Drs. Lavin And Robbins Honored

During the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception held at the Annual AAEP meeting in Phoenix in December, Dean Alan M. Kelly honored two outstanding alumni, A. Gary Lavin, VMD, and Jack Robbins, VMD, and presented each with the School's Bellwether Medal.

A Citation of Gratitude was presented to A. Gary Lavin, VMD, who has been a respected equine practitioner in Louisville, Ky., and Hot Springs, Ark. As President and Executive Board member of both the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and as a director of the Breeders Cup, Lavin's contributions to the equine industry are notable.

Lavin was the first veterinarian to be elected to the Jockey Club in 100 years, and brought great distinction to the profession. His service as a Steward of the Jockey Club and as a director of the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation continues his leadership. As a board member and outstanding president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, he served with distinction. The Lavin Cup, named in Lavin's honor, is a tribute to his strong commitment to equine welfare management.

Lavin, who has long been involved in Thoroughbred racing, founded Longfield Farm in 1979 and raised innumerable stakes winners.

A Citation of Gratitude was also presented to Jack Robbins, VMD, for his many years as a leader in the equine veterinary field. Robbins was a founding member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 1954, as well as a former president. Robbins was the first chair of the AAEP's Practice Committee, holding a 22-year tenure on that committee that monitored medication rules and ethics.

As a racetrack practitioner in California, Robbins brought the veterinary profession to an elevated level of respect. Among his accomplishments, Robbins was a founding director of the Oak Tree Racing Association, a director of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and the second veterinarian to be elected to the Jockey Club. Robbins also established training centers and surgical facilities for equine medicine and supported the Grayson Foundati0on for research.

Robbins was also successful in breeding, owning, and racing Thoroughbreds.

About the Author

Tim Brockhoff

Tim Brockhoff was Staff Writer of The Horse:Your Guide to Equine Health Care from 1995 to 1999. His degree is in Agricultural Communications from the University of Kentucky, and his equine experience is with American Saddlebreds.

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