Congratulations to our Alumni Award Winners!

On Friday, October 18 four alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine and two faculty members in the Veterinary Medical Center recieved special recognition from the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society as part of the festivities of Reunion-Homecoming Weekend. Alumni Society Recognition Award winners include: Dr. Maurice H. Docton, Class of 1978; Dr. Martin P. Hines, Class of 1946; Dr. Michael Hockman, Class of 1966; and Dr. Stephen M. Reed, Class of 1976.

The Fox Teaching Award will be presented to Dr. Andy Niehaus, service head in the Hospital for Farm Animals; and the John Lyman, Jr. Teaching Award will be presented to Dr. Susan Barrett, service head for Community Practice in the Hospital for Companion Animals. 

Brief biographical information is available below:

Alumni Society Recognition Awards

Maurice H. Docton, DVM 1978

Prior to entering the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Maurice (Maury) Docton, of Laura, Ohio, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served on a ship for a year and volunteered for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training. Assigned to SEAL Team One, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam and participated in over 100 combat missions with both U.S. and Vietnamese SEAL units. Dr. Docton received numerous decorations in recognition of his actions under fire and was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor in 2013. Dr. Docton left the military to follow in his father’s footsteps, and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He joined his family practice and in 1985 completed a surgery residency program. In 1996, Dr. Docton joined the Iams Company as clinical veterinarian, and in 2000 became manager of technical communications in the Research & Development Division. In 2007, Dr. Docton became technical services veterinarian for the North American Pet Specialty Organization, traveling to every state in the U.S. and several other countries to teach dog and cat nutrition to consumers, retailers and veterinarians. He retired in 2012 and returned to the clinic to focus on surgery. Since 1997, Dr. Docton has served as the primary surgeon for the Iams Company’s Animal Care Center, the Waynesville Veterinary Hospital, Springfield Animal Hospital and the three Animal Care Centers of Cincinnati.

Martin P. Hines, DVM 1946

Dr. Martin P. Hines, of Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1946. He then attended Harvard University and received a Master of Public Health degree in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and holds the rank of U.S. Army Reserve Colonel (ret.). Following graduation he worked as an assistant professor of bacteriology at the University of Georgia. In 1951 Dr. Hines was named head of the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health & Human Services of North Carolina, and was later named state epidemiologist and director. Dr. Hines has held numerous offices including president of the North Carolina Public Health Association, president National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, and president of the North Carolina Academy of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Public Health. A recipient of many honors and awards, Dr. Hines was named “Veterinarian of the Year” of the N. Carolina VMA, the Department of the Army “A” prefix award given by the Office of the Army Surgeon General; the Ohio State Distinguished Alumnus Award; the N.C. Academy of Public Health Outstanding Service Award; and the Governor’s Award for Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Hines published the book Disease Hunter.

W. Michael Hockman, DVM 1966

Dr. Michael Hockman, of Columbus, Ohio, is a 1966 graduate of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, and received a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Public Health in 1974. Following graduation, Dr. Hockman began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Inspection Service, where he held many progressively responsible positions within the agency. With the USDA, he became a field epidemiology officer and a veterinary recruiter. His career includes over 30 years with the Federal Food Safety Inspection Service and currently is chief of the Division of Meat Inspection with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition to his work with the USDA and ODA, Dr. Hockman served for many years as an instructor at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine presenting numerous lectures on food safety to animal science and veterinary students. Additionally, he emphasized the important role of veterinarians employed in food safety. He also served for several years as a judge of the Ohio State Science Fair. Dr. Hockman is treasurer of the Central Ohio VMA and past president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

Stephen M. Reed, DVM 1976

Dr. Stephen M. Reed, of Lexington, Kentucky, is a 1976 graduate of the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following an internship and residency at Michigan State University, he joined the faculty at Ohio State, rising through the ranks to professor in 1994. In addition to being named the Jenne Professor in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Reed served the college as section head, development director, and chair of the Equine Research Committee. Dr. Reed received the Award for Distinguished University Service and the Ohio State Distinguished Alumnus Award. A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Reed is recognized as an expert in equine neurology, in particular the wobbler syndrome, equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma and neurologic examination. He is the editor of Equine Internal Medicine and co-editor of Equine Neurology. In 2007, Dr. Reed retired from Ohio State and was named an emeritus professor. He then began work as an equine specialist and shareholder at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Alumni Teaching Awards

John Lyman, Jr., Award for Clinical Teaching Excellence: 

Dr. Susan Barrett, assistant professor - clinical; service head, Community Practice, Hospital for Companion Animals

This award was established by Ronald Lyman, DVM 1977, of Fort Pierce, Fla., in honor of his father, John Lyman, Jr., DVM ’50. The Lyman Award is presented to a faculty member in the Veterinary Medical Center in recognition of sustained excellence in providing a student-centered environment for clinical education exemplifying compassion, innovation, enthusiasm and ethics in veterinary medicine. Each year, the graduating class votes on the award during the college’s Oath and Hooding Ceremony.

Fox Family Teaching Excellence Award in honor of Dr. Charles Fox

Dr. Andrew Niehaus, assistant professor - clinical; service head, Hospital for Farm Animals

This award was established by Dr. Charles W. Fox, DVM ’39, of Elyria, Ohio, in honor of his family and three generations of veterinarians. Dr. Fox was proud of the education he received from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and it was his desire to “give back” to the college that gave him and his family so much. The award is based on superior ratings derived from course evaluation forms and is selected by a committee composed of previous awardees or distinguished teaching award winners from within the college. The first Fox Award was presented in 2008.