Allen W Hahn Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Informatics Award

Recipients

Dr. Wilcke (2020)

Jeff R. Wilcke, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM

The Association for Veterinary Informatics congratulates Dr. Jeff R. Wilcke on receiving the 2020 Allen W Hahn Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Informatics Award. We were pleased to be able to present Dr. Wilcke with this award, with outstanding help from Virginia Tech, at the annual Talbot Veterinary Informatics Symposium held virtually, on August 28, 2020. 


Dr. Wilcke with the 2020 Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Green, Al Hahn Award Committee member and frequent Talbot Symposium speaker, presenting Dr. Wilcke with the Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics at a socially-distant award presentation at VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine.


Dr. Wilcke amongst many friends and colleagues at the 2020 Virtual Talbot Veterinary Informatics Symposium. From left to right: Rachael Kreisler (AVI President), Pamela Okerholm (AVI Secretary), Dennis Ballance (AVI Treasurer), Julie Green (Al Hahn Award Committee), Sonnya Dennis (Al Hahn Award Committee Chair), Michael Martin, Virginia Rentko (speaker), Craig Carter (2019 inaugural Al Hahn Award recipient), Jeff R. Wilcke  (2020 Al Hahn Award Recipient), Jonathan Lustgarten (AVI President), Manlik Kwong (speaker), Virginia Faijt, Nathan Bollig (speaker), Wayde Shipman (AVI President-Elect), Jennifer Davis, Devin Johnson (AVI Education Committee Chair).


Press Release

Association for Veterinary Informatics Announces Dr. Jeff Wilcke as the Recipient of the 2020 Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics

Dr. Wilcke has been named the recipient of the 2020 Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics, honoring individuals who have dedicated their career to being a leader, educator, innovator in the field of veterinary informatics.

When Dr. Wilcke started his veterinary career, he could never have anticipated the twists and turns that led him to a career in informatics. As a senior veterinary student with a strong interest in pharmacology, Dr. Wilcke realized early on that there simply was not enough information available from patient studies to make good clinical decisions based on evidence.  This led to his residency in the newly emerging field of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology where he expected to do (and did) clinical, patient-based research. He joined the faculty at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 where he would spend the rest of his career.  While teaching and supporting students and research at VMVCM, he continued to support the growth and development of the new American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP). A decade later, the tragic loss of his colleague and friend, Dick Talbot, the founding dean of VMCVM, brought him to another newly emerging field: veterinary informatics. When Dr. Wilcke inherited the position of Director of Information Resources and head of the Drug Information Lab, he had no idea where this field was headed or that it would be the place where he could make the most impact on achieving better patient data.  Under his leadership, the Drug Information Lab transitioned the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Greenbook from a printed publication to an interactive online database, creating the website that would eventually become Drugs@FDA. As the AVMA Secretariat to SNOMED International, member of the SNOMED Editorial Board, and eventually Chairman of the Organisms and Infectious Disease Committee at SNOMED, Dr. Wilcke not only made a place for veterinary medicine within the SNOMED world, but contributed considerably to the early development of SNOMED. One example of this is his groundbreaking collaborative paper with Art Smith that laid the foundation for the SNOMED compositional grammar. Dr. Wilcke has been a stalwart supporter of the use of informatics in all aspects of veterinary medicine. His efforts grew the Informatics program at VMCVM from the narrowly focused Drug Information Lab to the Veterinary Terminology Services lab that maintains the official Veterinary Extension of SNOMED CT supporting the USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network and  providing terminology support for companion animal and equine health records via the AAHA Problem and Diagnosis Terms, the Small Animal Specialty Problem and Diagnosis Terms and the AAEP Problem and Diagnosis Terms. Dr. Wilcke is highly published in both pharmacology and informatics, lecturing at the local, state, national and international levels. His influence on the growth of the veterinary informatics field is undeniable, and his tenacity for keeping veterinary medicine “at the table” of developing standards over the years has brought us to a place where we can begin to realize some of the goals of interconnectivity in veterinary medicine that are offered by the informatics field.  

The Association for Veterinary Informatics (AVI – www.avinformatics.org) awarded Dr. Craig Carter the inaugural award at the 2019 Talbot Symposium at Fetch DVM360 in Kansas City (https://www.fetchdvm360.com/fetch-dvm360-veterinary-conference-kansas-city/).

The Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics is the only informatics award dedicated to those who have chosen to apply their knowledge to the veterinary field.  The award is named after the pioneer Dr. Allen W. Hahn who represented these ideals and has been inspirational to so many. Those nominated must be supported by those in veterinary medicine as an innovator, leader, educator, and they must have been inspirational to others. These individuals do not need to have retired from the field to be nominated.  Once nominated, they are reviewed by a committee following a publicly available rubric. 

For more information on the Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics, please visit https://avinformatics.org/Hahn-Award.  Applications for the 2021 awards will open in the fall of 2020.


ABOUT AVI

The Association for Veterinary Informatics (AVI - www.avinformatics.org) is interdisciplinary 501(c)(3) organization focused on biomedical informatics research, design, implementation, education and advocacy within the domain of veterinary medicine. AVI was founded by a group of about 20 veterinarians, meeting in St. Louis for the 1981 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention, AVI operated under the name American Veterinary Computer Society (AVCS) until 1995. In 1998, AVI started the Talbot Informatics Symposium, in memory of Dr. Richard Talbot, a pioneer in veterinary informatics. AVI has grown to over 200 members across 17 countries who work with, advocate for, or work in the field of veterinary informatics.



Dr. Carter (2019)

Craig Carter, DVM, Ph.D, Dipl. ACVPM

The Association for Veterinary Informatics congratulates Dr. Craig Carter on receiving the inaugural Allen W Hahn Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Informatics Award. We were pleased to be able to present Dr. Carter with this award at the annual Talbot Veterinary Informatics Symposium at Fetch dvm360 Kansas City, on August 28, 2019. 

From left to right: Duane Steward (Chair, Al Hahn Award Committee), Dennis Ballance (AVI Treasurer), Julie Green (Al Hahn Award Committee), Eli Larson (AVI Education Chair), Rachael Kreisler (AVI President-Elect), Wayde Shipman (Hahn Award Committee), Craig Carter (2019 inaugural Hahn Award recipient), Jonathan Lustgarten (AVI President), Kerri Marshall (Interoperability Task Force Co-Chair), Michael Martin (member and speaker), Sonnya Dennis (AVI Immediate Past President), Pamela Okerholm (AVI Secretary)

Dr. Lustgarten, AVI President, presenting Dr. Carter with the Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics at the Talbot Veterinary Informatics Symposium at the 2019 Fetch dvm360 Kansas City conference.

Press Release

Dr. Craig Carter Receives Inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award

The Association for Veterinary Informatics announced Dr. Craig Carter as the winner of the inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics


Kansas City, MO – 8/24/2019 – Dr. Craig Carter has been named the winner of the inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics, honoring individuals who have dedicated their careers to being a leader, educator, and innovator in the field of veterinary informatics. The Association for Veterinary Informatics (AVI) presented the award to Dr. Carter at the 2019 Talbot Symposium at Fetch DVM360 in Kansas City (https://www.fetchdvm360.com/fetch-dvm360-veterinary-conference-kansas-city/).

Dr. Carter’s career started in technology before ever setting foot in veterinary school. He is a retired full colonel from the United States Air Force (USAF) where he worked on large scale main-frame systems.  He was deployed to Vietnam 1968 to 1969, where he was awarded several medals and a commendation. He worked as a reserve officer in the USAF until 1991 and then as a US Army Reserve Officer from 1997 to 2009.  After the Vietnam war, Dr. Carter received his Bachelor, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Master’s in Epidemiology, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Public Health from Texas A&M University. He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Academies of Practice. During his years of employment, he has been a leader in more than eight organizations serving as president in four of them, including the American Veterinary Computer Society, which would become the AVI. He has published over 70 papers and chapters, over 120 presentations, and led more than 15 committees for master’s and doctoral theses for students. 

The Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics is the only informatics award dedicated to those who have chosen to apply their knowledge to the veterinary field.  The award is named after pioneer Dr. Allen W. Hahn who represented these ideals and has been an inspiration to many. Those nominated must be supported by those in veterinary medicine as an innovator, leader, educator, and they must have been inspirational to others. These individuals do not need to have retired from the field to be nominated.  Once nominated, they are reviewed by a committee following a publicly-available rubric. 

More information on the Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics can be found at https://avinformatics.org/Hahn-Award.


ABOUT AVI

The Association for Veterinary Informatics (www.avinformatics.org) is an interdisciplinary 501(c)(3) organization focused on biomedical informatics research, design, implementation, education and advocacy within the domain of veterinary medicine. AVI was founded by a group of about 20 veterinarians, meeting in St. Louis for the 1981 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention, AVI operated under the name American Veterinary Computer Society (AVCS) until 1995. In 1998, AVI started the Talbot Informatics Symposium, in memory of Dr. Richard Talbot, a pioneer in veterinary informatics. AVI has grown to over 200 members across 17 countries who work with, advocate for, or work in the field of veterinary informatics. See http://avinformatics.org for more information and how to become a member.




Dr. Allen W. Hahn


Dr. Hahn with his IT staff


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