Veterinary professionals nominated and chosen by their peers exemplify leadership and success in improving patient outcomes.
dvm360®, the # 1 multimedia platform for the veterinary industry, announced the 8 winners of its inaugural Veterinary Heroes ™ recognition program on November 16, 2021, including Caeley J. Melmed, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM). The inductees were honored at a celebratory gala at Fetch, a dvm360® conference, December 1, 2021, at the San Diego Convention Center in California.
The Veterinary Heroes ™ program honors individuals who have achieved significant success in veterinary medicine. Veterinary leaders are nominated by their peers for their outstanding achievements in improving patient outcomes. A panel of distinguished judges from the dvm360® The advisory board chose 1 winner in each category who made a measurable difference.
Veterinary heroesMT The program is sponsored by Nationwide, Merck, Zoetis, Clevor®, Blue Buffalo, NorthStar VETS and MedVet.
The winners of the 2021 Veterinary Heroes ™ program are presented in an 8-part series. Part 6 focuses on Internal Medicine Laureate Caeley J. Melmed, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM).
Melmed is the mobile consultation liaison and referral partner for MedVet Dallas, providing mobile consultation and ultrasound services to veterinarians in his area. She both attended veterinary school and completed her residency at Texas A&M University, and interned at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Melmed then worked as an associate internist and helped form the veterinary medicine specialist practice, which merged with MedVet Specialty and Emergency in 2017.
Melmed said she came from a long line of family doctors and that some of her earliest memories were of her with her father as he attended to after-hours emergencies at the hospital. “When my first (and only) sterilization lasted for 3 hours, it was immediately evident that the surgical abilities of my family line stopped with me,” she said. “Fortunately, my other skills… pave the way for becoming an internist. ”
According to the nominee, Melmed is not only a talented veterinary internist and clinician, but also a caring and compassionate care giver. Referent internist, Melmed performs mobile ultrasound assessments for a community of veterinarians. Her approach to helping veterinary professionals make diagnoses and treatment plans in their private practices is thoughtful, according to the applicant.
“We tend to think of veterinary medicine as an intellectual and educational activity and that is certainly the foundation. But a lot of what we do is based on subtle observations and a good sense of instinct, ”said Melmed.
Melmed lives with her husband and children on a farm with 40 animals. In addition to taking care of animals, she enjoys backpacking the world, especially in the tropical forests of Nicaragua and camping in Jordan. “My mission is to lower the bar on our travels so that we are all, once again, grateful to [modern conveniences],” she said.