Dr. Donnie L. Gardner
Dr. James P. Reynolds
Dr. Troy H. Drake
Dr. Mark J. Thomas
Dr. N. Kent Ames
Dr. Jenks S. Britt
Mike Hutjens, PhD
Six members of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners received awards and one individual was given honorary membership during the organization's 44th annual conference, Sept. 22-24 in St. Louis.
Dr. Donnie L. Gardner (OKL '70) of Bedford, Va., received the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica AABP 2011 Practitioner of the Year Award.
Dr. James P. Reynolds (CAL '82) of Visalia, Calif., received the AABP Award of Excellence.
Dr. Troy H. Drake (SKW '89) of Kathryn, Alberta, received the Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award—Beef.
Dr. Mark J. Thomas (COR '97) of Lowville, N.Y., received the Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award—Dairy.
Dr. N. Kent Ames (OSU '74) of East Lansing, Mich., received the Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Jenks S. Britt (AUB '70) of Bowling Green, Ky., received the Merck Animal Health Mentor-of-the-Year Award.
Mike Hutjens, PhD, of Urbana, Ill., received honorary membership in the AABP.
Dr. Harold E. Amstutz
Dr. Dan W. Upson
Two veterinarians were honored in September, ahead of the AABP conference, as the inaugural inductees into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame.
Dr. Harold E. Amstutz of West Lafayette, Ind., was recognized for contributions to dairy cattle medicine and Dr. Dan W. Upson of Manhattan, Kan., for contributions to beef cattle medicine. The hall of fame is sponsored by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, the trade journal Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health, and Osborn & Barr Communications.
Dr. Amstutz was praised for pioneering and supporting national and international organizations for bovine veterinarians. He led the World Association for Buiatrics, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and he was the AABP's first executive vice president, a position he held for 23 years.
Dr. Upson's work in beef cattle medicine has helped ranchers avoid selling cattle containing chemical residues and helped guide colleagues on antimicrobial use. His work influenced regulations on veterinary drug compounding and drug distribution, and his Handbook of Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology is in its fourth edition.
Animal scientist Temple Grandin, PhD, was awarded the American Humane Association National Humanitarian Medal Oct. 7 for her work promoting the humane treatment of livestock.
Dr. Grandin, whose life was depicted in a 2010 Emmy Award–winning HBO movie, is widely recognized within the animal welfare and livestock-handling communities as a pioneer in food animal welfare.
"We appreciate the advances in humane treatment that Dr. Grandin has contributed for the benefit of millions of animals as well as her invaluable work as a member of our farm animal program's Scientific Advisory Committee," AHA President and CEO Robin Ganzert said.
In 2010, Time magazine named Dr. Grandin one of the "100 people who most affect our world." She was honored for being an inspiration to people with autism, a condition she herself has, as well as for her groundbreaking work designing livestock-handling systems that reduce stress on animals.
Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to food animal producers, designer of livestock-handling facilities, and best-selling author.
Pfizer Animal Health has announced the winners of a new biennial program to recognize 10 veterinarians under age 40 who are making substantial contributions to swine medicine. Winners received a trip to, and recognition during, the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in late September.
The "10 under 40" award was open to members of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians under age 40 who reside in the United States and who work in private practice, academia, or consulting, devoting a minimum of 60 percent of their time to swine medicine.
The winners are Drs. Tara Donovan, Spring Green, Wis.; Jason Hocker, Audubon, Iowa; Marlin Hoogland, Algona, Iowa; Darin Madson, Ames, Iowa; Jeremy Pittman, Waverly, Va.; Sarah Probst Miller, Monticello, Ill.; Chris Rademacher, Ames, Iowa; Cameron Schmitt, Independence, Iowa; Matthew Turner, Clinton, N.C.; and Amy Vincent, Ames, Iowa.