Saluting A U.S. Marine Corps Vet: From Lauded Professor to Industry Exec To AMC Chair to ACVIM Chair to Western Veterinary Conference Chair, Emeritus
Germinder + Associates has named Guy Pidgeon, DVM, DACVIM, a distinquished thirty-eight year career board-certified diplomate in veterinary medicine and U.S. Marine Corps veteran as the eighth #Germinder20 #PowerofPink Honoree to receive the award. Dr. Pidgeon has designated his veterinary school alma mater, the Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine to receive his $1,000 Honoree donation. To read his story, click here #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“It’s a distinct honor to be included in the company of my peers for this award. Giving back is important for every profession and I appreciate what Lea-Ann is doing with this program to benefit the veterinary profession, my colleagues and those organizations we hold dear,” said Guy Pidgeon, DVM, DACVIM.
Germinder and Dr. Pidgeon first met when Dr. Pidgeon was Director of Veterinary Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Dr. Pidgeon was responsible, together with Dr. Dan Richardson, for launching Prescriptiion Diet Canine T/D. He helped oversee the development of the “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” campaign with Germinder’s agency at the time and the relationship with the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Dental Society. They later worked together on other media relations campaigns and programs. Does this mean you had a different agency then?
“I’ve been privileged to work with Dr. Pidgeon from the very beginning of my involvement with veterinary medicine. I know when he speaks ever so softly, people listen; I know I do. I am honored he is joining the Germinder20 Power of Pink Honorees. Thank you Guy, for all you have contributed to veterinary medicine, and to my work with you and your veterinary colleagues. We are all better for it,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President of Germinder + Associates, Inc.
Dr. Pidgeon has served veterinary medicine with extraordinary leadership. He retired from veterinary medicine in 2013 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Western Veterinary Conference. Prior to joining Western Veterinary Conference he served as President of the Board of Trustees and was named Chief Executive Officer of The AMC in June 1997. He joined the AMC as Chief of Staff in 1996. Prior to joining AMC he was Director of the Department of Veterinary Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. He joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 1990 as Associate Director. Prior to joining Hill’s and served twelve years at Auburn University.
He holds Diplomate status (by exam) in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and served the organization in a number of elected offices culminating as Chairman of the Board of Regents.
Dr. Pidgeon has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career. He was honored in July 2018 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) with the ACVIM Lee and Inge Pyle Service Award.
Dr. Pidgeon served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 in Danang, Vietnam. He received a Naval Commendation Medal for his service. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1975.
#Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonorees are announced and given the opportunity to designate a $1000 donation to be made in their name through Germinder’s 20th Anniversary Fund Giving Back program to a not-for-profit organization of their choice. To date Honorees named and their designated donations include: Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB (donation to: Missouri Humane Society), Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDS (donation to: Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs), Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS,DABVP (donation to: Winn Feline Foundation), Dan Richardson, DVM, DACVS (donation to: Stormont-Vail Foundation Care Line), Manolita Moore (donation to: The Pixel Fund), Jen Reeder (donation to: Green Dogs Unleashed) and Mary Beth Leininger, DVM (donation to: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund). Additional Honorees will be named throughout 2018. Links to personal interviews with each honoree are also featured here.
#Germinder20 #ThePowerofPink was announced in January 2018 as part of the celebration of Germinder’s 20thAnniversary. The women’s storytelling initiative highlights the founder’s story of breast cancer survivorship and also shines a spotlight on 20 leaders whose stories have touched and inspired Germinder to success. Initial donations have been made to The Weill Cornell Breast Center at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, an integrated, multi-disciplinary care center where Germinder was treated for breast cancer five years ago. Another recipient is the Clara Goy Foundation in memory of Germinder’s brother-in-law, Gene Melleno, a girl’s high school basketball coach who passed away Jan. 1, 2018. Other donations have been made to the Jan Hus Community Outreach Program in honor of Germinder’s immigrant great-grandmother Marie Therese Kacin and to the News Literacy Project.
Germinder + Associates provides communications services for the pet/vet sectors and other niche industries. The woman-owned company was founded by Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA in Kansas City and has offices in New York City and Kansas City. The company connects and consults with executives in both established companies and organizations interested in entering the vet and pet industries in the U.S.
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