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Three Inducted into the AzVMA Hall of Fame

Monday, June 5, 2017  
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Three veterinarians were inducted into the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association’s (AzVMA) Hall of Fame during the Inaugural/Award Luncheon at the AzVMA Annual State Meeting held in May in Tempe.


Dr. Michael Ames

Dr. Michael Ames, of Ames Diversified Services, LLC, Phoenix, was recognized as an icon in the Arizona veterinary community and a workaholic on behalf of veterinary medicine. His accomplishments are many.  Dr. Ames has done two tours of duty in two separate decades on the AzVMA board, serving in every officer position, including as president from 2009-2010.  He was a member of numerous committees and lead the effort to shape AzVMA’s continuing relationship with the Wild West Veterinary Conference.  During a very active legislative season, he racked up thousands of miles to represent the association at meetings and hearings where he navigated delicate issues with finesse.  He was the inspiration behind AzVMA’s biennial business retreat and the Arizona Veterinary Hall of Fame.  He also played a prominent role in the acquisition of the AzVMA office building and still serves on the building committee to determine the association’s future needs. 


Dr. Ames served three years as AzVMA’s alternate delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is currently serving as the delegate to the AVMA.  His influence, and the respect he earned at the national level, contributed to his election as a member of the AVMA’s House Advisory Committee, providing a voice for Arizona in the leadership circles of the AVMA.  In 2013, he was honored as AzVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year.


Dr. Robert Hatch

Dr. Robert Hatch, a life member of the AzVMA, has a long history of serving the Arizona veterinary community and the profession.  He was a founding member and president of the Emergency Animal Clinic, LTD, in 1974.  He served as the president of the Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice in 1977, and the AzVMA in 1980.  From 1989-1997, he was a member of the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, during which time he spent seven years as chairman.  In 1989, he was honored as AzVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year.


 Dr. Hatch went on to serve veterinary medicine at the national level. He was a member of the AVMA’s Committee on Wellness, the AVMA Council of Veterinary Services, and was on the Board of the AVMA GHLIT serving as secretary/treasurer, vice chairman and chairman. In recognition of his accomplishments, the University of Illinois presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.  Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Palm Valley Animal Clinic in Goodyear.


Dr. Ron Sigler

Dr. Ron Sigler, of Eye Care for Animals in Phoenix, is a shining example of hard work, dedication and accomplishment. He has served veterinary medicine with distinction.  He opened the first veterinary eye clinic in the state of Arizona in 1980.  As a Diplomate of the American College of Ophthalmologists, he has always been eager to share his considerable knowledge and skill with veterinarians and has given lectures to national and local doctors.


Dr. Sigler has always fully understood the importance of organized veterinary medicine and the responsibility veterinarians have to protect and advance their profession. As a past president of the Central Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, he has been a champion of service to the profession and has played a leadership role in advancing the strength and goodwill

of Arizona’s veterinary community. In 2015, he was honored as AzVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year.

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