Professor of Small Animal Critical Care Passes Away

Date: 12/29/2011 3:18 pm

Dr. Douglass K. Macintire, P.B. Griffin Distinguished Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, in Auburn, Ala. Dr. Macintire, who retired Dec. 1 with 21 years of service to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, was internationally recognized for her expertise in critical care medicine and in infectious diseases in small animals.

She was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

A gifted educator and co-director of the critical care program, Dr. Macintire co-authored two editions of the Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and in 2006 received the Ira M. Zaslow Distinguished Service Award from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She earned her D.V.M. from Texas A&M University in 1980 and her M.S. degree in small animal medicine from Auburn University in 1986.

“Dr. Macintire reveled in seeing the former patients and owners who came each year for the Celebration of Life event when the Critical Care Case of the Year was selected,” said Acting Dean Calvin Johnson. The program’s purpose is to invite back some of the special animals that triumphed over adversity to survive despite overwhelming odds. “We all know Dr. Macintire’s hands and mind were at work in achieving those successes,” said Dr. Johnson.  “Dougie’s same spirit of courage, faith, and hope inspired us all during her own illness.”

"In addition to the caring instruction Dr. Macintire provided to veterinary technicians, students, interns, residents, and faculty, and the exceptional veterinary care for clients and patients over many years of service, the contributions she made to the veterinary profession as a whole are simply immense," said Dr. Jamie Bellah, head of the Department of Clinical Sciences.  “Her presence and her enthusiasm will be greatly missed.”

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing the funeral arrangements. A viewing is to be held Friday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home at 1500 Frederick Road in Opelika. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church at 1600 E. Glenn Avenue in Auburn. An interment will follow at Town Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dougie Macintire Memorial Scholarship Fund for veterinary students. The monies will be used to fund an annual award or scholarship for an Auburn University veterinary student who shows special interest and expertise in critical care medicine.

To give to the fund, visit the Office of Annual Giving at Select “gift”, “main campus”, “College of Veterinary Medicine” as the area of interest, “other” as the gift designation and then indicate the “Dougie Macintire Memorial Scholarship Fund”.

Contact: Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

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