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Meeting Update: March 1

Peter Scrivani, DVM, DACVR
Cornell University

  • Thoracic Imaging
  • Pulmonary Imaging
  • Mediastinal Disease
  • Vascular Ring Anomalies
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Program Co-Chairs
Suzanne Cavadel and Amy Mohl

Food for Thought
roast turkey
  • Salad
  • Roast Turkey/Stuffing
  • Vegetarian Entrée
  • Mashed Potatoes/ Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Assorted Rolls/Butter
  • Ice Cream Specialties

Technician Seminar Series
The technician seminar series continues on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at the Elks Lodge from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individual seminar attendance cost is $65 and is payable at the door. Those technicians registered for the entire series will receive meeting announcements by email and have access to seminar handouts on the DC Academy website in the Technician section. Also, the DC Academy will archive continuing education credits for series-registered technicians as it does for DC Academy members.

Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS will be presenting on emergency medicine and critical care at the February 28 technicians seminar. The topics Mr. Yagi will present include:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Shock
  • Respiratory Emergencies

Job Board Postings
In order to expedite the placement of classified notices on the seminar bulletin boards and on the classified section of the website, please send your notices 48 hours prior to the seminar. This insures that the correct wording is on both the bulletin board and the website. We will not be able to accept notices for immediate posting during the seminar.

Remote Viewing Sites
Please remember that we have many simulcast sites open to DC Academy members.  The sites are located in the following towns: Morgantown, WV; Washington, DC; Annapolis Junction, Baltimore, Bowie, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Waldorf, MD; Leesburg, Winchester, & Yorktown, VA; Dover, DE.  There are no walk-in registrations at remote sites.  DC Academy members may attend at no charge at simulcast sites, but members must pre-register by sending an email with their name and site they wish to attend by 5:00 pm Monday prior to the seminar. 

 NOTE: Remote site registrants must provide 48 hour cancellation notice to avoid the $25 no-show administration fee.  The intention of setting up group viewing simulcasts is to foster the collegial nature of our seminars.  If you have any questions about the simulcasts, please contact Larry Koffer or 703-733-0556.

April 5, 2018 Seminar on Special Exotics
The seminar on April 5, 2018 is on Exotics and will be presented by Greg Costanzo, DVM, SEVS

President’s Column

Wow, this academy season is truly flying by quickly! Just to remind you, we have general elections coming up in April. We are seeking some directors and a Vice President nominee. If this sounds of interest, please contact myself or any current board member.

Personally, I have found being a member of the board a rewarding way to not only serve our community but also a catalyst to open other personal and professional opportunities. Looking forward to seeing you in person very soon.

Erica R Barron, DVM, CVA

Sad News
Dr. Donal (Don) McKeown, longtime DC Academy Honorary Member and Past President passed away this past January. Dr. Donal (Don) McKeown, cherished family member, veterinarian, surgeon, author, professor, philanthropist, and friend of many, passed away on January 16, 2018, at the age of 85. He was the beloved husband of Marion, father of Laurie (Lindsey), David (Donna), Daniel (Janice), and Kim (Peter), and brother of Brent (Jennie). A very strong bond of mutual love tied him to his grandchildren Meghan, Natalie (Katlin), Katie (Michael), Julia (Gui), Emily (Jeff), Melissa (Sasha), Trevor, Carley (Jason), Allison, and Brooke (Chris), as well as his great-grandchildren Bronwyn, Luc, Graham, Claire, and Ella. He was also close to other members of the extended McKeown family, as well as those of the Strangway, Gow, Borris, and Smitham families.

Don’s life is best explained in his own words: “There are very few people who have enjoyed life more than I. I have lived at the best time in history, raised by supporting and caring parents, and have a wonderful family of which I am extremely proud.” When receiving The Alumnus of the Year Award (2004) from the University of Guelph, he pointed out that “none of my achievements would have been possible without the support and good will of many others. First of these is Marion, my wife and best friend, who encouraged and often guided me through the adventures we’ve taken together.”

Born and raised on a farm in Medonte Twp. Simcoe County, Don moved to Toronto when he was eleven. He attended McMaster University and then the University of Guelph to study veterinary medicine. After graduation he and Marion moved to Washington D.C., where they raised their family and worked until he returned to Canada, accepting an Associate Professor position at the University of Guelph.

Over the years he had many accomplishments, some of which include: President of the Washington D.C. Veterinary Academy, President of The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, Director of the Human Animal Bond Association, President of the Fergus/Elora Rotary Club, Consultant to Canada Customs, and Co-chair of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital Fund Raising Committee. He contributed to, authored, or co-authored eight books and published several Veterinary Journal articles. He was co-owner of Professional Animal Behavior Associates Inc. In honour of his achievements, Don received Teaching Excellence awards at O.V.C in 1977 and 1984, The Distinguished Teaching Award in 1978 and was Veterinarian of the Year for Ontario in 1989. He also was given The Canadian Animal Health Award for Industrial Innovation and Leadership.

Don lived life fully, surrounding himself with family and friends, and generously sharing the many successes he accrued; through laughter, life experiences, words of wisdom, and companionship. To those of us fortunate to have been in that group, we gained unforgettable memories by just being in his company.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s name can be sent to The Groves Memorial Hospital Foundation. As per Don’s wishes, a Celebration of Life is being planned, and will be held at a later date.

Editor’s Note: Don also established one of the first behavior programs in Canada at the University of Guelph. He mentored several of the current diplomates in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and was a partner in a behavior consulting business.


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