Faculty Honors and Awards
Dr. Robert P. Ellis, a Professor in the Department of Microbiology,
Immunology, and Pathology, and a University Biosafety Officer, has
been selected as an Honorary Diplomate in the American College of
Veterinary Microbiologists. The ACVM, which was chartered in 1966,
currently has 165 active diplomates. Each year, the organization selects
only one individual to join the ranks of its honorary diplomates.
To be nominated and selected for the prestigious title of Honorary
Diplomate, the individual must be a microbiologist of good moral character
who has at least 10 years experience in the specialty and who has
achieved unquestioned eminence in veterinary microbiology. Dr. Ellis
was nominated by his ACVM colleagues and fellow diplomates, Drs. Len
Pearson and Walter Bruyninckx.
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) honored 10 outstanding
individuals on September 10 at its breakfast awards celebration. The
2003 Service Awards were given to recognize and thank those who have
contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in Colorado.
Among those honored were four CVMBS faculty and staff, and a PVM graduate.
Dr. Martin J. Fettman, Associate Dean, was honored with the CVMA's
Veterinarian of the Year award. This award recognizes a distinguished
CVMA member who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine
in the state of Colorado in the areas of organization, education,
research, practice or regulatory service. Dr. Fettman, who also serves
as a clinical pathologist and a clinical nutritionist, joined the
CVMA in 2001 and has been one of the association's most outstanding
members. In 2001, Dr. Fettman received the CVMA President's Award
for "reinforcing and refreshing the valuable partnership between
CVMA and CSU." He is currently the faculty advisor for the CVMA
Student Chapter at CSU, and the Chair of the CVMA Commission on Education,
where he is instrumental in recruiting exceptional national educators
on veterinary medicine to Colorado, and improving the quality of education
and veterinary medicine in the state.
CVMA's Up-and-Coming Veterinarian award went to Dr. Yukiko Kuwahara.
Dr. Kuwahara (Dr. Youkey) graduated from the College of Veterinary
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1999. She also has a background
that includes 25 years in the animal welfare business. Dr. Kuwahara
was recognized for her active participation in the CVMA and in her
community. Dr. Kuwahara is the hospital administrator at Animal Hospital
Center, an emergency care and referral center in Highlands Ranch,
and is noted for her enthusiasm for the field of veterinary medicine.
In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Youkey is a regular contributor
to local and national animal publications, and a former radio talk
show host for "The Wild and Wacky World of Pets and Animals."
Kenneth Crump, CVT, was named Veterinary Technician of the Year.
This award recognizes a Colorado veterinary technician whose service
to the veterinarian, client and patient demonstrates exceptional clinical
competence, effective communications skills and a caring commitment
to animal welfare. Crump has worked as a veterinary technician for
the CVMBS for the past 20 years. He has held progressively responsible
positions in oncology research, anesthesia and is currently the supervisor
of the clinical oncology technician team.
Josie L. Traub-Dargatz, DVM, MS, received the Outstanding Faculty
Award which is given to a CSU faculty member who has provided unselfish
assistance to practitioners around the state. Dr. Traub-Dargatz is
currently a Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at CSU, where she
has worked since 1983. Her research interests include field-based
studies of infectious upper respiratory disease, and clinical research
including infectious diseases, biosecurity, epidemiology, and neonatology.
The CVMA's Distinguished Service Award went to A. Wendell Nelson,
DVM, of Fort Collins. Dr. Nelson was recognized for more his years
of dedication and excellence in veterinary care, his commitment to
the CVMA, and advocacy for the veterinary technicians of Colorado.
Dr. Nelson recently retired from Colorado State University where he
spent 37 years in instruction, clinical service, research and administration.
In addition to his many roles at CSU, including former director of
the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Nelson has held
several elected leadership positions with the CVMA, and has been a
member of the CSU Board of Directors.