Dr. Chris H. Runde, chairman of the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, has been selected to receive the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association’s 2010 Distinguished Veterinarian Award in recognition of and in appreciation for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and continued commitment to the veterinary profession. In 2003, Runde was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and in 2004 he was elected president.
“We are very pleased to learn of Dr. Runde’s recognition by his peers of Maryland veterinarians,” said Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. “His commitment to the standards and professionalism of the veterinary profession through his service to the vet board is outstanding, and we thank him for it.”
Runde has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association since 1981 and of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association since 1985. From 1985-1987, Runde worked as an associate veterinarian at Squire Veterinary Clinic in Upper Marlboro, Md. In 1987, he co-purchased Tidewater Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte Hall, Md.
The MVMA also recognized the previous chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Dr. John P. O’Mara, with the 2010 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was given in honor of O’Mara’s years of dedicated and outstanding service to the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, as the first “President’s Mentor” and for his continued involvement and leadership of the Legislative and Technicians Committees.
Further information about the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, its recent awards, and related photos can be found at www.mdvma.org or by contacting MVMA’s Executive Director, Ron Sohn at 410-931-3332, ext. 109.