The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) Alumni Advisory Council recognized four graduates with 2021 Alumni Awards for their achievements in advancing the veterinary medical profession, animal and human health.
The awards were presented at a celebratory event on September 11 at the School of Veterinary Medicine. The professional services of the winners range from improving the health and rearing of fish to supporting shelter medicine, increasing health equity and inspiring many generations of veterinarians.
The SVM Alumni Advisory Board launched the Alumni Awards program in 2019 to recognize graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the school’s legacy of excellence. . Terrence P. Clark DVM’87 (Distinguished Service Award) and Ryan Wallace DVM’12 (Young Alumni Award) were the first recipients of the award in 2020.
Find out more about the 2021 winners:
Distinguished Service Award
Myron Kebus MS’90, DVM’92
Myron Kebus is the Aquaculture Program Veterinarian – the state’s chief fish veterinarian – with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce, and Consumer Protection.
A pioneer in the development of the field of veterinary fish medicine, Kebus established the Wisconsin Aquatic Veterinary Service, the first private veterinary practice dedicated to fish in the Midwest, which catered to fish farmers, public aquariums, fish breeders in ornament and to enthusiasts across the country.
After many successful years managing this mobile fish farming practice, in 1999 Kebus became Wisconsin’s first state aquaculture veterinarian. In this role, he developed regulations related to fish health and a certification process for the import, movement and storage of fish in the state, worked to increase biosecurity standards in aquaculture from the Wisconsin and guided the state’s response to the emergence of the deadly fish virus. Hemorrhagic septicemia. Many states have turned to Kebus for advice on creating their own fish health regulations.
Kebus has created training programs for veterinarians in fish health medicine and for fish farmers related to preventing the spread of disease in aquaculture. Veterinarians from all over the world have taken the Kebus Fish Health Online Course to become certified to inspect and approve fish farms.
Kebus is a founding member and past president of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians and continues to lecture and mentor association members. He has also served as Chairman of the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), liaised with the AVMA’s Environmental Issues Committee, and has represented veterinarians in the Human Health Section. American Fisheries Society fish.
Honorary member of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences, Kebus and Professor Emeritus Michael Collins have taught a selective course in fish health for veterinary medicine students since 2005. Several students credit the class for having them. inspired to become fish vets and help build long-standing mentoring relationships with Kebus.
Young graduates award
Katie Kuehl DVM’12
Katie Kuehl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (WSU). She is the director of the WSU Shelter Medicine program based at the Seattle Humane Society in Bellevue, Washington. In this capacity, Kuehl works alongside fourth-year veterinary students to provide hands-on training in shelter medicine and community outreach.
Kuehl also leads the veterinary team at the university’s One Health clinic. This partnership with the University of Washington and Neighborcare Health provides integrated medical care for homeless or at-risk people and their pets. The Interprofessional Clinic allows students to work alongside other professional students (medicine, social work and public health) and gain a better understanding of the relationship between human and animal health and care for the whole family unit.
Additionally, Kuehl is currently conducting companion animal and coronavirus research in collaboration with the University of Washington Center for Health Research and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab. With this study on coronavirus pet testing, researchers are testing animal samples for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Kuehl began his career as a shelter veterinarian at the Dane County Humane Society. There, helping provide hands-on training and mentoring to UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s shelter medical interns, residents, and fourth-year veterinary students, Kuehl began his journey as a educator.
Kuehl was named the 2020 Washington State Veterinary Medical Association Faculty Member of the Year, an award presented annually to faculty who have served association members with distinction. She is also chair of the board of directors of the Washington State Animal Health Foundation, which is about to launch a new healthcare access resource, the Vets Helping Pets Fund.
Bernard Easterday MS’58, DVM’61 and Susan Hyland MS’73, PhD’78
The advisory board also recognized Bernard Easterday and Susan Hyland for their pivotal role in establishing the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and laying the groundwork for the school’s success. Easterday and Hyland are both graduates of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at UW-Madison, the precursor to SVM’s Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program.
The couple were honored for their leading role in the creation of UW SVM and their long legacy, which continues today, advising and mentoring hundreds of future veterinarians and researchers over several decades.
In 1947, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents passed a resolution that a school of veterinary medicine should be established on campus when sufficient funds were available. The proposals circled the political roller coaster, but 32 years passed before the circumstances were right for that to happen. As a result of considerable effort by a range of advocates for the school’s training, the state legislature finally established the UW School of Veterinary Medicine in July 1979.
Easterday, then a professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, where he had been a faculty member since 1961, was invited to head the new veterinary school. He and Hyland – at the time a recent graduate with a doctorate in veterinary science who took responsibility for academic affairs – were part of a founding team of individuals. Between 1979 and 1983, the group coordinated academic planning, the recruitment of faculty and staff, and the construction of the facilities necessary for the establishment of the School of Veterinary Medicine. The first class of 80 students was admitted in 1983.
As the school’s founding dean, Easterday held this position until his retirement in 1994, overseeing many notable achievements as the school continued to develop its strong international reputation in the fields of research, education and clinical care. Hyland was the school’s first associate dean for academic affairs from 1983 to 2006, supporting students with dedication, compassion, and guidance throughout and beyond the rigorous four-year DVM program.