College of Veterinary Medicine’s Critical Care Celebration of Life set for Oct. 26

Published: October 21, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University will hold the Dr. Dougie Macintire Celebration of Life Sunday, Oct. 26, to recognize pets that have overcome life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

The program, which begins at 2 p.m. in Overton Auditorium of the Veterinary Education Center, was renamed for the late Dr. Macintire, co-director of the Emergency and Critical Care Service who was instrumental in establishing this recognition program. An internationally recognized expert in critical care medicine and in infectious diseases in small animals, Dr. Macintire died in 2011.

Each month, more than 75 critically ill pets are treated in the Critical Care Service. Veterinary clinicians and veterinary technicians select the most extraordinary cases of the past year to be recognized during the program.

The program culminates in the Manny Morpeth Case of the Year Award, named for the program's first recipient in 2002.

"This program brings back to campus owners and their pets who have, against many odds, survived critical illnesses to a celebration," said Dr. Lenore Bacek, an assistant professor of Emergency and Critical Care. "These animals are inspirational not only to their owners but those at the teaching hospital who cared for them."

A reception will follow the program.

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