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July 28, 2017

ACVECC is pleased to announce William W. Muir III DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA, DACVECC as the recipient of the 2017 Hill’s Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Anesthesia and Analgesia”

Dr. William Muir is a world-renowned anesthesiologist who is a prolific clinician, researcher and consultant to industry and regulatory agencies. Dr. Muir served on the faculty at The Ohio State University for 37 years as a Professor, Director of the Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Anesthesia and Pain Management group and as department Chair (1983-1994) of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department.  Dr. Muir has been a mentor and advisor to numerous residents/graduate students.   In addition to these responsibilities, he is a key opinion leader in anesthesiology as evidenced by his popularity as a lecturer at continuing education meetings, extensive publication record in numerous peer reviewed journals and author of two popular textbooks on anesthesia and pain management.

Dr. Muir’s achievements in the specialties of anesthesia, emergency and critical care medicine, and pain management are seminal in our current knowledge of these disciplines. Dr. Muir has focused his research energies on continuous improvement of patient care, most recently through the investigation of the role of fluid type and delivery techniques on perioperative tissue oxygenation. This latest interest follows a robust research legacy in anesthesia pharmacology, perioperative patient care, and pain management in multiple domestic species.

Dr. Muir has been a strong advocate for VECCS and ACVECC and has been active in both organizations. He was our first JVECC editor.  His passion and ability set the “tone” for the Journal created a standard of excellence which is carried forth to the present day.  In addition to the Journal, he has served on numerous committees in both the Society and the College.

Our profession would not have the knowledge, skills or drugs available for the safe and effective delivery of anesthesia without his daily efforts to constantly improve our anesthesia knowledge.

The 2017 Hill’s Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Muir at the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) in Nashville, Tennessee, September 13-17, 2017.

Dr. Muir will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2018 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on “Anesthesia and Analgesia” which will be held on February 23, 2018, in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the 47th Critical Care Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

June 1, 2016

ACVECC is pleased to announce Larry D. Cowgill DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) as the recipient of the 2016 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “The Critical Kidney”

Dr. Larry Cowgill received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis and completed his internship and residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1973-1976 he completed post graduate training at the Renal and Electrolyte Section of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in basic renal physiology and nephrology and earned a PhD degree in Comparative Medical Sciences in 1976. He is Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Dr. Cowgill is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a member of the clinical faculty at Davis since 1976. Concurrently, he is Associate Dean for Southern California Clinical Programs and Director of the University of California Veterinary Medical Center-San Diego (Clinical Programs).

One of Dr. Cowgill’s professional directions has been the development and expanded application of hemodialysis and therapeutic apheresis as a means of blood purification in animals with kidney failure, acute poisoning, and immune-mediated diseases. Dr. Cowgill was an early pioneer in the application and perfection of hemodialysis techniques for dogs and cats and established the world’s first clinical hemodialysis program for animals at UC Davis. He is considered an authority on kidney diseases of animals and currently directs the hemodialysis and blood purification programs at both UC Davis and the UC Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego. He established the first Fellowship training program dedicated to Renal Medicine and Extracorporeal Therapies, and has been instrumental in the training specialists currently performing hemodialysis worldwide. His current efforts are directed to expanding the national and international application of high-quality hemodialysis techniques and blood purification therapies for acute and chronic kidney failure in animals as well as the critical international demand for training in these therapies. These training efforts include the (web-based) semi-monthly International Renal Replacement Rounds and in 2014-2015 the establishment of the UC Davis Hemodialysis Academy that provided over 150 hours of advanced didactic instruction to trainees in 13 countries.

Dr. Cowgill has enjoyed and dedicated more than 40 years to the practice of veterinary internal medicine, nephrology, and teaching and has trained many of the leading veterinary nephrologists throughout the world.

The 2016 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Cowgill at the 2016 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Grapevine, Texas, September 7-11, 2016.

Dr. Cowgill will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2017 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on “The Critical Kidney,” on January 20, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

June 3, 2015

ACVECC is pleased to announce John E. Rush DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology) as the recipient of the 2015 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Clinical Cardiology”

Dr. John Rush is a 1984 graduate from the Ohio State University, where he concurrently completed his DVM and MS degrees.  After a 1 year internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Rush completed a residency in cardiology and small animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He moved to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, where he is a Professor in Cardiology, currently with a minor role in emergency and critical care resident training.  Dr. Rush served as Section Head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Cummings school from 1998-2003.

Dr. Rush is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology, where he currently serves as President of the specialty.

Dr. Rush’s research interests include cardiology and emergency and critical care fields, and he has been active in researching cardiac biomarkers, nutrition and cardiac disease, and new cardiac medications. Dr. Rush has over 150 peer reviewed articles, and he has mentored over 50 interns and residents, of whom 20 individuals went on to participate in academic careers in cardiology or emergency and critical care. He also has had administrative roles as Associate Department Chair for Clinical Sciences, Vice President and Medical Director at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties in Walpole, MA, and as a co-developer and Supervisor for Tufts at Tech Community Animal Hospital at Worcester Technical High School.

The 2015 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Rush at the 2015 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Washington, D.C., September 18-22, 2015.

Dr. Rush will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2016 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on Advances in Cardiology Diagnostics and Therapies,” on February 19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

July 11, 2014

ACVECC is pleased to announce Curtis W. Dewey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ACVS as the recipient of the 2014 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for “Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patient”

Dr. Curtis W. Dewey earned both his bachelor’s and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Cornell University. Subsequent to graduating with his doctorate, Dr. Dewey began a Small Animal Internship at the University of Georgia, and then a Small Animal Surgery Residency and Masters Degree (Anatomy) program at UGA. Dr. Dewey entered and completed a rotating Small Animal Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the University of California, Davis. He then served on the faculty of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine for five years, followed by a five years in private specialty practice at Long Island Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Dewey served as the Chief of the Neurology/Neurosurgery Service at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals for nearly (7) years, and is currently an Associate Professor, Section of Neurology/Neurosurgery, at Cornell. Beyond his extensive professional accomplishments, Dr. Dewey has spoken at multiple national and international veterinary meetings. He is also widely published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and related publications. The third edition of Dr. Dewey’s textbook A Practical Guide to Canine and Feline Neurology is currently in production, co-edited by Dr. Ronaldo daCosta.

The 2014 Hill’s ACVECC Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Dewey at the 2014 International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) Indianapolis, Indiana, September 10-14, 2014.

Dr. Dewey will be featured as a key lecturer in the 2015 ACVECC Postgraduate Review Course on “Neurology: Diagnostics and therapies for the critical patient,” on January 16, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.