L to R: Lisa Smith, LVT, VTS (ECC), Kathy Maney, Nicole Lipson Perella, CVT, CCSMT, Jeffrey Bowersox, DVM, DACVO, Melissa Davis, LVT, Wendy Keeler, LVT, Dr. Cofone, Ashlee Calloway, CVT, Sarah Eberly, LVT, Art Jankowski, VMD, DACVS.
Mark A. Cofone, VMD, DACVS was awarded the H. Wesley Towers Veterinarian of the Year honor at the winter meeting of the DVMA at the Dover Downs Convention Center in Dover on November 18, 2014.
Mark, a native of New Jersey, is a specialty surgeon in New Castle, Delaware. He has been in private specialty practice for 18 years and has been one of the original partners/owners of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware since opening June 2000. Until July 2012, he served as managing partner the specialty hospital before handing the reins of day-to-day operation to business partner, Dr. Art Jankowski.
In 1985, Dr. Cofone obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine then went on to complete a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and a three-year surgical residency at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to private practice, he was a senior scientist at Ethicon, Inc.
His specialty areas include orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, general soft tissue surgery, trauma surgery, joint reconstruction and total hip replacements, congenital and developmental bone deformities, spinal surgery, arthroscopy for common canine joint problems and sports medicine.
Until very recently, Dr. Cofone servesdas a consultant to the Penn Vet Orthopedic Service, an Adjunct Professor at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, member of the Penn Vet Dean’s Alumni Council and mentor to Penn Vet’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Delaware Veterinary Medical Association, for which he served as Vice President and President.
Mark currently lives with his wife Karin (a veterinary oncologist) and son Lucas, in Glen Mills, PA, along with Ruby, a sweater-wearing Chihuahua, and Bono, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is the current manager of the “Serpents” in the Garnet Valley Soccer Club, his son’s team. His children Marta and Phillip currently attend college in distance states.
Above L to R: Willing (companion) with owner Stephanie McPeak; Chevy, receiving the award for Onyx (service) with owner Daniel Lynam; Lacey (therapy) with owner Julie Miller; missing Dude (hero) with handler Cpl. Joe Joannides.
At its 2014 Winter Meeting, in conjunction with Paws for People, the DVMA honored animals that have helped to save or preserve the life of a person or other animal, provided assistance to those in need, provided therapeutic benefits, and/or displayed exemplary loyalty or companionship. Winners of the awards were selected through a nomination process.
COREEN M. HAGGERTY
c/o Dr. Jenni Smagala, Treasurer
Lums Pond Animal Hospital
3052 Wrangle Hill Road
Bear, DE 19701
The Delaware Veterinary Medical Association (DVMA), in conjunction with Merck Animal Health, is proud to offer a veterinary scholarship for veterinary students. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a veterinary student in their second, third or fourth year of veterinary school. The DVMA has established this scholarship for veterinary medical students from Delaware to assure the continuation of expert animal care and the scientific advancement of veterinary medicine.
2015 Scholarship Recipient
CATHERINE O. HERLIHY
From Smyrna, Delaware
Currently attending University of Prince Edward Island | Charlottetown, CANADA