(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 1, 2014—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented its 2014 President’s Award to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and to longtime general practitioner and livestock farm owner/operator Robert “Bud” Hertzog, DVM, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25–29, the AVMA honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient shared the same goal: to improve the lives of both animals and people worldwide. These recipients represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.
The AVMA President’s Award is given annually to recognize individuals and groups inside and outside veterinary medicine who have made a positive impact on animal, human or public health, veterinary organizations and the profession. Both Hertzog and the AVMF received the award during the AVMA President’s Reception Monday, July 28.
Hertzog earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 1956. Nearly 60 years later, he is an active practitioner and manager of Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital in Missouri, with a 10-veterinarian staff including his son, David. In addition, he owns and operates livestock and grain farms in Jackson and Johnson counties with his sons and one grandson. Since 1992, Hertzog has been an animal consultant for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Medical School Lab. He currently consults at the Kansas City Zoo, where he served as zoo veterinarian for 25 years.
Hertzog served on the AVMA Executive Board from 2000-2006 and was Executive Board chair from 2005-2006. He also served as AVMF chair in 2008. A two-year chairman and eight-year member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board, Hertzog is the recipient of numerous awards, including Missouri Veterinarian of the Year and the University of Missouri’s Distinguished Faculty and Alumni Award. He also served as a past president of the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Alumni Association. Trustee and chairman of the Missouri 4-H Foundation, he is also a charter stockholder, director and past board chairman of Professional Veterinary Products.
Proudly involved in his community, Hertzog was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Truman Heartland Foundation and received Lee's Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has served as a charter member, past president and Paul Harris Fellow of Lee’s Summit Rotary Club. In addition, Hertzog was elected to four terms to both the Jackson County Legislature and to the R-7 Lee’s Summit School Board. Bank director of the Farmers Trust Company for 30 years, Hertzog is an active member, deacon and corporate president of the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit.
Hertzog is a past president of the Missouri VMA and the Kansas City VMA. Executive board and charter member of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, he is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
The second 2014 President’s Award honors the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, with AVMF President and immediate past chair Clark Fobian, DVM, accepting the award.
The AVMF is the charitable arm of the AVMA dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. The highly rated organization was established in 1963 and has provided more than $50 million in grants since its inception.
The Foundation supports programs that train for disasters, as well as other humane outreach and animal welfare efforts. It also funds veterinary education and animal research studies that explore the causes, treatments, and prevention of fatal and infectious diseases.