At the annual meeting of the Missouri Horse Shows Association on January 30th at the Peachtree Banquet Center in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Donald Walsh received the association’s Jeff Shikles Memorial Distinguished Service Award for his work in laminitis research and education through founding the Animal Health Foundation.
The Missouri Horse Shows Association offers year-end and high point awards in more than 140 divisions to member exhibitors and nominated horses. MHSA is an affiliate member of the United States Equestrian Federation.
Dr. Walsh is the founder of the Animal Health Foundation and a lifelong resident of Missouri. He showed Saddlebred horses in his youth. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and established Homestead Veterinary Hospital in Pacific, Missouri in the 1980s. He is now retired from daily practice and is dedicated to the advancement of laminitis research and education through the Animal Health Foundation.
The presentation was made by Dr. Nancy Roth assisted by Dr. Philip Johnson of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson’s laminitis research has been funded by the Animal Health Foundation in the past. Dr. Walsh is received the MHSA award plaque and sculptured horse head of the perpetual trophy. Also present was Homestead Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Mark Cassells, president of the Animal Health Foundation.