New Mexico VMA honors two

Published on June 17, 2015
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Two New Mexico veterinarians were honored this spring by their state veterinary association.

Dr. McGuire
Dr. Barbara McGuire
Dr. Wenzel
Dr. John Wenzel

The New Mexico VMA selected Dr. Barbara McGuire as its Veterinarian of the Year. A 1984 veterinary graduate of Colorado State University, Dr. McGuire is part owner of Aztec Animal Clinic in Albuquerque. The award was presented March 11 at her clinic. The award recognizes a practicing veterinarian who has shown exemplary professional conduct and outstanding service to clients, patients, and community. Dr. McGuire currently serves as a preceptor of the Central New Mexico Community College veterinary technology program, is a member of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Advisory Committee, and has served as a mentor for the veterinary sciences program at the APS Career Enrichment Center in Albuquerque.

Dr. John Wenzel was honored with the Distinguished Service Award, which is presented to individuals who, over the course of their careers, have consistently given back to the veterinary profession with service, dedication, and dignity. He received the award April 9 at the New Mexico Veterinary Diagnostic Services. Dr. Wenzel received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1986. He joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources as the first extension veterinarian in the state. Dr. Wenzel is the state coordinator for the New Mexico Ag/Livestock Incident Response Team and the New Mexico Beef Quality Assurance Program.