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Streett Receives MVMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Richard P. Streett, Jr. (right) receives MVMA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards from friend and colleague Dr. John Brooks.

Richard P. Streett, Jr., VMD, of Bel Air was honored by the MVMA with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many years of meritorious service to the MVMA, AVMA, and to his community. Dr. John Brooks introduced his good friend of many years, Dick, lauding him, and sharing Streett’s resume with attendees of the general meeting of the MVMA during the recent summer conference.

A native of Harford County, Streett attended college at the University of Maryland, then completed veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. He spent two years as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps, then opened his first practice in Churchville in 1971. This mixed practice evolved into a small animal exclusive practice, with associated boarding and grooming facilities. He added two clinic locations in Bel Air and Havre de Grace in 2000 and 2007, respectively, before retiring from practice in 2011. His son, Richard P. Street, III, DVM, Rich, carries on the family tradition at Churchville Veterinary Clinic, Inc. with two partners in the 10-doctor, three-location practice, and in the MVMA.

Streett joined the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association upon graduation from veterinary school. He became an MVMA executive board member in 2005, serving as the AVMA’s alternate delegate, until he became the state’s primary delegate in 2010, a position he holds today. He chaired the MVMA Legislative and Political Action Committee from 2002-2005. He also serves as a board member of the Maryland Veterinary Foundation, chairing the group from 2005-2008. The MVMA recognized his many achievements in 2011 with presentation of the Maryland Distinguished Veterinarian Award. His AVMA service includes not only the House of Delegates, but also a seat on the board of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation since 2007; currently, he is chairman of the board.

He actively supports Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and served as an advisory board member from 1995-2005. In 1998 he was elected to the John Dalton Society of Friends of the VMRCVM. He supported the Harford Community College by sitting on the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 2008, holding many offices, culminating with chairman in 2007-2008. He also was a working member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission from 1992-2004, with a position as finance policy chairman from 1997-2004.

In his community he supports the not-for profit health network Upper Chesapeake Health Systems, by membership, board service, and chairing the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. He represents veterinarians on the Maryland Agricultural Commission, as well as acting as secretary to the Maryland Environmental Service Board of Directors. He has chaired the Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board and the Member Building Committee of St. Ignatius Church, and has held offices with the Steppingstone Museum and Churchville Ruritan Club, and is a member of the Harford County Farm Bureau.

Dick lives with his wife Esther in Bel Air, where they enjoy their 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Other enjoyments include hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Dick Streett has worked tirelessly for the profession and his community on many levels, and it seems likely that his efforts for others will continue.

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