Charles Martin, 334/844-3698


AUBURN -- A Florida veterinarian and a professor at the University of Tennessee have been named Distinguished Alumni by the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Drs. Eddie Garcia of Tampa, Fla., and D.J. Krahwinkel of Knoxville, Tenn., received the honors at the college's 92nd annual conference in November, which was attended by more than 2,000 veterinarians, technicians and family members.

"These alumni have carried their Auburn University heritage and dedication throughout the world during their veterinary careers," said Dr. Timothy Boosinger, dean of the college. "They are great role models for all of our graduates."

Garcia, clinic director at Veterinary Medical Clinic Inc. in Tampa, is a consultant to the veterinary services industry. He lectures internationally on practice management, client relations and personal growth -- on which he has written more than 50 articles.

"Even as a young veterinary student at Auburn, Dr. Garcia began showing his character as an active leader in our profession," said Dr. Norman Busciglio, a 1979 AU veterinary graduate, who nominated Garcia. "At that time in 1968, he was voted the outstanding student in the clinics and he received the Upjohn Award."

Garcia has served four terms on the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the Veterinary Forum Magazine advisory board. He is a charter member of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation, Veterinary Management Institute and the Veterinary Management Group II.

"He was named the Florida veterinarian of the year in 1997," Boosinger said. "Plus in 1995, he was honored as the southeast region veterinarian of the year by the American Animal Hospital Association."

Garcia is a member of the judicial nominating committee for the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, former president of the Tampa Sports Club and a member of Leadership Tampa of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Krahwinkel, a 1966 Auburn graduate, joined the University of Tennessee in 1975 just after the university established its College of Veterinary Medicine.

"He helped guide the growth and development of their department of small animal clinical sciences," said Alfred Legendre, also a 1966 veterinary graduate, who nominated Krahwinkel for the award. "He was head of the surgery section and then he was named head of the department of urban practice."

Krahwinkel worked with a veterinary practice in Danville, Ill., after finishing No. 1 in his class at Auburn. He later did a stint in the Air Force and taught at Michigan State University, where he obtained his master's degree in surgery and medicine. In 1993, he was named Michigan States Distinguished Postdoctoral Alumnus.

"Dr. Krahwinkel has served the profession and his community well," Legendre said. "He is a church deacon and he works every year in missions in Africa and South America. He has combined his mission activities with working with the veterinary colleges in Bolivia and Paraguay to improve the standard of veterinary medicine in those areas."

Krahwinkel is a member of numerous veterinary associations and has been president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

"He is also active in continuing education as he speaks to veterinary groups throughout the world," Boosinger added. "He has made a significant contribution to veterinary knowledge with more than 50 publications and 10 book chapters."

The College of Veterinary Medicine also honored three Young Achievers from the class of 1989: Drs. Rick Howard, Dominic Marino, and David Moll.

Howard and Moll serve as associate professor and assistant professor, respectively, in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Marino is chair of the department of surgery at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview, N.Y.

The El Toro Award for excellence in food animal medicine was presented to Dr. Jimmy Payne of Greensboro, Ala. After graduating in 1969, he served two years in the Air Force, before returning home to Hale County, where he practices veterinary medicine with his uncle, Joe Sledge. Payne has been in the dairy business and is a beef cattle producer, rasing purebred Angus cattle.

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