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2016 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Drs. Rose Raskin and Harold Tvedten

Dr. Rose Raskin received her DVM degree from Purdue University, and shortly after, completed a dual pathology residency and a PhD at Michigan State University. She taught at the University of Florida and served several roles in the ASVCP as President and Executive Board member for five years, and Section Editor for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Although she retired from Purdue University in 2014, she continues to work tirelessly, teaching at multiple institutions as well as working in diagnostic laboratories around the world.

All of us essentially work with her daily, as the textbook “Canine and Feline Cytology: A Color Atlas and Interpretation Guide,” now in its 3rd edition, which she co-authored, is ubiquitously found in most laboratories and private practices. Her influence, however, is not limited to this book. During the past 32 years, she has taught countless DVM students, practicing DVMs, residents, and clinical pathologists. She has also published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as 36 book chapters and counting, with special interests in cytology, cytochemistry, immunocytochemistry, exotic species, and bone marrow cytology and histopathology.

Rose’s untiring effort to always excel and push herself to continually be better, gently nudging others to do the same, always reaching out to promote her colleagues and inspire her students, are among the qualities that make Rose an exceptional veterinary clinical pathologist and, in addition to her many more tangible accomplishments, deserving of the ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award. We’re glad that Rose, Squirrel, didn’t really retire and that we all can continue to learn from her. Below are some words from supporters of her nomination:

Rose has participated more over recent years in helping trainees in Europe, by attending and presenting her work and invited talks at the ESVCP annual meetings, ECVP, and CLD Davis meeting amongst others. In the last few years, she’s been a locum clinical pathologist at University Veterinary Departments and in commercial laboratories here. She is always happy to share her wide experience and knowledge with all in these situations. In particular, she has become a mentor for many of our trainees in Europe. —Joy Archer VMD, MS, PhD, Dip. ECVCP, FRCPath, FRCVS

She has always been a keen supporter of initiatives coming from budding clinical pathologists. As example, five years ago I created the Veterinary Cytology Facebook page. Rose promptly and willingly volunteered to be an administrator for the page. Additionally, she has consistently been an active member, posting interesting clinical cases and frequently participating to ongoing online discussions…. Rose’s contribution to spread the knowledge of cytology all over the world through numerous scientific articles, seminars, and books has been of inestimable value for our discipline. —Francesco Cian DVM, Dip. ECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS

Rose has excelled in educating at manylevels of training. She has been highly devoted to the education of veterinarytechnicians, veterinarystudents, practicing DVMs, DVM residents, and graduate students.… It is no wonder that she is viewed as a great role model bystudents, because she not onlyteaches the discipline but becomes a part of students’ lives. —John A. Christian, DVM, PhD

She is highly regarded in veterinary medicine for her contribution to our knowledge of hematopoietic neoplasms, bone marrow evaluation, and cytochemical staining of blood cells.… Dr. Rose Raskin is truly one of the leaders in the field of veterinary clinical pathology, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for the prestigious 2016 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award. —John W. Harvey, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVP

The most significant way to leave a legacy is to share your knowledge with the next generation, and Rose is a model for how to do this at every level. —Joanne B. Messick, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVP

To distill the myriad things Rose has done for and continues to do for the specialty of veterinary clinical pathology is an impossible task. Simply put, she is the embodiment of what the Lifetime Achievement Award represents. It has truly been a lifetime of dedication, impossible amounts of hard work, volumes upon volumes of material produced, thousands of hours given to the teaching of veterinarians on multiple levels of learning, and her generous giving of her time and abilities as a leader in veterinary medicine. She has been a sterling role model, a great friend, and a mentor to myself and so many others. There can be no better qualified or more deserving individual than Rose E. Raskin for the ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award. —Craig A. Thompson, DVM, Dip. ACVP

Dr. Raskin has done an extraordinary work in the promotion of veterinary clinical pathology. —Cathy Trumel, DVM, PhD, HDR, Dip. ECVCP It is obvious to any clinical pathologist working with cytology what Rose Raskin has done to make our job easier. Her book “Canine and Feline Cytology. A Color Atlas and Interpretation Guide 3rd Edition” is used daily in our laboratory and certainly most other clinical pathology laboratories around the world.… Rose Raskin is well qualified to earn the ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award. All clinical pathologists have listened to her, read her book, chapters, articles, etc., and have enormous respect and love for her. —Harold Tvedten, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVP, Dip ECVCP

We are the lucky many: those pathologists who have had the privilege to have been Rose Raskin’s residents. We are lucky, because no matter how much she has accomplished in her life, she treats her residents as equals, from day one. Also when Rose commits to train you, it is not just for three years, it is for a lifetime. Whenever a former resident or a friend needs advice, she happily dispenses her expert opinion. From the first day of the training until after the board certification, she remains an inspiration for her residents. —Former residents and current/future ACVP Diplomates: Rick Alleman, Jeffrey R. Sirninger, Pete Fernandes, Ty McSherry, Kendal Harr, Shashi Ramaiah, Amy L. MacNeill, Leanne Twomey, Athema Etzioni, Mike Logan, Suzanne Pratt, Tricia Bisby, Katie Boes, Sarah L. Johnson, Bill Siska, Pierre Deshuillers, Kristin Fisher, Brian Meyer, Andrea Pires dos Santos, Ashley Leisering


Dr. Harold Tvedten 

Congratulations to Dr. Harold Tvedten as a recipient of the 2016 ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Following graduation as a DVM from Michigan State University in 1971, he briefly worked as a small- animal practitioner in Michigan until leaving practice to pursue graduate studies and completing a PhD in pathology at Michigan State University in 1975. Harold then joined the faculty at Michigan State University to begin an illustrious 26-year career, which culminated with retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2000. Courageously he moved to Sweden and began working part time as Lab Chief at Regiondjursjukhus Strömsholm (a private regional animal hospital). Dr. Tvedten concurrently worked at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala since 2000 at several units. When faced with a forced retirement, Harold traveled to work several months for Gribbles Veterinary Pathology in New Zealand until he was rehired bythe Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and is currently employed with its University Animal Hospital. Dr. Tvedten is double-boarded by the ACVP in anatomic and clinical pathology, and is also a Diplomate and founding member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

Over 45 years, he has supervised the training of many accomplished clinical pathologists, such as Steve Stockham, Doug Weiss, Rose Raskin, Eric Schultze, Jenny Thomas, Pat Wakenell, Gail Walter, MaryJo Burkhard, Anne Provencher, Mike Scott, Phillip Clark, Agatha Boisvert, Inger Lilliehook, Anna Hillström, and Josefine Öberg. Several of them comment below, along with other clinical pathologists:

Dr. Tvedten’s influence on the profession can be seen in many ways.… I will focus on three of them: contributions to training of veterinarians and clinical pathologists; scholarship and discovery of new knowledge; and advancement of the Society.... But if there’s one thing that commonly exemplifies Dr. Tvedten’s scholarship, it has been his approach. He noticed. ....10 book chapters, 84 published manuscripts, and over 175 presentations speak to the prolific scholarship over Dr. Tvedten’s career. His work spanned a number of diverse areas, and often pushed the edge of published and common knowledge. His work challenged us to better use our instrumentation in the assessment and defining of leukocyte, erythrocyte, and platelet changes. His books and book chapters helped us synthesize and apply our knowledge in an organized and systemic manner…. For example, he developed case modules that combined computer-based assessments, images, laboratory data, and clinical reasoning. While these sorts of learning modules are common now, they were rare in 1987 when Dr. Tvedten instructed us in the basics of clinical pathology, specifically hematology. Additionally, his notes were filled with short cases and study questions designed to provide iterative exposure to cases and questions allowing us to learn and build clinical confidence. It was no surprise that my class chose Dr. Tvedten as our “teacher of the year” for all the ways he helped us learn. —MaryJo Burkhard, The Ohio State University

While Dr. Tvedten invariably expected high standards, he was patient in his explanations, generous with his time, and willing to engage in vigorous academic debate. —Phillip Clark, Curtin University, Australia

During the 30 years that I have known him, I have interacted with Dr. Tvedten in many different capacities: as a mentor of residents in Veterinary Pathology at Michigan State University(MSU); as an academic adviser in PhD studies; as a pathology career adviser; and as a good friend. Each of these interactions has influenced me in a positive manner and led to my own career in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. —Eric Schultze, Lilly Research Laboratories

This is an individual who really exemplifies the model academic clinical pathologist. His knowledge of the subject matter, desire to continually learn and teach others, and to contribute to the veterinary pathology field in both diagnostic service and leadership are the main reasons I feel he has proven himself among his peers to deserve this most prestigious honor. —Rose Raskin, Purdue University

His books…have been valuable resources in training veterinary students, graduate students, and residents in clinical pathology. Most notable contributions have been as the author of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Case Analysis: Computer Assisted Lessons on CD-Rom, coauthor of multiple editions of Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods, and section editor of “Essential Concepts” for the 5th edition of Schalm’s Veterinary Hematology…. Likewise, he is one of the most likely people to respond to questions posted on the ASVCP listserv. —John Harvey, University of Florida

With every question or interesting clinical case that is posted, I find myself wondering what Harold will have to say, because he has such vast experience that he nearly always does have an opinion— and it’s always one that I respect. This has been such an important part of my evolution as a clinical pathologist. —Sue Tornquist, Oregon State University

He is the go-to expert on the Advia Hematology Analyzer and has used the cytograms to educate clinical pathologists about the value that is added by examining and correctly interpreting the information provided by this laser-based technology.… During one presentation a ‘bizarre mitotic figure’ in a cytologic image was displayed, prompting Harold to question what made the figure bizarre and to follow up by investigating the topic and publishing his findings (Tvedten H. Atypical mitoses: morphology and classification. Vet Clin Pathol).… His international reputation has earned him visiting lectureships/professorships across the globe.… Indeed, Harold is an affable and agreeable colleague who has the advancement of our knowledge and its application as the central intent of all his work. —Karen Young, University of Wisconsin

He is the ultimate teacher, always wanting to make sure everyone has the best understanding of clinical pathology data interpretation.... His presentations often focused on hematology instrumentation, and he has published numerous manuscripts in this area. I would consider him one of the experts in our discipline on hematology instrumentation, and I and many others have benefited from his extensive knowledge in this area. I also had the opportunity to interact with Harold on the ASVCP Executive Board. Harold served as Secretary-Treasurer 1990-1994 and then became the President in 2004.... Through his many scientific contributions to our discipline as well unwavering support of the ASVCP over the years, he clearly is deserving of ASVCP Life Time Achievement Award. —Bill Reagan, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

When I started my annual review of the certifying examination of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology(ECVCP) in 2004, I became aware of Harold’s leadership roles that led him being a founding Diplomate in the ECVCP. When I attended myfirst meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology(ESVCP) in 2006, it was clearly evident how Harold’s activities were instrumental in the development and expansion of the ESVCP, which eventually led to his being inducted into the ESVCP Hall of Fame in 2013. —Steve Stockham, Kansas State University

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