Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

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Dr. Woelffer
Dr. Elmer A. Woelffer
Dr. Williams
Dr. Donald E. Williams

Two veterinarians have been inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame.

Dr. Elmer A. Woelffer (COR ‘31) of Oconomowoc, Wis., was posthumously added to the hall of fame for his work in dairy practice. He is considered to be the father of bovine reproductive programs, which he improved through scientific principles, according to information from the hall of fame. He also authored a herd health column in Hoard’s Dairyman for more than 30 years besides working as a farm manager, an employee at a milk-producing company, and a private practitioner.

He died in 1995. About five years earlier, he had written about his life and career in the article “A lifetime of serving the dairy industry” (JAVMA 1990;196:1776-1780).

Dr. Donald E. Williams (TEX ‘51) of Colorado Springs, Colo., was inducted into the hall of fame for his work in beef cattle practice. He developed the first national preconditioning program and conducted early research into the cause of sudden death syndrome in feedlot cattle, according to the hall of fame.

He was a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. And he was the 45th member to join the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, which he served as a member of the board of directors and as president.

Dr. Williams spent 18 years in private practice before working for a cattle production company, and he later worked in feedlot management.