- Ada, Oklahoma

February 24, 2012

Ada man named state Veterinarian of theYear

The Ada News

Oklahoma City —  

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association announced its 2012 Awards recipients at the 97th Annual Convention in Oklahoma City. Calvin White, DVM, Ada, was named the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. White received his DVM in 1977 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. White did his preceptorship in Coalgate and returned to Coalgate after graduation. In 1981 he moved to Ada where he purchased interest in the Ada Veterinary Clinic. He has been a mixed animal practitioner from the beginning of his career.

White’s commitment to education began early in his career when, as a young veterinarian, he served on the Coalgate School Board.  White continues to contribute to the education of young veterinarians and veterinary technicians by serving as a preceptor veterinarian for both at his clinic.

White has served on the Advisory Board for the Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program, as a Mentor for the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and as a mentor for students attending the Oklahoma School of Math and Science. Local 4-H and FFA programs have benefited from Dr. White’s strong support of education and young people; he has provided programs at numerous Career Days for schools in the Ada area; has been a 4-H and FFA volunteer and 4-H Horse Club Leader, and he holds an Honorary State FFA Degree. He is the originator and Chairperson of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Youth Scholarship Fund. White recognizes that funding is a perpetual concern for both public schools and higher education and is a strong financial supporter of not only his alma mater, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a Centennial Club Member, but also of Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

White has been active in both the Oklahoma and the American Quarter Horse Association; he is a Director and Past President of the OQHA and a National Director for AQHA as well as serving on the AQHA Public Policy Committee.

In his community Dr. White is Past President of the Pontotoc County Cattlemen’s Association, has served on the Ada Chamber of Commerce, and as an advisor to the Pontotoc County Animal Shelter. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Marketing and Tourism for Pontotoc County.

The veterinary profession in Oklahoma has been the beneficiary of White’s belief that all members should serve the veterinary profession in some capacity. He has served as Southeast District Alternate Director and as chair of the OVMA Legislative Committee; he served as President of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. He has served on the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation (OVMF) Board of Trustees and as OVMF Vice-President, and continues to support the OVMF Golf Tournament by bringing in sponsorships each year. He was instrumental in fundraising efforts for the OVMA veterinary display at the Oklahoma History Center. During White’s tenure as President and Executive Committee member, OVMA has encountered some of its most challenging issues. White’s leadership, his willingness to listen to every point of view and ability to find common ground among individuals with very diverse opinions helped to not only bring veterinarians together but also to help OVMA begin to develop partnerships with other animal and agriculture related groups in the State.

Also honored at the Awards Luncheon were Sybil Heise, DVM, Guymon, Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year; Dustin Brown, DVM, Midwest City, Young Veterinarian of the Year; Scott Mason, DVM, Oklahoma City, Distinguished Service Award; Dianna Martinez, RVT, Edmond, Technician of the Year; and Billie Floyd, Ada, President’s Award.