Dr. Peter Hellyer, a Colorado State University veterinarian and professor in clinical sciences, accepted responsibilities as new president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and several students, faculty, and staff in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were recognized at the annual CVMA Convention, held Sept. 19-22 in Loveland.
Hellyer joined the anesthesia faculty at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1995. He helped develop comprehensive, problem-based curriculum for students rotating through the anesthesia service. He is known for his dedication to education and his work as former associate dean for the college’s Professional Veterinary Medicine Program.
Dr. Timothy Holt awarded by Dr. Randa MacMillan, past CVMA president.
Dr. Timothy Holt, associate professor of livestock medicine and surgery, received the 2013 CVMA Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions to veterinary medicine. Discouraged by academic counselors in his younger years for not “fitting the mold” of a veterinary student, Holt eventually received his DVM in 1988 emphasizing mixed animal medicine.
Holt is an internationally known expert in bovine high mountain disease, which can cause congestive heart failure in cattle and is a major concern among Western beef producers. He travels 75,000 miles a year to assess cattle with a rapid testing method he helped develop for high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery.
Holt also is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and chiropractic care and has helped introduce alternative treatments for livestock. He is known for the breadth of his knowledge and expertise, which he has offered to a variety of audiences.
Dr. Patricia Cole, a veterinarian and associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, was awarded the 2013 CVMA Outstanding Faculty Award for her selfless contributions and support for her students. She is known as a gifted instructor among students and colleagues, carrying the title of veterinarian with pride and encouraging her students to do the same.
Cole claims to have as much fun teaching students as they have learning from her. “I feel privileged to play my part through my work at CSU,” she says. “I have taught pathology to more than 3,000 veterinary students, helping them prepare for their careers. And in my work as a pathologist, I can help animals by providing diagnostic services that help other veterinarians do their work.”
Michael Hernandez, clinical instructor and veterinary technician, received the 2013 CVMA Technician of the Year Award for his commitment to animal welfare and outstanding leadership ability. After high school, Hernandez joined the U.S. Marine Corps; he served for six years, then returned to Colorado and began attending CSU. While working towards a degree in microbiology, Hernandez worked at a local alpaca farm, assisting Dr. LaRue Johnson in teaching neonatal workshops to alpaca owners. In his role at CSU, he teaches first- and second-year veterinary students Foundations of Veterinary Medicine.
Three CSU veterinary students were recognized by the student chapter of CVMA during the conference’s second-annual student poster competition.
First Place, Katlin Horning (PVM class of 2016): Evaluation of a point-of-care glucose and β-hydroxybutyrate meter operated in various environmental conditions in prepartum and postpartum sheep.
Second Place, Nadia Saklou (PVM class of 2015): Environmental survival of equid herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1).
Third Place, Sam Johnson (PVM class of 2016): Degenerative and Infectious Change in Heart Valves from Northern Sea Otters.