It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Bob Carson. Dr. Carson passed away this Saturday after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Carson retired last year after working at the AUCVM for over 35 years. He was a great supporter of OTS including working as auctioneer at the annual conference. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Auburn United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Gold Hill United Methodist Church
C/O Joel and Jennie Hill
2240 County Road 20
Waverly, AL 36879
Kendall grew up in Lexington, KY, where she cultivated a life-long love of plants, animals, and all living things. She attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate education, where she studied agricultural biotechnology and was very involved with the pre-veterinary program. She worked for three years at a small animal practice in Lexington, as well as shadowing at a variety of large and small practices. She has participated in three Vida veterinary service trips to central America, coordinating two of them, in which pets of under-privileged families were spayed/neutered and provided with basic medical care.
After graduation, Kendall plans to go into small animal practice, and is seriously interested in completing an internship. She has special interest in internal medicine, oncology, and emergency and critical care, and is considering a residency as well. She also plans to continue her passion volunteering and working to lessen the pet overpopulation problem. During her free time, Kendall enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband and standard poodles.
Kendall’s CPC presentation was entitled, “Elise’s Splenic Catastrophe,” and detailed a case of a splenic mass in an anemic cat. Her adviser was Dr. Allison Biddick, a resident with the Emergency and Critical Care Service.
Congratulations to Dr. Bob Kennis, Omicron Chapter ’89 (Michigan State), for winning the AUCVM SGA Outstanding Teacher Award! Dr. Kennis is one of our Zeta Chapter advisors, and a well-loved teacher and mentor. He is present at all our meetings and always gives us encouragement and support. He also is heavily involved in helping us plan and execute DogPatch, our annual continuing education event (which is coming up on October 10, 2015). Dr. Kennis is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He is a clinician at the Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, as well as course coordinator for freshman Physical Diagnosis and the 3rd year Dermatology class. He also lectures in Immunology and several other courses at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The SGA Outstanding Teacher Award is presented every year to an outstanding teacher on evaluation and selection by the student body in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kennis will also be recognized at a banquet in April hosted by the Student Government Association to recognize an outstanding teacher from each college at Auburn University. We cannot think of a more outstanding teacher than Dr. Kennis!
Jessica attended Georgia Southern University where she obtained a B.S. in Biology and also completed her MPH coursework in Epidemiology. She is dedicated to working with exotic animals and wildlife, having served as the coordinator of the turtle rehabilitation program, co-founder and co-president of the Zoo, Exotic, and Wildlife Club, and is an avid volunteer for the Southeastern Raptor Center.
She plans to become a fish vet, or rather an aquatic animal veterinarian. During her spare time, Jessica is becoming certified as a SCUBA instructor. She is very excited about the upcoming clinical year with externship and preceptorship offers from Mystic Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Sea World Orlando, Sea World San Diego, and Shedd Aquarium. Her hope is to become an aquatic animal veterinarian and is currently seeking a specialty internship and then residency following graduation.
Ms. Jessica Allen delivered a presentation entitled, “Owl’s Well That Ends Well…An Oral Mass in a Barred Owl (Strix varia).” She was advised by Dr. Jamie Bellah of the Department of Clinical Sciences (Small Animal Surgery).
This semester as an OTS Fundraiser, we held a Trivia Crack Trivia Night that included a $100 prize for the trivia winner. One member even made a Trivia Crack Trivia Night cupcake design. Questions ranged from the largest eye in the animal kingdom to which way an American Carousel turns, so participants really had to wrack their brains for answers. After a competitive three rounds, our winning group was “In Dog Beers We’ve Only Had One”, and they walked away with the $100 cash prize. Total, the event raised $280 and after the prize, OTS was left with $180 raised. This $180 will be used in many ways such as putting a donation basket together for MCHS, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Walk in October, and general funding for the club.
We are sorry to report that Dr. Bob Carson ’73, has been diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. His family is keeping everyone up to date with a caring bridge website, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dr.bobcarson. Dr. Carson retired from AUCVM earlier this year after over 35 years working for the college. He is also a great supporter of the Zeta Chapter serving as our auctioneer for Annual Conference for many years! Our thoughts and prayer are with Dr. Carson and his family.
This year, instead of our annual flower sale, February 12th and 13th we sold candy grams at AUCVM to raise money for The Heart Foundation! The candy grams with funny Valentine’s cards attached were a big hit with the students, and we raised a total of $152.85!