Oxbow Animal Health has announced Dr. James Carpenter as the winner of the 2019 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health (Quest) Award. Established in 2009, the Quest is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. Dr. Carpenter, who serves as Professor of Exotic Pet, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with the award at the 2019 ExoticsCon conference in St. Louis, Missouri at a reception in his honor.
“Throughout Dr. James Carpenter’s 40 years in the field of exotic animal, wildlife, and zoo animal medicine, he has contributed to the development of countless veterinary professionals through his research, teaching, authorship, and industry leadership,” said John Miller, President and Founder of Oxbow Animal Health. “Dr. Carpenter’s contributions to the advancement of exotic medicine simply cannot be overstated and we are truly honored to recognize him with this award.
“I am greatly honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Oxbow Quest Award (Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award),” said Dr. Carpenter. “It was the most amazing, emotional, and memorable celebration of my professional life, which has spanned over 40 years in the field of exotic animal/zoological medicine. I am greatly appreciative of Oxbow Animal Health for envisioning, sponsoring, and hosting this event.”
James W. Carpenter, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, has been a clinical and research veterinarian for over 40 years in the field of exotic animal, wildlife (including endangered species), and zoo animal medicine, has assisted in developing an internationally-recognized program in Zoological Medicine at KSU, and has trained 42 Interns and Residents. He is the author of 185 scientific papers, 47 book chapters, and 250 proceedings articles, and is Co-editor of Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery (2004;2012; and 3E in prep) and is the Editor of the Exotic Animal Formulary (1996, 2001, 2005, 2013, 2018). Dr. Carpenter is the Past-President of: the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the American College of Zoological Medicine. He was awarded the Edwin J. Frick Professorship in Veterinary Medicine from the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and named the Exotic DVM of the Year for 2000, and the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year for 2012. He was also named an Alumni of the Year by the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. In 2013, the Veterinary Health Center (KSU College of Veterinary Medicine) named the new veterinary facility at Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo the “James W. Carpenter Clinic at Sunset Zoo”. Dr. Carpenter is also the former Editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery.
The Oxbow Quest Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine. Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities. For more information, visit www.oxbowvetconnect.com.