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July 14, 2013

Athens doctor receives highest veterinary award

Dr. Jack Goodman of Athens recently earned the highest award given in the practice of veterinary medicine in Alabama.

Goodman, a longtime Athens veterinarian, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association during an awards luncheon at the ALVMA annual conference in Florida.  The award is given only to ALVMA members who have given of their time and energies beyond all reasonable expectations and who have made exceptional achievements and contributions to the advancement of the profession.

The same association named Goodman Veterinarian of the Year in 2006.

“Dr. Jack Goodman is truly dedicated to the veterinary profession,” ALVMA President-Elect John Hammons said. “His outstanding career has involved many aspects of veterinary practice. He has been engaged in large- and small-animal practice, teaching in the large animal clinic at Auburn, and serving in multiple veterinary medical organizations as an officer and on committees.”

Hammons, also an Athens veterinarian, said Goodman has been and continues to be “an inspiration to young veterinarians and the veterinary profession.”

North Alabama native

Goodman grew up on a farm in Lauderdale County and graduated from Lexington High School in 1949. He entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute in fall 1949, with a focus in agricultural education. When the Korean War broke out, Goodman dropped out of college and joined the Air Force. After his discharge, he returned to school and earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1961, the year API became Auburn University. He opened a general practice treating large and small animals in Athens, where he practiced until 1981.

In 1983, he accepted an appointment in the Large Animal Clinic at Auburn

University College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, he entered graduate school and obtained his master’s degree in 1985. Throughout the years, Goodman has been a member of local, state and national veterinary associations and has served on numerous boards and councils. He has served on the executive board of the ALVMA, including the position of president, and the boards of the Alabama Academy of Veterinary Practice, Alabama Stock Dog Association, Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation and Advisory Board for Animal Hospital Technicians in Boaz.

Goodman has served the ALVMA as chairman of the Public Relations Committee, and he was instrumental in promoting National Pet Week throughout the state. Additionally, he has served as Chairman of the Constitution and By Laws Committee since 1985, with

Practice Act Responsibilities being added in 2003. Goodman served as the

Limestone County rabies officer for 40 years.

Goodman has also been heavily involved in the community throughout the years, serving on the Chamber of Commerce, United States Jaycees, Civitan Club,

Athens Humane Society, United States Pony Club, Athens Parent-Teacher Association, Hunter-Jumper Association of Alabama and the Sportsman’s Club.

His dedication to his community, his profession and the Association are evident through his actions over the years and make him most deserving of this award, according to the ALVMA.

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