"T. Murt Byrne, DVM has been elected as the president of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association"
Santa Fe New Mexico, November 21, 2011 ‐ T. Murt Byrne, DVM has been elected as the president of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association (NMVMA). Byrne is a 1988 graduate of Colorado State University. He is the current chairman of the NMVMA Legislative Committee, and previously served as Treasurer of the NMVMA. He was honored as Veterinarian of the Year in 2008 and he is the owner of Eldorado Animal Clinic in Santa Fe.
Other officers of the NMVMA that were recently installed include Manuel Garcia, DVM of Farmington, who was elected as president-elect, and Bonnie Snyder, DVM, PhD, of Edgewood, who will serve as treasurer.
Emily Walker, DVM has been named, by the NMVMA, as the 2011 Veterinarian of the Year. Walker is a 1999 veterinary graduate of Oklahoma State University. She serves as the central director on the NMVMA Executive Board, is currently on the NMVMA Legislative Committee and is a board member of Animal Humane of New Mexico. Walker is the owner of Albuquerque Cat Clinic.
Steve Derwelis, DVM of Albuquerque was honored by the NMVMA with the Distinguished Service Award. He is a 1966 graduate of the University of Illinois and co-founder of the New Mexico Academy of Veterinary Practice, which provided continuing education to New Mexico veterinarians. Derwelis is the former director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He recently sold his practice, New Mexico Equine, but continues to work there part-time.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Frankee Eliot, DVM of Albuquerque, NM. She is a 1956 Colorado State University graduate and became the first female New Mexico veterinary licensee that same year. Eliot served as the executive secretary for the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine (NMBOVM) from 1977 to 1981. She held the position of chief investigator for the NMBOVM since 1997, before retiring in 2011.
Other awards presented by the NMVMA were the Humanitarian Lay Award given to Joseph Bareta and Mary Shepherd of Los Alamos, who dedicate their time to caring for stray and homeless dogs and cats. “Whiskey”, owned by Tina Parks of Truth or Consequences, was inducted into the Pet Hall of Fame. “Whiskey” has the ability to sense when his owner has low blood sugar thus alerting her to take medication.