2009 Alumni Society Recognition Award Bios

Biographies of the Winners

Alumni Society Recognition Awards

Dr. Bill DeHoff graduated from The Ohio State University with his DVM in 1964. He then completed his MS at Colorado State University in 1970. Dr. DeHoff has held prestigious positions such as chair in the Department of Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also served as a professor, adjunct professor, and head of Small Animal Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honorary Society and Who's Who in Veterinary Medicine, and has received many prestigous honors such as the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, National Academies of Practice Distinguished Practitioner, the Animal Medical Center Distinguished Alumnus Award, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1988, Dr. Dehoff founded Veterinary Hospital Operations of Central Ohio, Inc., whose goal was to enhance the emergency services in Central Ohio by offering specialty care to emergency patients and establishing a specialist veterinary referral service with the Columbus Veterinary Emergency Service. The business experienced substantial growth and incorporated several other specialty services into the practice that was called MedVet. Drs. Robert Starkey, John G. Gordon, Jonathan Shiroma, and Eric R. Schertel have joined Dr. DeHoff as owners of what is now called MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets. Over the years, numerous specialists have joined MedVet, creating a comprehensive regional center for specialty care that sees patients referred by family veterinarians throughout Ohio and adjoining states, and continues to develop its 24/7 emergency service for the region.

Dr. Susan Monger graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 1986. She spent the next few years working at veterinary clinics, focusing on small animal medicine and surgery, and initiated and developed a new small animal veterinary clinic in Maryland. Dr. Monger has worked for the Humane Society of the United States Rural Area Veterinary Services since 1999 as a veterinarian and currently serves as International Director. She is the lead veterinarian for RAVS clinics conducted domestically in Appalachia and on Indian reservations, organizing training programs for veterinary students and technicians while providing veterinary services in remote areas. As International Director, she develops sustainable veterinary outreach programs throughout the world, concentrating on teaching anesthesia and surgery in resource-challenged veterinary colleges in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Monger is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Central Austin Veterinary Medical Association, and the Ohio State Alumni Association.

Dr. Robert Sherding is currently Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He served as Department Chair from 1993 to 2006. Dr. Sherding received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1973. He then completed a one-year Internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, followed by a Residency in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University leading to ACVIM Board Certification in the Specialty of Internal Medicine. Dr. Sherding is a recipient of the 2009 Faculty Achievement Award presented by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians "for outstanding record of service and contributions to the veterinary profession, both nationally and internationally"; the 1998 Bourgelat Award presented by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association "for outstanding contributions to the field of small animal practice"; and the 1995 Friskies Award "for outstanding achievement in feline medicine". Dr. Sherding has been an invited lecturer at over 200 meetings of veterinary associations, including many national conventions as well as various international veterinary meetings in 13 countries. Dr. Sherding has authored or co-authored over 50 published journal articles and 80 book chapters; and he has edited or co-edited 4 textbooks, including the 3rd edition of Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice and two editions of The Cat: Diseases and Clinical Management. Dr. Sherding teaches senior clinics and lectures in 5 different courses for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year veterinary students. He also teaches in 3 graduate courses and has contributed to the clinical training and mentoring of 47 internal medicine residents. Dr. Sherding's clinical interests include feline internal medicine, gastroenterology, respiratory disease, and infectious disease.

Special President's Awards

Dr. Vernon Carter graduated from The Ohio State University in 1966 with a MS in Pharmacology and Toxicology after receiving his DVM from Auburn University in 1958. For 23 years, Dr. Carter served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, Veterinary Corps, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1981. Dr. Carter has held a variety of positions related to toxicology and veterinary medicine at locations around the world, including the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and air force bases in Ohio, New Mexico, and Libya. Dr. Carter joined Ohio State in 1982 as an associate dean and adjunct faculty professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, where he taught toxicology at the professional and graduate levels until 1995. Dr. Carter has 29 years of experience in industrial and environmental toxicology and is certified by the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Carter holds memberships in the Society of Toxicology, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, American Veterinary Medical Association, and is a fellow in the American College of Veterinary Toxicology. He has peer reviewed publications and Air Force technical reports on the toxicology of a number of environmental and industrial chemicals. In addition, Dr. Carter has been published in a variety of prestigious scientific journals, and has given many presentations on issues related to toxicology. Dr. Carter is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Zeta, and was honored with the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster). Dr. Carter currently resides in Worthington, Ohio and serves as a consultant in industrial and environmental toxicology. In addition, he served as the first chair of the Alumni Society's golf outing with colleague Dr. Jim Herman.

Dr. Dean W. Richardson graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with his DVM in 1979. He went on to complete his internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Richardson has remained at that institution and achieved recognition as a teacher and researcher. He currently holds the Charles W. Raker Professor of Equine Surgery, is the Chief of Large Animal Surgery, and has published more than 100 scientific papers. He is recognized around the world as a leader in the area of orthopedic surgery and is one of the foremost authorities on the repair of long bone fractures in horses. He has provided valuable service to the profession as well as the equine research community through his service to the Osteosynthesis Society and the Grayson-Jockey Club Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Richarson is the recipient of many awards and honors, including numerous distinguished teacher awards and was honored with The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005. Dr. Richardson treated Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, for eight months following the famed horse's injury in the 2006 Preakness. He has said it was an extraordinarily intense experience that brought a considerable amount of attention to the veterinary profession and the care of animals.

Distinguished Friend of the College

Mr. Bob Peterson and Mr. Bruce Peterson are the former co-owners of Columbus Serum Company, a recognized leader in the sales and distribution of veterinary supplies. The family business began in 1922 when their maternal grandfather, Dr. Earl P. Maxwell (DVM 1915) and Dr. Fonsa Lambert (DVM 1910) founded the company. Drs. Maxwell and Lambert's dream was to create a company that understood the ever-changing needs of their fellow veterinarians. Under the direction of Kenneth R. Peterson, son-in-law of Mrs. Maxwell, the company redirected its focus from hog cholera production to that of a full-service veterinary wholesale distributor serving every type of veterinarian. Bob and Bruce Peterson took over in 1987 with the passing of their father, Kenneth R. Peterson, in the company's sixty-fifth year. The company partnered with Hill's Pet Products, and expanded to the northern, southern, and eastern regions of the country. In the early 1990s, Columbus Serum began an unprecedented 10-year period of sales growth and territorial expansion. The company has continued to grow and expand, and has relationships with a variety of manufacturers of veterinarian products. Columbus Serum Company/Webster Veterinary is a regular contributor to many state and local veterinary associations and a major supporter of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, the company named the Student Affairs Suite in honor of friend and Emeritus Faculty member, Dr. Bill Ingalls. Bruce and Bob made a decision to sell Columbus Serum to the Patterson Companies of Minnesota (Webster Veterinary) in October 2008. Although this was not an easy decision for them, they believed it was the best course of action for taking the company and its employees into the future.

Updated September 1, 2009

Posted by Michelle Fehribach and Holly Davis