Vital Signs
April 2006

Building Upon Our Strengths

Dr. Gerhardt G. SchurigDear Friends and Colleagues,
 
It is no secret to most of you that veterinary services delivered by general practitioners and especially specialty practices are becoming more and more sophisticated and complete. Specialty practices, in particular, are able to focus, and therefore invest, more specifically in the provision of advanced clinical care.  

Some believe we have already arrived at a time where advanced specialty practices in the private sector can acquire the newest and best equipment more quickly than public university based veterinary teaching hospitals. And many of these advanced specialty practices are better equipped in a broad range of specialties than some veterinary teaching hospitals. These trends have reached a point where these specialty hospitals actually surpass teaching hospitals in terms of technical equipment, instrumentation, response time, and sheer convenience of access for pet-owners.  

But one area, besides quality teaching of course, that these practices cannot "annex" is the capacity of our highly qualified faculty to conduct the sophisticated research that creates the advanced prevention, diagnostic and treatment capabilities, and dissemination of new knowledge that ultimately makes a major difference in saving lives and recovering patients. It is therefore important for veterinary teaching hospitals to excel in this unique area, and it is incumbent upon us to help the public understand how this unique capacity we have for discovery differentiates us.  

Caseloads must be sustained and possibly grown as the public begins to understand the edge we maintain in providing tertiary care; that is, creating and applying the experimental approaches that are ultimately adopted by the others as a standard of care. It is therefore imperative that we organize our basic and clinical research programs extremely well, and take full advantage of the resources we have (basic research talent and graduate students in additional to clinical researchers) and truly excel in the only niche in which private practice cannot really compete.  

This is a central operating theorem supporting our gradual migration into a culture of translational medicine/research, our decision to pursue the cluster hire you will read about below, and our strategy for dealing with the environmental changes that are fast-forwarding the evolution of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the 21st Century.  

Sincerely,  


Gerhardt G. Schurig
Dean


Virginia Agribusiness Council Honors VMRCVM's Whittier

Dr. W. D. Whittier Years of hard work by one of the state's most prominent university-based extension agents were recently recognized when the Virginia Agribusiness Council awarded Virginia Tech's Production Management Medicine/Bovine Specialist - Veterinary Extension Dr. W. D. Whittier their annual "Extension Service Award."
 
Whittier, a professor in the VMRCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (DLACS) who works with the Production Management Medicine operation, was honored during the 2006 Virginia Beef Expo in Harrisonburg on April 13. The Virginia Beef Expo is the state's premiere beef cattle event.
 
During the award presentation, Virginia Agribusiness Council President Donna Pugh Johnson described Dr. Whittier as the "go-to" man for solutions to diseases and health concerns related to cattle.
 
"One of the main reasons our college was founded in the 1970's was to provide service to Virginia's agricultural industries," said VMRCVM Dean Gerhardt Schurig. "This award from the Virginia Agri-Business Council recognizes the hard work and dedication of Dr. Whittier and we are proud of him, but it also reminds us that our college is making a difference in Virginia agriculture."
 
In information shared with the Virginia Agribusiness Council former VMRCVM DLACS Head Dr. Craig Thatcher said "Dr. Whittier has done more for the mission of university public service than any faculty member in the college of veterinary medicine."
 
During his 25-year career with the VMRCVM, Dr. Whittier has made significant contributions to the advancement of Virginia's beef cattle industry. When he joined the faculty in 1980, he initiated a clinical outreach program and was instrumental in building the program to its current level of caring for over 35,000 animals every year.
 
Dr. Whittier was a pioneer in the college's Production Management Medicine program, a disease prevention oriented approach to clinical care that emphases herd and flock productivity by carefully developing and monitoring precise immunology, parasitology, nutrition and reproduction programs.
 
Veterinarians, extension agents, and producers around the state consider Dr. Whittier an excellent clinician and frequently consult with him concerning food animal medical problems, according to Virginia Agribusiness Council leaders. He spends considerable time providing telephone and on-farm consultation and service to practitioners and producers in the Commonwealth, they added.
 
Whittier has earned national distinction and is regularly sought after to make presentations to veterinarians and producers. He is active on the boards and committees of many producer organizations. He is a respected teacher and has made contributions toward the development of the college's "food animal" curriculum.
 
The Virginia Agribusiness Council represents agricultural producers, suppliers, marketers, processors and commodity associations throughout the Commonwealth. As "the unified voice of Virginia agriculture and forestry," the Council has a combined membership of over 40,000 people.
 


VMRCVM's Meng Appointed to Prestigious NIH Committee

Dr. X.J. Meng Dr. X.J. Meng, a physician and Ph.D. virologist in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (DBSP), has been appointed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve a two-year term on the Scientific Review Team for the Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section.
 
"Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors," said Dr. Toni Scarpa, Director for Scientific Review at NIH.
 
Membership on an NIH study section represents a substantial commitment of time and energy as well as a unique effort to make material contributions to the nation's biomedical research effort, according to Scarpa. Members of study sections review grant applications submitted to NIH, and make recommendations to the appropriate NIH committees and advisory boards.
 
"Dr. Meng's appointment on this prestigious NIH committee is an affirmation of his scientific achievements and his international reputation as a virologist and it reflects very positively on our college," said VMRCVM Dean Gerhardt Schurig.
 
Meng, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (DBSP), operates a world-renowned laboratory in the college's Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases (CMMID) that is exploring Hepatitis E virus as well as several other zoonotic diseases.
 
His research interests include studying the molecular mechanisms of viral replication and pathogenesis, developing vaccines against viral diseases, the study of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic viral diseases, human, swine and avian Hepatitis E viruses, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and porcine circovirus.
 
Prior to joining the VMRCVM in 1999, Meng served as Senior Staff Fellow of the Molecular Hepatitis Section of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
 
Dr. Meng earned an M.D. from Binzhou Medical College in Binzhou, Shandong, People's Republic of China; a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Virus Research Institute, Wuhan University College of Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei, Peoples Republic of China; and a Ph.D. in Immunobiology from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventive Medicine at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
 


VMRCVM Seeks to Develop 21st Century Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Various Images of the Current VTH In a move designed to create the "Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the 21st Century" and clinical programs that embrace the concept of translational medicine/research, the college is launching a national search for a cluster hire that will provide leadership for the college's two clinical departments and Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
 
The goal is to recruit a leadership team that will develop a dynamic clinical services model that takes into account the many environmental changes that are affecting the way university based Veterinary Teaching Hospitals operate in the contemporary marketplace, according to VMRCVM Dean Gerhardt Schurig.
 
Some of those changes include changing caseload patterns brought about by the rise of private-practice based advanced-care referral hospitals operated by board-certified professionals in some of the nation's larger cities. This trend has a direct impact on veterinary teaching hospitals, which must still address their historic role of training DVM students, as well as interns and residents seeking advanced training on their path toward board certification by specialty colleges such as the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and others.
 
Additionally, university based veterinary teaching hospitals remain the nexus for tertiary care and translational medicine/research programs, where newly discovered therapies, techniques and protocols are developed and tested through the collaborative efforts of basic scientists and clinical practitioners working together to solve urgent animal health problems.
 
"This is an opportunity for us to move boldly in a sector of academic veterinary medicine that is going through significant change," he said. "Our college is renowned for the excellence of our clinical programs. Our goal is to develop a model that will create even greater success in the years ahead."
 
Considering the strategic importance and broad impact of the approach, the college has taken care to develop a twin-tiered, comprehensive search committee that includes faculty and staff who have been nominated and selected from various departments. A steering committee comprised of representatives from various college constituencies will provide coordination and oversight over two committees comprised of employees in the Departments of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (DSACS) and Large Animal Clinical Sciences (DLACS).
 
Members of the Steering Committee include Dr.Gerhardt Schurig, dean; Dr. Mark Crisman, professor, DLACS; Dr. Marti Moon-Larson, professor, DSACS; Dr. Bob Duncan, associate professor, DBSP; Dr. Sara Salmon, a Charlottesville practitioner and president-elect of the VMRCVM Alumni Society; and Deanna McCrudden, LVT, representative from the VMRCVM Staff Association. The two clinical department members of the Steering Committee will chair the individual departmental committees.
 
The DSACS Committee will be chaired by Dr. Moon-Larsen and include Dr. David Panciera, professor; Dr. Ian Herring, assistant professor; Dr. Karen Inzana, professor; Dr. Jonathan Abbott, associate professor, and Angela Duncan, staff.
 
The DLACS committee will be chaired by Dr. Crisman and include Dr. Craig Thatcher, professor; Dr. Scott Pleasant, associate professor and director of equine extension; Dr. Korinn Saker, associate professor; Dr. Sharon Witonsky, assistant professor, Dr. Harold McKenzie, assistant professor, Equine Medical Center; and Mrs. Becky Wade, staff.
 
National recruitment efforts will begin in the near future and college officials hope to have the search concluded and leadership in place by Spring 2007.
 


VMRCVM's 23rd Commencement Activities Scheduled

Graduates Enjoy Commencement Activities The VMRCVM will graduate 85 new veterinarians during its 23rd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 a.m. in Virginia Tech's Squires Student Center. Guests are asked to be in their seats by 8:15 a.m.
 
In addition to the 85 DVM degrees, the college will award eight Ph.D. degrees, 14 M.S. degrees and 12 Certificates of Residency during the ceremony.
 
With the graduation of this class, the college will have awarded a total of 1934 DVM degrees, 80 Ph.D. degrees, and 174 M.S. degrees.
 
Featuring dignitaries from both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, the colorful pageant will include the presentation of diplomas jointly awarded by Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland at College Park, the administration of the "Veterinarian's Oath," the "Hooding Ceremony," and numerous awards and honors.
 
In keeping with tradition, the graduating class selected a favorite faculty member to address them during the ceremony. Dr. Kevin Pelzer, associate professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, will present keynote remarks.
 
Dr. Richard A. Hartigan, president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, will welcome the new graduates into the profession on behalf of organized veterinary medicine and Dr. Cindy L. Burnsteel, president of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, will swear the new veterinarians into the profession through the administration of the "Veterinarian's Oath."
 
Neal K. Peckens, the valedictorian of the class of 2006, will be honored with the presentation of the Richard B. Talbot Award, and Dr. Rhonda A. Rathgeber, will be honored as the Outstanding Young alumna.
 
On Friday, May 12, at 11 a.m., the college will hold its annual Graduation Awards Luncheon at the Custom Catering Dining Room at 902 Patrick Henry Drive in Blacksburg. Scores of students and faculty members will be honored for their academic performance and teaching excellence during that ceremony.
 


Colby Honored with UMD/CANR Outstanding Alumnus Early Career Award

Dr. Michelle Colby, 1999 VMRCVM Graduate Dr. Michelle Colby, a 1999 VMRCVM graduate with a specialization in Public & Corporate Veterinary Medicine, has been selected to receive the University of Maryland at College Park College of Agriculture & Natural Resources' (AGNR) 2006 Outstanding Alumnus Early Career Award.
 
The award honors a graduate who has shown outstanding progress in her/his chosen career. In 2002, Michelle completed a joint graduate/residency program in Applied Veterinary Epidemiology at the college's Maryland campus and is currently a policy analyst at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President.
 
Dr. Colby's contributions to high-priority national issues in the fields of agro-terrorism, public health, veterinary medicine and agriculture are extensive. As a policy analyst at OSTP, she serves as a subject matter expert in these areas and independently analyzes, assesses and prioritizes critical research on high-priority national issues in her fields of expertise. She communicates with Congress, the press and the public on matters involving homeland security policy.
 
Her graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park focused on population health and epidemiologic studies of disease risk factors in both humans and animals, with emphasis on environmental risk assessment, risk communication and public policy justification.
 
Dr. Colby has received many awards and honors for her work. These include the 2005 OSTP Exceptional Service Award, the 2003-2004 AAAS/NTI Global Security Fellowship, the 2002 Avrum Gudelsky Award for Excellence in Veterinary Medicine, and several others.
 
In 2003, Michelle received the highly-prestigious and highly-competitive American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship to further her career in public health. She used this coveted fellowship to obtain training in national high-priority issues in the fields of public health, veterinary medicine and agriculture at OSTP.
 
During her fellowship at OSTP, she was involved in analyzing and assessing critical research on high-priority, national issues in agro-terrorism and public health. She was responsible for planning a Blue Ribbon Panel on Agro-terrorism which was charged with identifying essential research priorities in agro-terrorism defense.
 


College Park Campus Schedules "Maryland's Best and Brightest" Program

The Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center The VMRCVM's College Park campus will hold its annual "Maryland's Best and Brightest" program on Friday, May 19 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
 
During this event, the 30 students from Maryland who have been selected to matriculate with the VMRCVM's class of 2010 will be publicly introduced and recognized before family, friends and college and university faculty, administrators and other officials.
 
A reception will be held following the ceremonies. The event is traditionally held on the day before the University of Maryland's general commencement ceremonies.
 


VMRCVM Extension/VDACS Present National Animal Identification Forum

NAIS will Focus on Cattle Due to Recently Diagnosed Cases of Mad Cow Disease An effort to establish a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) continues to move forward in the United States and VMRCVM extension officials recently teamed up with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the Virginia Farm Bureau to present a workshop on the topic for Virginia animal industry leaders at the Virginia Farm Bureau Headquarters in Richmond.
 
As envisioned the NAIS will safeguard animal and public health by creating a national program that will allow all food animals suspected to be involved with a serious disease outbreak to be traced back and traced forward through the food chain within 48 hours.
 
When fully implemented, the plan will involve all livestock, including horses and poultry, according to Virginia State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes and Virginia Tech Extension Veterinarian Dr. W. D. Whittier, organizers of the event. But the pilot program is focusing on cattle because of recently diagnosed cases of Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy -BSE) in the United States and the implications the disorder has for export markets.
 
"There are many questions still outstanding about the developing system but there are also many things known that are important for key decision-makers to understand," wrote Drs. Whittier and Wilkes to agricultural leaders across the state. The program sought to create a forum in which people could learn more about the program and its implementation as well as voice questions and concerns.
 
Following welcoming remarks from Virginia Farm Bureau President Bruce L. Hiatt and opening comments from Dr. Whittier, a professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, guests participated in a number of lectures and break-out sessions.
 
Program topics included "Overview of National Animal Identification System" by Neil Hammerschmidt, coordinator of the NAIS program; "The Wisconsin Experience with Animal Identification" by Robert Fordraine, Wisconsin Livestock Identification consortium; "Virginia's approach to National Animal Identification" by Virginia State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes; and "Challenges of Livestock Identification" by Spencer Neale.
 
Most of the afternoon featured presentations on "Commodity Group Approaches to Animal Identification in Virginia" by representatives of the American Horse Council, the Virginia Cattleman's Association, the Virginia Dairyman's Association, the Virginia State Dairy Goat Association, the Virginia Pork Industry Association and the Virginia Poultry Federation.
 


VMRCVM Student Earns Tech's "Graduate Student of the Year Award"

Dr. S. Swamy Siddaramappa A graduate student in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has been recognized as Virginia Tech's Graduate Student of the Year during Virginia Tech's 6th Annual Graduate Education Week ceremonies, one was honored for the best Ph.D. dissertation and another was honored during the recent Graduate Student Association's 22nd Annual Research Symposium.
 
Dr. S. Swamy Siddaramappa, a Ph.D student working with Dr. Thomas Inzana, the Tyler J. and Frances F. Young Professor of Bacteriology, was named the university's "Graduate Student of the Year." He was also honored with the college's "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" and was elected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."
 
Siddaramappa has served as president of the Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Graduate Student Association, as a member of the college's Graduate Affairs Committee, as Vice President of the Virginia Tech Graduate Student Association, as chair of the Graduate Student Association's Budget Board, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Students Association.
 
Siddaramappa has made material contributions to Dr. Inzana's research program in Haemophilus somnus, an organism that causes major disease threats in the cattle industry.
 
"Dr. Siddaramappa is very bright and is able to quickly learn new technology and apply them to his own work," wrote Dr. Inzana. He ranks among the best, if not the best, graduate student I have had in my lab in my 21 years of academic research."
 
He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), and other groups.
 
In other commendations awarded during the Graduate Education Week Awards Banquet, Dr. Alexa C. Rosypal was awarded the "Outstanding Dissertation Commendation Award." Honored for her work "Characterization of Canine Leishmaniasis in the United States: Pathogenesis, Immunological Responses, and Transmission of an American Isolate of Leishmania infantum," she is a former graduate student of Dr. David Lindsay, professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology.
 
In the the recent Graduate Student Association's 22nd Annual Research Symposium, Ashish Ranjan, a graduate student in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was awarded 3rd place in the Agriculture and Animal Sciences competition.
 


Peckens Honored as Outstanding Graduating DVM Student

Neal Peckens, Class of 2006 Virginia Tech has named Neal Peckens, a resident of Boonsboro, Md., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM).
 
"Mr. Peckens received this award because of his services to the university, as well as his many accomplishments throughout his academic career," said Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
 
Peckens is expected to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May of this year. During his time at Virginia Tech, Peckens has been ranked number one in his class, as well as received excellent evaluations on his DVM clinical clerkships.
 
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Peckens is also president of the Alpha Psi-Pi chapter, a service fraternity in the VMRCVM.
 
The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.
 
The purpose of the award is recognition of outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their quality credit average (3.4 or higher) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and contributions of service to the university and/or community.
 


Virginia Tech Honors Virologist Thomas Toth with Emeritus Status

Dr. Thomas E. Toth Dr. Thomas E. Toth, professor of virology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting March 27.
 
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
 
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1982, Toth spent most of his 23 years at the university as the sole faculty member in virology, fulfilling the teaching, research, and service roles of that discipline. He was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 43 funded research projects totaling approximately $2.36 million, and served as director of the college's flow cytometry laboratory, a unique and high-demand research facility serving the entire campus since its inception in 1985.
 
He also received numerous awards and recognitions for his innovation, dedication and success in teaching, including Teacher of the Year, College Teaching Excellence Award, and the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Award.
 
A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Toth received his D.V.M. degree from the University of Budapest (Hungary), and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
 


VMRCVM Team Helps the Cause in Relay for Life

The Class of 2009 Relay for Life Team Led by the class of 2009, a 17-member team from the VMRCVM participated in the 5th Annual Virginia Tech/Radford/Montgomery County Relay for Life, a charity event that raised more than $125,000 for the American Cancer Society.
 
The college's team raised more than $3,100 to support cancer research and cancer awareness programs, according to Suzanne Gregory, a member of the class of 2009 and fund-raising chair for the college team. The VMRCVM team placed sixth in fund-raising out of the 131 teams that competed in the relay, she said.
 
Virginia Tech's Johnson Track complex was roaring all night with music and cheering as more than 1000 people representing 130 clubs and organizations from the greater university community walked and ran around the track to raise money and promote cancer awareness.
 
From the ceremonial kick-off on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. until the event officially concluded Saturday morning at 9 a.m., students and faculty members representing the VMRCVM continuously circled the track during the fund-raiser. "I am excited about how much participation we received, how supportive the VMRCVM was, as well as how much money we were able to raise," said April A. Mafturak, relay team captain, a member of the class of 2009 and president of the college's Omega Tau Sigma service fraternity.
 
The Virginia Tech event is considered one of the largest and most successful in the nation, said Gregory.
 
Dr. Robert B. Duncan, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (DBSP), ran seven miles straight in honor of his pastor who passed away recently as a result of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Tanya Leroith, an assistant professor in DBSP, also ran a seven-mile portion of the relay.
 
Erica Kellar, a member of the class of 2009 who has successfully battled Hodgkins's Lymphoma, wore the purple "survivor's sash" and ran the ceremonial first lap of the evening with other cancer survivors.
 
Sara Hyink, a member of the Class of 2009 produced doggie bandanas that said "I did my part and helped support the fight against cancer. Relay for Life 2009" and made them available for sale.
 
Many people brought dogs to the event, said Mafturak, and the VMRCVM's Animal Welfare Club as well as Virginia Tech's Pre-Vet Clubs shared informational displays.
 
Team members included April Mafturak (Team Captain), Suzanne Gregory (Fund-raising Captain), Dave Didio, Robert Duncan, Kelly Gimbel, Gina Graziano, Christina Hayes, Sarah Hyink, Scott Johnston, Erica Kellar, Tanya LeRoith, Laura Owens, Melissa Pendergast, Jessica Pizzillo, Katie Rigney, Rebecca Slivka, and Tonya Sparks.
 


Emergency Generator Installed at EMC, Other Upgrades Planned

The New Generator at the EMC A new Caterpillar 300 kilowatt diesel powered, water-cooled back-up generator has been installed at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg.
 
The installation of the massive new generator is part of a major $650,000 project designed to upgrade the center's 22-year old electrical fired boiler system to a new gas fired boiler system, according to EMC Hospital Administrator Richard Gargagliano.
 
The new generator will provide continuous back-up power for the hospital's biomedical equipment and HVAC system in the event of a power disruption.
 
"We've had some problems with disruption of our business in the past," said Gargagliano, who added that the facilities upgrades are occurring during a period of expansion at the EMC.
 
The entire project is expected to be complete by Fall 2006. Virginia Tech's Reserve Maintenance Fund is largely funding the physical plant enhancements at the Equine Medical Center.
 


College Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Tedora, '00

Dr. Lisa Marie Tedora Dr. Lisa Marie Tedora, 37, of Manassas, a member of the class of 2000, died after a battle with malignant melanoma on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at her residence.
 
Dr. Tedora was a graduate of Yale University, where she received her B.S. in English. She received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tedora practiced at the Animal Emergency Hospital & Referral Center in Leesburg, Va.
 
She founded Creature Comforts Veterinary Care and was a member of The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She was an avid horsewoman. Dr. Tedora loved books, her family, her pets and her life's work - caring for animals.
 
Her family has established a scholarship at the VMRCVM in her memory and contributions may be forwarded to Lisa Tedora Fund, Office of Development, VMRCVM, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 24061.