ACZM Newsletter February 2017 Vol 10 Issue 1

In this Issue

  • Presidents Letter
  • Business Meeting Recap
  • Awards
  • Important Dates for 2017
  • New Diplomates

Presidents Letter

It feels like yesterday that I was asked to write the President’s message for the 2016 ACZM newsletter. Somehow it became 2017 and again I have been asked to draft my second and final President’s message. As I write, I think about what the ACZM might accomplish in 2017 and some of the challenges, and opportunities, we face. I also find myself thinking back over the history of the ACZM since its beginning in 1983.

During the past 34 years, our membership has become more diverse, holding positions across the field of zoological medicine. Diplomates work in private practice, academia, zoos and aquariums, governmental and non-governmental organizations. And, we live and work in countries throughout the world. We care for people’s pets, zoo collection animals and free-living populations; with many of us dedicated to teaching the next generation of zoological animal health care providers. No matter which zoological path we may currently be on, it is important that the College’s mission guides our work. The American College of Zoological Medicine is dedicated to excellence in furthering the health and well-being of captive and free-ranging wild animals. Sounds good to me.

Our diversity is also related to the simple fact that we have grown significantly in recent years. In 2016 we reached 204 diplomates with 17 new members. I won’t go over all the accolades of the newest members since Drs. Keller and Desmarchelier have done such an excellent job sharing their stories in the link below. I hope you find them as inspirational as I do; and since we can all use a little inspiration during this time of world turmoil, please take a few minutes to learn more about them. As for other accomplishments, I extend a heartfelt congratulation to three of my personal heroes/heroines: Dr. Michael Stoskopf, awarded the AAZV Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr. Terry Norton, awarded the AAZV Emil Dolensik Award; and Dr. Kay Mehren who AZCM presented with the Murray Fowler Life Time Achievement Award. Congratulations to all of you, and to all 17 new diplomates.

The growth of our College is wonderful, but also I find just a little daunting. For example, we must look at how to best incorporate the extensive zoological medicine knowledge base into valid questions that fairly challenge both future and current members. As we consider this, we have the opportunity to have the ACZM examination undertake a professional validation. We will start this process in the first ½ of 2017.

At this time of great opportunity for ACZM (and some challenges) as we extend our reach across the zoological animal—wildlife—public health—ecosystem health continuum, I look forward to serving the College during my final year as President. I hope each of you has a successful and enjoyable year and that I see many of you at the 2017 annual business meeting this September in Texas.

Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM

ACZM President

Business Meeting Recap

The 2016 business meeting covered many topics, many of that have corresponding reports available to read online at ACZM.org after logging in under the Documents tab. These include:

  • Secretary Report
  • Nominating Committee Repot
  • Presidents Repot
  • Past-Presidents Report
  • Vice Presidents Report
  • ACZM Compliant Training Report
  • Training Program Committee Report
  • Treasurer Report
  • American Board of Veterinary Specialty Report
  • Education Committee Report
  • Credentials Committee Report
  • Public Relations Committee Report
  • Annual Summary Report
  • Ad-hoc Committee Recommendations

The following individuals received Presidential Awards at the 2016 Business meeting

  • Allison Tuttle in recognition of her tireless work for the Credentialing Committee
  • Kurt Sladky in recognition of his long term contributions while in the Training Program Committee
  • Scott Larsen, the ACZM immediate Past President, in recognition of all of his hard work and contributions to ACZM while on the Executive Board


AAZV Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Stoskopf

Michael K. Stoskopf became the third recipient of the AAZV Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AAZV/EAZWV/IZW Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The AAZV Lifetime Achievement Award is made to honor a lifetime of contributions to the discipline of Zoological Medicine by a current or former member of the AAZV. Awardees must have been a positive force in the development of the discipline through their political, technical, scientific, teaching/mentoring, educational, and/or service contributions that together represent a career long pattern of excellence and inspiration.

Murray E Fowler Award: Kay Mehren

The third Murray E. Fowler award was conferred to Kay Mehren at the Annual ACZM Business Meeting on July 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. This award recognizes an ACZM Diplomate that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and contributions to the ACZM while making significant lifetime contributions that have advanced the discipline of zoological medicine. This award was created in honor of Murray Fowler, who was also the award's first designee in 2014. Check out pictures of Kay receiving the award on ACZM.org

Emil Dolensek Award: Terry Norton

Terry Norton was presented the 2016 AAZV Emil Dolensek Award at the 2016 AAZV/EAZWV/IZW Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The Emil Dolensek Award is an honor presented to a past or present member of the AAZV inppreciation for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife reflecting Emil Dolensek's commitment to these purposes. Emil was in the prime of his life and his career, and this award recognizes similar individuals that have advanced the profession and served to link the related disciplines of zoo and wildlife medicine. Check out pictures of Terry receiving the award on ACZM.org

ACZM Manuscript Award: Jennifer Hausmann

The recipient of the 2016 ACZM Student Manuscript Award is Jennifer Hausmann, DVM, for her paper entitled “Experimental challenge study of FV2-like Ranavirus Infection in Previously FV3-like Ranavirus Infected Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) to Assess Infection and Survival" published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(4): 732-746. The award was announced on July 21, 2016 at the AAZV/EAZWV/IZW annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Important Dates for 2017

  • March 28th - 30th: ACZM Examination Construction Meeting (Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, UT)
  • March 31st: ACZM Examination Application Deadline
  • September 23rd-29th: AAZV 49th Annual Conference (Dallas, TX)
  • September 24th: ACZM Business Meeting (Dallas, TX)
  • October 20th - 22nd: ACZM Examination (San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego, CA)

New Diplomates

Congratulations to our new diplomates! In 2016 we gained 17 new peers!

  • Priya Bapodra
  • Elsburgh "Tres" Octavius Clarke III
  • Katie Delk
  • Genevieve Dumonceaux
  • Jessica Emerson
  • Jen Flower
  • Jenessa Gjeltema
  • Jessica Gull
  • Katharine Hope
  • Priscilla Joyner
  • S Emi Knafo
  • Jennifer Meegan
  • Christine Molter
  • Lisa Naples
  • Miranda Sadar
  • Sam Sanders
  • Rodney Schnellbacher

If you would like to get to know the new Diplomates, log onto ACZM.org to read their biographies under the "NewsLetter" tab.

Have some photos, stories, research, etc that you want highlighted in the next ACZM News Letter? Email krista.keller@live.com

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