To promote collegiality among our members and provide a forum for the professional concerns of minority veterinarians in the State of North Carolina.
Dr. Allen Cannedy
Dr. Allen L. Cannedy is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He earned an Associate degree in Arts and Science from Germanna Community College, Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. He did a Rotating Large Animal Internship at the University of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine and a Ruminant Medicine Production Medicine Residency at North Carolina State University- College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). Dr. Cannedy was a ruminant group faculty member at NCSU-CVM as a Clinical Assistant Professor from 1997 to 2000 when he became the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Cannedy started his Small Ruminant and Camelid Mobile Veterinary Services in 2004. His practice specializes in care for Llamas, Alpacas, Goats and Sheep. He continues to serve as an administrator, teaching faculty and emergency referral clinician for potbellied pigs and camels at North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Tracy L. Hanner, DVM
Clinical Associate Veterinarian, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
Biology- North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC
Certified Laboratory Animal Technologist
Dr. Hanner serves as Treasurer of the North Carolina Association of Minority Veterinarians (NCAMV) and is the Coordinator of Veterinary Education, resident clinical veterinarian, and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Animal Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. Prior to that Tracy was employed by the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC. as a Laboratory Animal Technologist.
Teaching responsibilities include freshmen orientation, introduction to laboratory animal science, biology and disease of laboratory animals, internships in laboratory animal science, and facility management and clinical technique.
During his tenure he has been named advisor and teacher of the year, served as chairman of the institutional animal care and use committee, elected to Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and the Golden Keys. He has been a quest lecturer at Duke University and North Carolina State University, also served on the college of veterinary medicine admissions committee for fifteen years.
Dr. Hanner has published in the American Journal of Veterinary Education, Laboratory Technique for Bio-research (Biotechniques), the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Journal of Laboratory Animal Science and has two book chapter contributions. Besides teaching and research, Dr Hanner is active as an advisor to the Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club and the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. In 2005 he was named National Role Model of the Year, and in 2009 he received the Iverson Bell Award for Veterinary Medicine from the AVMA.
Focus Area: Animal infectious diseases; animal nutrition; pharmaceutical drug discovery
Alex N. Fisher, Sr., DVM
Alex N. Fisher, Sr., DVM is President and CEO of Southern Veterinary Management Group, LLC., which owns and operates Reedy Creek Small Animal Clinic, located in Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Fisher currently serves as the Medical Director and Veterinarian for Reedy Creek Small Animal Clinic. Prior to establishing Reedy Creek Animal Clinic, Dr. Fisher worked 5 years as the Regional Program Manager for the Texas Department of Health’s Meat Safety Assurance Program where he oversaw the regulatory activities of 70 state and federal meat slaughter and processing facilities. Dr. Fisher received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University in 1992 and received is Doctor of Veterinary degree From Tuskegee University in 1998. Dr. Fisher is the father of twin boys (Alex, Jr. & Amari Tyler age 8), and a daughter (Paige Ashley age 6). During his leisure time Dr. Fisher likes to golf, read, take aviation lessons, listen to music and spend time with family.
Towana Pittman Guinyard, DVM
Dr. Guinyard earned a B.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May 2005, and later earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from N.C. State University in May 2010. While in veterinary school, her focus was pathology, and she hopes to complete a residency one day.
Dr. Guinyard began her career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) in 2003, when she became a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) employee. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, she worked as an animal health technician in Michigan. It was during this time she realized her love for pathology, as she worked closely with various disease programs – Scrapie, Tuberculosis, and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or “Mad Cow Disease”.
From 2005 to mid-2010, she worked intermittently for the VS North Carolina Area Office entering data for disease programs, collecting samples for BSE and Scrapie, performing Swine Health Protection inspections, etc. as a veterinary student trainee.
Dr. Guinyard has taken several training courses in emergency preparedness and response, and is a first responder for emergency management issues; she became qualified as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) in February 2012, which allows her to investigate foreign animal diseases. She received an Individual Cash Award for outstanding service to Veterinary Services in September 2010 and October 2011.
Currently, Dr. Guinyard is a Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA, APHIS, VS in South Carolina. She has served in this position since July 2010.
Dr. Guinyard loves serving the community through recruitment activities, and mentors several undergraduate students. She was born and raised in Whitakers, NC, and is the daughter of Ms. Gretta Pittman. She was recently married to Mr. Travis Guinyard, and they have three dogs: GiGi, Codie, and Ricky Bobby.