2011 Veterinary Awards

Outstanding Faculty-Dr. Sandra Godden

Dr. Sandra Godden is an excellent example of success in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s trifold mission of teaching, research, and service with her research and teaching of DVM students and practitioners. She has gained recognition for her work around baby calf physiology and husbandry as it relates to colostrom transfer and colostrom and milk pasteurization.


Outstanding Industry-Dr. Steve Stewart

Dr. Stewart is an executive with Valley Ag Software.  He was formerly with the University of Minnesota.  He has been teaching and training veterinarians on critical thinking and the use of dairy records for decision-making. 


Veterinary Service Award=David Perry

Dave has served 13 years as CEO of the Veterinary Hospitals Association where he retired from last fall.

He has served on the MVMF board for 5 years and is its current vice president.  Other activities include involvement with Junior Achievement, he is active in the River Heights Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for Castaway’s Marina, and River Heights Chamber. He also belongs to ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and MSAE (Midwest Society of Association Executives).


Distinguished Service Award-Dr. Meg Glattly

Dr. Glattly was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has served on the board for 12 years.  She has served on the board’s complaint committee and is a liaison to the Health Professional Service Program for the state.  She is also active in the AAVSB including serving on its board and executive committee.  She is also served as the AAVSB’s designee to the NBVME (National Bd. of Vet. Medical Examiners) including as its chair in 2007.  She has been a strong supporter of veterinary licensing board interests as well as interests of veterinarians and the public.


President’s Award-Dr. Bill Hartmann and the Board of Animal Health

Dr. Hartmann and the Board of Animal Health have been instrumental in helping develop national policy on managing H1N1 in swine populations that has since been adopted as policy of the USDA, as well as providing vital leadership during the recent H1N1 outbreak a few years ago in this state.  Probably most notable is Dr. Hartmann’s and the Board’s management and leadership through the Bovine Tuberculosis outbreak in Minnesota.  After several years of working with affected bovine herds in this state, just this last fall the Board was successful in gaining Bovine TB free status from the USDA.  Dr. Hartmann is an outstanding representative and advocate for the veterinary profession through his frequent speaking engagements throughout the state and nationally as Minnesota’s state veterinarian.


Veterinarian of the Year Award-Dr. John Howe

Dr. John Howe was awarded the 2011 MVMA Veterinarian of the Year.  His contributions to the field of veterinary medicine have enriched the lives of his patients, his peers, and the members of his community. 

Dr. John Howe has an enthusiasm for practice and for veterinary medicine that is truly contagious. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Howe started a mixed animal practice in North Branch Minnesota. In 1984, after seven years of solo practice and working the Rush City Sales Barn, he sold the practice and moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There he started the North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center. As the practice grew, it evolved into the North Country Veterinary Clinic, a four doctor mixed animal practice which sees large and small animals, birds, and exotics.

Dr. Howe’s professional affiliations include: The AVMA where he currently serves as the vice chair of the Council on Veterinary Services, and as vice chair of the AVMA Governance Performance Review Committee.  Most recently,  Dr. Howe was recently selected to serve on the AVMA Executive Board for District 7 with his term starting this summer.  With the MVMA, he has served as president in 2007 and is currently an active member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Chairman of the MN Aquatic Livestock Committee, past member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp Committee, and past chair of the MVMA Executive Board Nominations Committee; Regionally he has served as the Arrowhead VMA as past secretary, treasurer, and president; He is also a member of the AVMA, AAEP, MAEP, and AAHA. He served two Governor-appointed terms on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health between 1992 and 1999, serving as president of the Board in 1999. Dr. Howe is a certified fish health inspector for the state of Minnesota, and belongs to the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association.

Dr. Howe is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He is extensively involved with the teen ministry at his local church, where he also serves as a deacon. He has been affiliated with the Department of Natural Resources Bow Hunters, where he was a safety education instructor and an archery instructor for the Cub Scouts. He has also served as a Board Chairman for the Minnesota Shooting Sports Education Center, which is a training center for the US Biathlon, and Junior Olympic Shooters.

Dr. Howe, his wife, Diane, and their children raised and showed Appaloosa horses. John’s hobbies include fishing, hunting, shooting sports competitions, boating, snowmobiling and ATV riding. John and Diane have three children and five grandchildren.

Congratulations to Dr. Howe for this award as well as being selected to serve on the AVMA Executive Board for the 7th District.