The Florida Veterinary Medical Association selected three Pinellas County professionals for recognition during its annual awards ceremony on April 26, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, Lake Buena Vista.
The FVMA is a professional association in the state of Florida that represents more than 3,600 member veterinarians.
Dr. Kimberly Donovan, who currently serves as the medical director of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, is a recipient of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Gold Star Award for 2014. Dr. Ernest C. Godfrey of Pinellas Park will receive the association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Beth Crawford of Bluffs Animal Hospital in Belleair Bluffs is the 2014 recipient of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Certified Veterinary Technician of the Year Award.
Donovan is active in organized veterinary medicine, with memberships in the FVMA, American Veterinary Medical Association, Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Association and Pinellas Animal Foundation. She has served as secretary and president of the PCVMA, and she is currently the secretary of the Pinellas Animal Foundation.
She is also actively involved in Project Breath, which is a program that is supported by donations to supply the Pinellas County Fire Departments with oxygen masks for pets and for educating the department staff on CPR and first aid using these masks.
Ernest C. Godfrey
Godfrey is a practicing veterinarian of more than 40 years, and he has dedicated many years in service to organized veterinary medicine. He currently sits on the FVMA executive board.
Veterinary medicine, locally and nationally, has benefited greatly from Godfrey’s long and distinguished service to the profession. He joined the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1968 and the FVMA in 1971. He studied for his DVM at Auburn University from where he graduated in 1968. Presently he owns and is managing partner of Pinellas Animal Hospital. He also owns Seminole Boulevard Animal Hospital in Largo, and is co-director of St. Petersburg Animal Emergency Clinic Inc.
Godfrey has held various positions on the FVMA executive board on which he has served since 1987. He was the association’s president in 2005, and presently is the FVMA Delegate to the AVMA. He also is a member or serves as an officer of several other organizations including the Central Florida Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the Pinellas Animal Foundation Board of Directors, Pinellas Animal Partners, Pinellas County VMA and SPCA of Tampa Bay, among others.
Crawford has worked as a CVT for 15 years. She possesses an associate’s degree in science in veterinary technology and a bachelor’s degree in applied science in veterinary technology.
She was nominated for the CVT of the Year Award by her colleague, Dr. Douglas J. Spiker, who describes her as a deeply caring practitioner to her patients and their human owners alike, and goes on to say she provides “exemplary support to the veterinarians of our practice as well as the practice operations.” Other technicians at the hospital look to Crawford for guidance.