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Alumni Updates

Published: May 1, 2013


Arthur Richards, Jr. (V ’49) is the author of Tale Waggings: Recollections of a Rural Veterinarian, a book that reveals many of the unexpected and humorous cases that kept Dr. Richards hopping for 50 years. A longtime member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, he was its president in 1976 and recognized as its Veterinarian of the Year in 1977. His hospital was recognized by the American Animal Hospital Association for 38 years. Dr. Richards and his wife have five children and 10 grandchildren. He has sold his practice and retired, but continues to do relief work for various local practices.


Diane Eigner (V’80), Steven Prier (V’81), Dennis Burkett (V’84) along with Kimberley Galligher (V’03) were the featured speakers during the “Tails from the Trenches” Happy Hour Series. Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Penn Veterinary Business Management Association, the program invites students to hear “tails” from practice owners on the ins and outs of owning a veterinary practice.

Lisa Handy (V’84) has written and had illustrated a humorous coffee table book called Just For Kicks that portrays the lighter side of equine practice. She considers it an amazingly rewarding profession, constantly filled with surprises and plenty of horse laughs – all of which are reflected with tongue firmly in cheek throughout her new book. Dr. Handy is founder and owner of Carolina Equine Clinic in Aiken, S.C. She practiced at Palm Beach Equine Clinic before performing a residency in surgery at the University of Florida.

Patricia Provost (V’85) has been named the designee to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. After graduation, she completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri and an equine surgical residency at Michigan State University. Dr. Provost became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1992. She has been a faculty member at the Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine since 1990.


Patrick Mahaney (V’99) recently wrote for the “Daily Vet” on PetMD where he shared his personal experience during 9/11 and talks about the opening of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Visit PetMD and search on “commemorating the 11th anniversary of 9/11” to read his posting. The Daily Vet is a log featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they tackle topics in the world of animal medicine.


Leslie Kuczynski, (V’06), DACVIM, recently Clyde Johnson joined the Internal Medicine Team at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates in Norristown, Pa. as an Metropolitan Veterinary Associates is a small animal specialty and emergency hospital that originated in 1986. They currently have 25 specialists in 11 different disciplines:

Dana Yard (V’10) recently joined Metropolitan Veterinary Associates & Emergency Services in Norristown, Pa, as an emergency clinician. Dr. Yard completed her internship in small animal medicine and surgery in June of 2011 at Metropolitan.

Sam Gartland, (V’14) won first place in the Student Case Competition at the Society of Theriogenology Annual Meeting in Baltimore for his presentation of a case titled “Equine Oviduct Dysfunction.”


Dr. Lee O. Fletcher (V’62) passed away on August 10, 2012. As noted by his classmate and friend, “Lee was one of a kind.” After graduating, Dr. Fletcher started his own veterinary hospital in Claremont, N.H. He had many interests including fishing, travel and going to local and regional veterinary meetings. Lee leaves behind his wife.

In Memoriam

Dr. Loren Harrison Evans

Dr. Evans practiced veterinary medicine as a professor of equine surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Having graduated with honors from Washington State University, he attended veterinary school at the same university.

Subsequent to his graduation, he was awarded an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, where over the next 33 years he was promoted to full professor and earned multiple honors. In addition to his clinical accomplishments, he conducted research into chronic equine lameness and pioneered the first successful abdominal colon surgery, paving the way for saving once-doomed horses. Dr. Evans also designed many of the surgical instruments used today for cervical and rectal repairs. Students enjoyed their rotations in his clinical service and most, who were headed into equine practice, elected to repeat this chance to learn from his practical approach to clinical examination and treatment. Field trips to large breeding operations in the tri-state area, operated by Dr. Evans’ clients, were an unusual opportunity coveted by all students. Famous for his unconventional therapeutic efforts, his former students credit him with bringing enthusiasm and passion to the study of equine medicine and remaining a mentor throughout their careers.

During his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Evans’ patients included many famous race horses: Bold Ruler (sire of Secretariat), Northern Dancer, Romeo Hanover and countless others. He was called upon to lecture and perform surgery all over the world. In 1972, he was invited to the Veterinary School of Pretoria in Onderstepoort, South Africa, receiving an honorary citizenship and the high esteem of both faculty and the student body. Awards and laurels followed Dr. Evans even after his retirement from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the association to which the vast majority of equine veterinarians worldwide belong.

After his retirement, Dr. Evans returned with his wife, Phyllis Evans, to his ancestral home, the Flathead Valley of Montana. Here he traded his surgical scrubs for jeans and his new vocation, cattle rancher. Although theoretically retired, he worked with the same dedication he’d given to veterinary medicine – building up a sizeable herd of cattle, sowing his own hay and doing all the things any cowboy would be expected to do.

Dr. Evans was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Phyllis J. Evans, and four siblings. He is survived by his daughter Rebekkah Evans and her daughter Stephanie J. Seymour; his son Barry R. Evans and his children Lauren Evans and Ryan Evans; in addition to many nieces and nephews.

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