November 01, 2013


 South Dakota VMA

Dr. James Stangle​ Dr. George Twitero​ Dr. Dustin Oedekoven​ Dr. Tom Rentschler

Event: Annual meeting, Aug. 11-14, Sioux Falls
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. James Stangle, Milesville. A 1989 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Stangle owns a mainly large animal practice in Milesville. He is a past president of the South Dakota VMA. Dr. Stangle serves as a mentor and sponsor to veterinary and veterinary technology students during their internships. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. George Twitero, Rapid City, won this award, given in honor of an individual who has brought distinction to the veterinary profession through devotion to the care and well-being of animals, support for the profession, and contributions to the community. A 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Twitero practices at Black Hills Animal Hospital in Rapid City. He is a past president of the South Dakota VMA, served as South Dakota’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1997-2013, and is a past member of the AVMA Judicial Council.  Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, Pierre, won this award, given to a member who has graduated in the preceding 10 years and has a record of outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, private practice, regulatory services, civic activities, or organized veterinary medicine. A 2002 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Oedekoven is South Dakota state veterinarian and executive secretary of the South Dakota Animal Industry Board. He serves on the board of directors of the United States Animal Health Association and chairs its Committee on Tuberculosis. Dr. Oedekoven also serves on the industry board’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory Advisory Board.
Officials: Drs. Tom Rentschler, Tea, president; Todd Carr, Sioux Falls, president-elect; Christy Teets, Rapid City, vice president; Travis White, Wessington Springs, secretary-treasurer; Cindy Franklin, Yankton, immediate past presidentAVMA alternate delegate; Chris Chase, Brookings, AVMA delegate; Mark Braunschmidt, Sioux Falls, District 1 representative; Chanda Nilsson, Groton, District 2 representative; and Ethan Andress, Lodgepole, District 3 representative