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(February 1, 2023) – Over 500 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice staff and veterinary students attended the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s 131st Annual Convention on January 26-29, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. The convention offered over 60 continuing education lectures to participants.

Newly installed officers include:

Matt Silvius, DVM – President, Riverside, Mo.
Kacie Ulhorn, DVM – President-Elect, Hermann, Mo.
David Wilson, DVM – Vice-President, Columbia, Mo.
Shelia Taylor, DVM – Secretary/Treasurer, Springfield, Mo.
Edward Migneco, DVM – Board Chair, St. Louis, Mo.
Julie Braun, Jefferson City, Mo., serves as Executive Director

Awards included:

Carol Ryan, DVM, practitioner at Troy/Wentzville Veterinary Clinics, Wentzville, Mo was honored as the recipient of the coveted 2023 Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Robert Hertzog, presented the award to Dr. Ryan at the ceremony.

Ryan is a 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as a mixed animal practitioner at the Troy & Wentzville Veterinarian Clinics since graduation. She was raised on a registered Angus and swine farm and is still involved in the production of beef at the family’s Centralia farm.

She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and the GSLVMA. Dr. Ryan has been president of the MVMA and its Academy, AAVSB Race program screener and a co-chairman of the Missouri State Medical Board. She is an AVMA alternate delegate and attends many nationwide meetings focusing on AVMA advocacy and leadership training. She currently serves on AVMA’s Committee of Scientific Activities, is a member of Sacred Heart Church, the St. Charles Cattlemen’s and Pork Producers, is a 4-H club leader and a 4-H livestock advisor.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year award is the premiere recognition bestowed by the association. The award winner is determined annually by the MVMA Board members, who represent nearly 1,900 veterinary members of the MVMA in Missouri. The recipient of this highest honor is chosen based on their impeccable reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable veterinarian, their dedication and service to their patients and clients, their service as an integral participant in their community, the engagement and leadership in organized veterinary medicine, their mentorship to our future veterinarians, the admiration and respect held for them among their peers, and the positive impact they have had on the lives they have touched.

The MVMA’s annual President’s Award is given to individuals who were instrumental to the President’s efforts to advance the veterinary profession for the betterment of animal health in the state.

Dr. Edward Migneco, MVMA past president, presented this year’s award to Marcy Hammerle, DVM St. Charles, Mo. and Mark Lux, DVM, St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Hammerle is a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the owner of The Pet Doctor, an AAHA accredited, three doctor small animal practice in O’Fallon, MO. She is a past-president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Lux is a 1982 graduate of the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced in the Spanish Lake and the South County areas until opening Mackenzie Pointe Animal Hospital in September of 1991. He is past-president of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association (GSLVMA), and past delegate to the Missouri Veterinary Medical .

Steve Strubberg, DVM, Hermann, Mo. received the Robert E. Hertzog Veterinary Leadership Award. The award is presented for outstanding vision, leadership and personal sacrifice for the betterment of the veterinary profession in Missouri.

Dr. Strubberg received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1989 from the University of Missouri. Following graduation, he assumed ownership and operated Hermann Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Hermann, Missouri, for nearly 30 years. He was named the State Veterinarian of Missouri in April 2019.

Sadina Scott, DVM, Shawnee, KS., received the MVMA’s Ortu Stella Award. The award for early career leadership was presented to Dr. Scott by Dr. Christi Belew.

The Ortu Stella recipient must in some way shine brightly, aid comrades in navigating the veterinary profession, assist in illuminating the path for those around them, and/or demonstrate that they habitually strive to rise to the occasion.

Dr. Scott is owner/practitioner at Family Pet Hospital of Shawnee. Dr. Scott is currently serving as the elected Vice President of the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, the immediate past President of the Kansas City Chapter of Be The Change Volunteers, serves on the Veterinary Advisory Board for Companion Protect and is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She serves on the Legislative Committee for the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and is a graduate of the MVMA’s Power of Ten Leadership Program.

The MVMA 2023 Legislative Leadership Award was presented to Senator Justin Brown, Rolla, Mo. The award is in recognition for legislative leadership consistent with the MVMA mission; the protection of animal health and welfare; the relief of animal suffering; the conservation of animal resources; and the advancement of public health.

Senator Brown was elected in 2018 to represent Missouri’s 16th Senatorial District. He currently farms more than 2,200 acres, primarily raising corn and soybeans. He also maintains a cow-calf operation on the family farm.

Shelia Taylor, DVM, Springfield, Mo., received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF). Dr. Edward Migneco presented the award to Dr. Taylor.

Brandon Thornberry, DVM, Kirkwood, Mo., received the MVMA Academy Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented to Dr. Thornberry by Dr. Betsy Marziani, president of the MVMA Academy.

Dr. Thornberry is a practitioner at Carevet located in Kirkwood, Mo. He graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. He has experience in both small-animal general practice and emergency services.

MVMA Academy Distinguished Service Award recipients are individuals who have rendered meritorious service to promoting and advancing continuing education in the veterinary profession.

2023 MVMA Academy officers include:
Todd Taylor, DVM – President, Parkville, Mo.
Jessica Gardner, DVM – Vice President, Kearney, Mo.

2023 Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation officers include:
Philip R. Brown, DVM – Co-Chair, Springfield, Mo.
Scott Fray, DVM – Co-Chair, Boonville, Mo.
Marcy Hammerle, Vice-chair, St. Charles, Mo
George Buckaloo, DVM – Secretary/Treasurer, Lake Tapawingo, Mo.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association is the society for veterinarians in the state, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for professionalism and ethics in animal healthcare in Missouri. The association was founded to help the veterinarian better serve the health and welfare of animals and their owners.


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(From left:) Mrs. Julie Braun, MVMA Executive Director with newly installed MVMA officers: Dr. Edward Migneco, board chair, St. Louis, Mo.; Dr. Shelia Taylor, secretary-treasurer, Springfield, Mo; Dr. David Wilson, Columbia, Mo., vice-president; Dr. Kacie Ulhorn, Hermann, Mo., president-elect; and Dr. Matt Silvius, president, Riverside, Mo. The officers were congratulated by Dr. Jose Arce, AVMA president-elect (far right).

The MVMA President’s Award was presented to Dr. Marcy Hammerle (right), St. Charles, Mo., and Dr. Mark Lux, St. Louis, Mo. at ceremonies held January 28th. Dr. Edward Migneco (left), presented the award. Dr. Lux was not present at the ceremony.

The MVMA’s 2023 Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Carol Ryan (left), Wentzville, Mo. at ceremonies held January 28th. Dr. Robert Hertzog (right) presented the award to Dr. Ryan.