Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Announces 2014 Veterinary Service Award

Dr. Richard L. “Chip” Godine Receives Award in Recognition of Extensive Contributions to Virginia Veterinary Medicine Profession.

Raleigh, NC, April 11, 2014 --( The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to enhancing the quality of human and animal life, has announced Richard L. “Chip” Godine, D.V.M., has received the 2014 Veterinary Service Award for his exemplary service to the veterinary profession and to the VVMA, which was presented at the Virginia Veterinary Conference on Feb. 28.

Dr. Godine received his undergraduate degree in history and business from The University of Virginia in 1977. He received his degree in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) in Blacksburg, Va. Upon graduation, he practiced in Yorktown, Lynchburg, Rocky Mount, Waynesboro and Baltimore, Md. He and his wife purchased Ruckersville Animal Hospital in 2008, where they operate a five doctor small animal practice and veterinary laser therapy center.

A past president of both the Piedmont VMA and VVMA, and he served on the VVMA board of directors as a representative from Roanoke Valley. He was a charter board member of the VMRCVM Alumni Society and now serves as the organization’s delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the national network that provides information on pet care, animal health, veterinary medicine and advocacy for the veterinary profession.

“We are pleased to present Dr. Godine with the 2014 Veterinary Service award,” said Terry Taylor, D.V.M., VVMA president-elect. “His incredible contributions and service to the veterinary profession make him an exceptional recipient for this award, and we are tremendously grateful for his leadership of the VVMA.”

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The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.
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