Each year, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association presents the Dr. A. Wayne Mountan Memorial Media Award to the news media of Pennsylvania for excellence in communicating veterinary medical contributions to animal and public health to the public. THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS: Dr Lee Pickett!!!!
Lee Pickett, VMD, has written the weekly newspaper column “Ask the Vet’s Pets” for 10 years to educate animal lovers and encourage them to visit their veterinarians regularly. Joining her are pets Daisy Dog and Christopher Cat, along with occasional ferret, rabbit and other guest columnists. Dr. Pickett, the medical director of Bernville Veterinary Clinic, practices companion animal medicine and acupuncture, and she writes magazine articles on pet health care.
She developed and taught a community college course on Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners, co-founded PetNet to provide foster care for animals affected by domestic violence, and served on the boards of directors of the Humane Society of Berks County and Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue.
Dr. Pickett is the recipient of many awards, including the Maxwell Medal from the Dog Writers Association of America and the University of Pennsylvania Mikus Prize for proficiency in veterinary medicine and upholding the principles of veterinary medical ethics. She graduated from Hartwick College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. A. Wayne Mountan was a 1951 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Following his graduation, he practiced both large and small animal medicine in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. For more than two decades, Dr. Mountan was actively involved in organized veterinary medicine. One of the most respected veterinary practitioners in Pennsylvania during his lifetime, Dr. Mountan was Chair of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Public Relations Committee for several years and firmly believed that good relations with the media are essential to public understanding of the care and treatment of all animals.
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