Dr. Sheldon Altman Selected by AHF to receive Cortese-Lippincott Award

Dr. Alice Villalobos presented the Cortese-Lippincott award to Dr. Sheldon Altman in January, 2014 at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association’s officer installation dinner.

In her presentation, Dr. Villalobos noted that Dr. Altman grew up on a feed lot farm outside of Denver.  She has always felt bonded to Dr. Altman because they led parallel careers during the 70’s and 80’s. Shelley introduced acupunture while she pioneered oncology services for companion animals in So. California and both spoke widely about their passions.

When Dr. Altman retired in 1989 he continued to keep a hand in the profession. Instead of retirement gifts, Dr. Altman requested donations go to helping to pay veterinary bills for animals of families that needed help via the Rainbow Bridge Fund. The AHF administers the Rainbow Bridge Fund which has helped about 20 animals a year. Dr. Altman sets a magnificent example for retiring baby boomer veterinarians stay connected to our wonderful profession in some way.


Dr. Altman was born and raised in Denver, CO, received his BS degree in Biological Science and his DVM degree from Colorado State University.  He has been a licensed veterinarian in Kansas, Colorado and California. Prior to retirement in 1998, his professional career spanned almost 38 years.  He worked for the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, practices veterinary medicine in Southern California, spent 2 years as a staff member of the Acupuncture Research Project UCLA Pain Control Unit, was Director of Research for the National Association for Veterinary Acupuncture and served on the teaching faculties of the Center for Chinese Medicine and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Dr. Altman has referred and written articles for several veterinary journals, authored chapters in several veterinary medical textbooks and has been an invited lecturer at many local, national and international veterinary meetings, seminars and convention.  He has served on committees and been a member  or a board member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the Colorado State University Alumni Association, American Veterinarians for Israel and the Animal Health Foundation of California.

Dr. Altman has been married for over 50 years, has three children and four grandchildren.  In his retirement, he tutors elementary school children in reading, paints and plays classical guitar (but not very well).

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