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2014 Alumni Recognition Award recipients named

The Alumni Recognition Awards are given annually to select college alumni who have "contributed to the enhancement of the veterinary medical profession through service to the college, dedication to organized veterinary medicine or the advancement of scientific knowledge or through the contribution of their time and effort for the development of their community and the public welfare" as stated by Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, which the nominees have to be a member of in order to be considered.

The winners are chosen by the selection committee that comprises the president-elect (chair) of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, three Alumni Society Board of Trustees members-at-large and one alumnus/alumna from the college faculty. Four winners were chosen for 2014, and include:

  • Dr. J. Michael Cornwell, DVM ‘69

  • Dr. J. Michael CornwellDr. J. Michael Cornwell, currently of Beaufort South
    Carolina, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969.
    He was nominated for the Alumni Recognition Award for his professionalism and
    dedication while in private practice, for teaching in academia and his community
    outreach services.

    Cornwell founded the Glencoe Animal Hospital in Columbus
    in 1976, which was sold in 2001. He still provides advice and some training to
    the hospital’s employees. For many years Dr. Cornwell served as an adjunct
    assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at the Ohio State College
    of Veterinary Medicine, as well as on the adjunct faculty of Columbus State
    Community College and Manatee Community College, and a tenured faculty member
    of St. Petersburg College’s School of Veterinary Technology. Prior to
    practicing veterinary medicine in Columbus, Dr. Cornwell was Chief of
    Veterinary Services at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio and Bitburg Air Force
    Base in Germany.

    A significant highlight of Cornwell’s career was his
    development of “Animal Safety is Fun,” an animal bite prevention videotape program that
    he personally presented to schools and community groups. This program became an
    educational tool for libraries, schools and animal welfare groups and has been
    presented in all 50 states and six countries.  

  • Dr. John A. E. Hubbell, DVM ’77, MS, DACVAA

  • Dr. John A. E. HubbellDr. John A. E. Hubbell was nominated for the Alumni
    Recognition Award for his remarkable dedication to The Ohio State University College of
    Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary profession. Hubbell has served on
    the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1982 and is currently
    Professor and Interim Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Throughout his
    tenure at Ohio State, Dr. Hubbell has also served as director of the Veterinary
    Medical Teaching Hospital, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Section Head of
    Equine Medicine and Surgery, and twice as Interim Dean of the College of
    Veterinary Medicine.

    Hubbell has extensive teaching and research experience
    and is widely published, including numerous books and book chapters that he
    authored and edited. He has served on many crucial college and university
    committees, and has been a graduate student advisor. He is past president of
    the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and has served on a
    number of its committees.

    A recipient of several honors and awards, Hubbell was
    recently awarded the William L. Ingalls Award for Exceptional Service to the
    College of Veterinary Medicine, the American Association of Veterinary
    Clinician’s Faculty Achievement Award and was named the Ohio Veterinary
    Medical Association’s 2008 Veterinarian of the Year - a prestigious honor. 

  • Dr. Michael J. Huerkamp, DVM ’84, DACLAM

  • Dr. Michael J. HuerkampDr. Michael J. Huerkamp, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the Division of Animal Resources at Emory
    University, was nominated for the Alumni Recognition Award for his achievements
    as a veterinarian, scientist, educator and administrator. He completed post-graduate
    training at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine, and has held academic and
    administrative appointments since 1987.

    Huerkamp has extensive teaching, research and
    consultant experience and is widely published. He has lectured at numerous
    national and international conferences, and his recent research is focused
    on personnel and animal management. In 2009, Huerkamp was awarded the
    American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners' Excellence in Research Award.

    Beside his academic duties, Huerkamp continues to
    organize recycling events for his community and has received several awards for
    his work on Emory’s Sustainability Committee for recycling and composting
    campus waste.  Huerkamp's nominator
    described his selfless devotion to employees and acquaintances who are less
    fortunate and have suffered great loss.

  • Dr. Don L. Noah, DVM ‘66

  • Dr. Don L. Noah, DVM 66'Dr. Don L. Noah was
    nominated for the Alumni Recognition Award in recognition of his tireless work
    over many decades for the betterment of animals, people and our nation. Born on
    a dairy farm in southeastern Ohio, Noah was the first in his family to
    attend college. 

    Prior to enrolling in
    the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Noah completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio State’s College of Agriculture, from which he was named a "Distinguished
    Graduate." Following graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, Noah served for 27 years in the Ohio Air National Guard and retired as a
    Colonel in 1993.

    Beside serving in the Ohio Air National Guard, Noah was
    owner of Ark Veterinary Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, from 1966-92, and was
    president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association in 1990. He then became Deputy
    Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture for two years, and a relief
    veterinarian in Arizona from 1994-2007. Noah is currently a sales and
    training associate for Aesculight Surgical Lasers in Charlotte, N.C.

    Posted Nov. 3, 2014


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    Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:42pm