratulations to the 2017 CVMA award recipients! They represent the very best of the veterinary profession in California and the human-animal bond. Each honoree was recognized during the Gala Awards Ceremony on June 30, 2017 at the Pacific Veterinary Conference in Long Beach.
DISTINGUISHED LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD
Dr. Dan Segna worked at the CVMA for 22 years until his retirement in 2016. Prior to becoming the CVMA’s Assistant Executive Director, he served as its Director of Computer Information Services, Director of Web Services, and Director of Membership.
Dr. Segna has been extremely active in all aspects of the Pacific Veterinary Conference and has been instrumental in the selection of high-quality CE for the conference as well as the CVMA’s fall and spring seminars. He has participated in many committees and task forces over the years including the Agriculture, Animal Welfare, Leadership Development, and Registered Veterinary Technician Committees and Economic, Animal Rehabilitation, and Governance task forces. He continues to be involved with the Legislative Committee and Premises Task Force.
Dr. Segna’s thorough knowledge of the Practice Act and regulations (including their history) made him a great asset especially at Veterinary Medical Board and Multidisciplinary Committee meetings. His ability to speak to the issue of the day with respect and understanding enabled him to represent the profession with class. He has tirelessly advocated for all CVMA members as well as the important issues that affect the veterinary profession. As CVMA President Dr. Ken Pawlowski explains, he “never had any doubt that [Dr. Segna] was always looking out for what was in the best interest of veterinary medicine and that this profession is stronger today because of his involvement.”
RVT’s OUTSTANDING DVM OF THE YEAR AWARD
As Managing Director of Vetncare, Inc., a management company, Dr. Moffatt is a very busy man. Despite taking ownership of four hospitals in the last five years, he remains dedicated to the veterinary profession. He still continues to provide care for several species besides cats and dogs including pigs, goats, sheep, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish, in addition to the mentorship of colleagues, staff, and veterinary students.
Dr. Moffatt supports strong professional development for all employees. He provides open communication with his RVTs about the latest studies and encourages his RVTs to attend continuing education classes. He finds ways for them to attend classes that interest them while encouraging his non-licensed veterinary assistants to enroll in the Penn Foster Program to become RVTs and helps them with their tuition. Also, all new employees are provided guidance through structured phase training as well as several online training platforms.
Dr. Moffatt has created a fair and supportive work environment for his entire team. He has supported accommodations for his staff and this kind of attention has made his staff feel cared for which in turn allows them to provide excellent care for their patients.
The Marin Humane’s In-home Pet Care Assistance Program helps low-income seniors and those with life-threatening illnesses to continue to care for their pets at home. The program serves approximately 250 households which currently translates to approximately 125 dogs, 179 cats, and eight birds. For more than 20 years, a staff made up of almost exclusively volunteers, assists their clients (at no charge) with things such as pet food and supply deliveries; light pet grooming and cleaning; dog walking; transportation to the veterinarian; and within limits, veterinary care.
The In-home Pet Care Assistance Program not only improves the health of the pets, but the health and happiness of their owners as well because it fosters and strengthens the human-animal bond. Pets receive the medical attention and care they need and can remain at home with their owners who look to them for companionship and support.
Recipients of this program have nothing but great things to say about it. As one client explained, “Yes, my dog is a very important part of my life. He deserves the best care I can find. He should not be punished because of my financial situation.…I was in the hospital and would have had to give him up if not for [their] help.”
CALIFORNIA ANIMAL HALL OF FAME AWARD
The CVMA’s California Animal Hall of Fame, created in 1990, celebrates the companion and working animals of California and the veterinarians who care for them. The winning animal’s care provider is recognized at the Pacific Veterinary Conference as well.
Owner: Bob Schultze
Nominating Organization: Helen Woodward Animal Center
In 2008, when Bob Schultze first met his dog Hudson, he was unsocialized, wary/aggressive toward strangers and other dogs, and had a severe heartworm infection. Despite his issues, Bob still adopted him. With time, training, and love, Hudson thrived and passed his Canine Good Citizen test in February 2012; was certified for pet encounter therapy (PET) in 2013; and has made over 150 therapy visits to 20 facilities in San Diego County including nursing facilities, memory care units, the VA hospital, and even a school for homeless children since then.
Hudson’s temperament is very gentle and patient and he can stir reaction from even the most unresponsive clients. He is described as a star wherever he goes and that he shines the brightest with clients that can’t respond with more than a small touch. One of many examples that highlights his therapeutic capabilities was with a client in hospice that had not been responsive for more than three weeks. His family had asked Bob to help. Bob placed Hudson next to their father and Hudson laid his head on the man’s hand. Soon the man started to pet him and kept petting him for the rest of the visit. The man’s response made his family cry and they were overjoyed that he was able to find comfort with Hudson.
Another example of Hudson’s therapeutic touch involves a client that spends most of his days in a wheelchair with little movement. While the way he is positioned in the wheelchair makes it difficult for other therapy dogs to reach him, it is no problem from Hudson. Hudson will gently mold his body to the man’s in his reclining chair and will lean in to share his warmth. The man’s usually labored breathing will start to ease and his muscles relax.
Hudson’s loving nature despite having been given up and his service as a therapy dog, exemplifies the importance of the human-animal bond. After his rescue, his body and spirit were made whole and he is now giving back one PET visit at a time.
Nominate Someone for a 2018 CVMA Award
It is the CVMA’s honor and pleasure to recognize significant contributions to the veterinary profession! The announcement of the award recipients is the highlight of the Pacific Veterinary Conference. We invite all readers to take a moment and ask, “Who has stood out in the crowd? Who has made a difference?” Then, send your nomination packet to the CVMA by the deadline of January 10, 2018. In June 2018 you can join your colleagues in San Francisco in applauding the recipients of these prestigious awards!
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