Oshkosh, WI (February 7, 2005) – ImproMed, Inc. is pleased to announce that Falls Road Animal Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland has been awarded the 2005 Annual ImproMed Outstanding Veterinary Contributor Award. Once a year, ImproMed selects a client who provides outstanding contributions to the veterinary community to receive this award.
ImproMed commends Dr. Kim J. Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of Falls Road Animal Hospital, for his contributions to wildlife wellness and conservation. Dr. Hammond has assisted in rehabilitating and strengthening the operations of The Niamey Museum Zoo, Wildlife Game Reserves and the last free roaming giraffes in West Africa during his time with the Peace Corp.
Since then, Dr. Hammond has led a team of Baltimore and NASA veterinarians to the Costa Rican Sloth Rescue, where he began a medical animal exchange program. Currently, Dr. Hammond is working on the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Training Program, which he formed. Through this program, veterinarians from Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo receive needed experience through an internship at the Falls Road Animal Hospital. Falls Road Animal Hospital also trains veterinarians through their Zoo Veterinary Training Program which was founded in 2003.
In addition to assisting in the education of veterinarians, Dr. Hammond substantially raises public awareness through his involvement in the media. He devotes his free time to publishing articles in veterinary and general interest publications, including People, Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker magazines. Dr. Hammond currently serves as the editor and co-host of a live half hour pet news program in Baltimore and has had guest appearances on numerous nationally televised programs on CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC. Dr. Hammond also lends his veterinary talents to the movie industry where he served as the on site veterinarian for movies like “Runaway Bride”, “All the Pretty Horses”, “Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III” and many more.
Dr. Hammond has made multiple veterinary contributions in the political and academic realms. In 1992, with assistance from Congressman Benjamin Cardin and the Humane Society, Dr. Hammond wrote and introduced the “Puppy Mill Bill” to Congress to end the mass production of puppies and kittens in commercial breeding operations. He has served on the animal care committee at Johns Hopkins University and held academic positions at the Maryland-Virginia School of Veterinary Medicine. For his academic contributions to the Beijing Agricultural University in Beijing, China, Dr. Hammond received a Presidential Citation from President George Bush.
ImproMed is proud to acknowledge Falls Road Animal Hospital and Dr. Kim J. Hammond for all of their outstanding achievements with the First Annual Outstanding Veterinary Contributor Award, and commends Falls Road Animal Hospital for a job well done.
ImproMed is an award-winning developer and provider of business and medical management software for the veterinary industry. Since its inception in 1979, ImproMed's continuing mission has been to provide veterinarians with better software and better technical support by carefully monitoring changes in the veterinary medicine field and implementing program suggestions from their clients.