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Reference Desk October 2012

Harold Davis, Jr., and Dr. Douglass K. Macintire Recognized at IVECCS 2012

    Harold Davis, Jr., Presented With VECCS Distinguished Service Award

    Harold Davis

    The VECCS Distinguished Service Award is named for Dr. Ira M. Zaslow, one of the founding members of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). Mr. Harold Davis, Jr., BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, Anesth), critical care nursing specialist, teacher, international lecturer, mentor, and author, received this much-deserved prestigious award at this year’s International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS). Harold is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento (BA, Biology), and started his career in emergency medicine and critical care (EM/CC) shortly after receiving his RVT certification in 1978. He has served 16 years on the VECCS Board of Directors from 1996 through 2012, holding several offices, including that of president (2008-2010). He is the first and only technician to be elected VECCS President. Harold also served on the editorial board of Veterinary Technician for many years.

    Harold was the cofounder of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT) and is also a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists (AVTA). Harold has received many awards for his lecture presentations and has been recognized as the California Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Animal Health Technician of the Year. He recently coauthored a critical care nursing book, Monitoring of the Critical Care Patient, which was published in June 2012. We at Vetlearn congratulate Harold on his latest achievements and his significant contributions to the field of veterinary medicine.

    Special Dedication of IVECCS 2012 To Dr. Dougie Macintire

    Dougie Macintire

    The 18th IVECCS was dedicated to Dr. Dougie Macintire, our cherished friend and colleague who passed away December 27, 2011, after a long bout with cancer. Dr. Macintire spoke first at IVECCS in 1992 and was a frequent and favorite presenter through 2009. Dougie served as VECCS President from 1996-1998 and on the Board of Directors for 8 years, helping guide VECCS through unprecedented growth while herself becoming an internationally recognized EM/CC specialist. Dougie started her career in EM/CC at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and distinguished herself when she became the first individual to pass the ACVECC certification exam in 1990.  She developed the EM/CC program at Auburn University, where she became full professor and taught until her death in December. Dr. Macintire was recognized with the Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for her leadership and her extraordinary contributions through teaching, training, and professional commitment. She also received the ACVECC Scientific Achievement Award for Infectious Disease in 2007.


    Dougie’s numerous recorded achievements demonstrate her passion and dedication to emergency and critical care medicine. Yet she remained a champion of  general practitioner continuing education through her 14 years of service as both the small animal editor and, subsequently, editor in chief of Compendium.  Dougie’s passing leaves a void, but at the same time, she left an indelible mark and positive influence on the lives of thousands of readers, colleagues, students, family members, and friends.  We celebrate this posthumous dedication with thanks for her professional and personal contributions to the advancement of knowledge and skill in veterinary medicine.

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