Dr. Marie Suthers-McCabe and Terry Lawrence, two employees in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, were recently honored by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association during their annual meeting in Roanoke.

Suthers-McCabe, associate professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and director of the college’s Center for Animal Human Interaction (CENTAUR), was presented the “Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian” award in recognition of her internationally regarded work in the area of the human/animal bond.

Suthers-McCabe is past-president of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians and was awarded the 2005 Bustad Award, which is the nation’s highest recognition for a veterinarian working in the area of the human/animal bond.

A former member of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s VMAT-2 team, Suthers-McCabe was deployed for two weeks on site at the September 11 World Trade Center disaster in New York City.

Lawrence is a medical illustrator/graphic artist who has worked in the college’s Biomedical Media Unit for about 20 years and has helped numerous faculty members with their scientific presentations and publications.

Lawrence was recognized for his general good service in helping to advance the college and the profession and for his work on the college’s 25th anniversary statue and history book. In addition, Lawrence also annually coordinates the college’s “Adopt-a-Family” program, which raises funds to assist a needy family at Christmas.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states.