2016 Alumni Society Recognition Award Recipients
Keith D. Burgett, DVM ‘69 Carrollton, Ohio
After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969, Dr. Burgett served as a captain in the U.S. Army for two years then established the Carrollton Animal Hospital. Originally a mixed animal practice, his practice is currently small animal. Dr. Burgett also owns the Burgett Angus Farm, a previous Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Seedstock Producer of the Year. Dr. Burgett has been active in both his community and professional organizations, including the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Licensing Board and the Ohio and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Boards, on which he served as the Region 1 federation vice president. Dr. Burgett has also made several trips to Russia serving in its remote villages with the Volunteers in Oversees Cooperative Assistance programs where he taught local veterinarians and villagers animal husbandry and veterinary techniques.
Gerald F. Johnson, DVM ‘68 New York, NY
Widely recognized as the “Father of Veterinary Endoscopy,” Dr. Johnson was the first U.S. veterinarian to use flexible endoscopy in dogs and cats and the first U.S. veterinarian to use laparoscopy as a diagnostic tool for evaluating canine liver disease. Following graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Johnson completed an internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and became a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He then joined the staff of AMC and became its Chief of Gastroenterology Medicine Service. During the early days of endoscopy, Dr. Johnson developed many of the endoscopic techniques still used today. The author of numerous publications, in 1980 he published the first textbook chapter on gastrointestinal endoscopy. In 1982, Dr. Johnson established the Chelse Animal Hospital in New York City where he continued to practice until his retirement in 2011. He is the recipient of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society’s Pioneer Award and a past recipient of the Animal Medical Center’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jason M. Mott, DVM ‘96, PhD ‘01 Mt. Sterling, OH Almaty, Kazakhstan
Following receipt of his DVM and PhD degrees from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mott began work as a Senior Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. He was immediately recognized as an outstanding researcher, leader and the go-to person for difficult and challenging assignments and research projects. In 2007 he began serving as the Associate Director of the Biodefense Research Program at Battelle’s Biomedical Research Center where he oversaw research focused on the development of vaccines and therapeutics for bacterial, viral, toxin and chemical agents. He also mentored numerous junior researchers. In 2010 Dr. Mott was selected to lead a Battelle team in establishing operating guidelines and initiate research efforts in a brand new U.S. government built laboratory in the Republic country of Georgia. That lab is now fully functioning as a viable part of the World Health Organization reference laboratory network for infectious disease surveillance. Due to this success, Dr. Mott was recently selected to assist in establishing training programs for biosafety and biosecurity of the U.S. government built laboratories in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Michael D. Terrill, DVM ‘86 Eden Prairie, MN
Dr. Mike Terrill received his DVM degree from Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Subsequently, he received his MS degree in Integrated Food Animal Management Systems from the University of Illinois in 1988. He then joined Murphy Farms in North Carolina. In 1992, Dr. Terrill became the General Manager of live production for Farmer John, a Los Angeles-based pork processor. Under his leadership, the company developed into the 12th largest pork production operation in the U.S. In 2005, Hormel Foods acquired Farmer John and he continued in the role of Vice President. Since 2012, Dr. Terrill has been the President and CEO of Topigs Norsvin USA, a global leader in swine genetics, delivering genetic progress through innovation and a worldwide breeding infrastructure. Dr. Terrill has served in many capacities in the National Pork Producers Council, National Pork Board, and state pork associations. Currently, he is on the Swine Health Information Center Board of Directors. A member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Dr. Terrill delivered the distinguished Alex Hogg Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting in 2008. He currently resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife Julia.