Richards Recognized for a Lifetime of Mentorship

The former director at the Cornell Feline Health Center was a spokesperson for feline health and awareness campaigns.

Posted: December 1, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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Courtesy of the Richards family
James Richards was a spokesperson for feline health and awareness.
The Cat Writers’ Association recently named the late James Richards, DVM, as the recipient of the 2007 Shojai Mentor Award, which recognizes a Cat Writers’ Association member who goes beyond mentorship duties by offering guidance, encouragement and support to other fellow members.

Richards, who was director of the Cornell Feline Health Center at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, was a spokesperson for feline health and awareness campaigns. The most recent being the KNOW Heartworms initiative, which aims to tackle the myths of feline heartworm disease.

He also funded the Cornell Feline Health Center Veterinary Issues Award. The award, renamed in his honor, encourages writers to undertake difficult stories on the topics of technological or medical advances, research or innovations in feline veterinary medicine.

Richards died in April in a motorcycle accident in New York.

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Angela    Hamburg, NY

12/2/2007 8:19:21 AM

This is a very nice honor for his family.

Karen    Standish, ME

12/1/2007 12:00:06 PM

Did you know he died because he tried to miss hitting a "cat" in the road. Sadly they both died! I miss his articles in Cat Watch. ~^..^~

Donna    Limington, ME

12/1/2007 9:09:02 AM

It is really sad that such a good man, died!

Marina    Havertown, PA

12/1/2007 7:20:33 AM

This is great to hear; this man really earned the awards and praise on behalf of cats.

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