Iowa State veterinary alumni recognized

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Dr. Bashara
Dr. T. Robert Bashara
Dr. Olsen
Dr. Daryl Olsen
Dr. Smith
Dr. Martin Smith
Dr. Neuberger
Dr. Darrell Neuberger


Dr. Reece
Dr. Bill Reece

Five alumni of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine were honored on Oct. 26, 2018, with the Stange and Switzer awards.

The Stange Award for Meritorious Service in Veterinary Medicine is presented annually for outstanding professional achievement in the areas of education, government, industry, practice, or other professional endeavors in veterinary medicine. The 2018 recipients of the Stange Award are as follows:

  • Dr. T. Robert Bashara (Iowa State '63), who has been a long-time advocate for animal welfare with the Doris Day Animal Foundation and is a retired small animal practitioner in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Dr. Daryl Olsen (Iowa State '82), who is a senior partner with AMVC Management Services in Audubon, Iowa, and a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
  • Dr. Martin Smith (Iowa State '76) of Minocqua, Wisconsin, who is the founder of the Drs. Foster & Smith catalog veterinary supply business.

The William P. Switzer Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society and to the veterinary college. The 2018 recipients of the Switzer Award are as follows:

  • Dr. Darrell Neuberger (Iowa State '77) of Garner, Iowa, who is a past president of the Iowa VMA and retired from technical services with Zoetis Inc.
  • Dr. Bill Reece (Iowa State '54) of Ames, Iowa, who is a retired professor in the ISU veterinary college and long-time editor of Dukes' Physiology of Domestic Animals.

Another pair of veterinary alumni received the Iowa State University Alumni Merit Award. Drs. Brian Darrow ('83) and Ron Tapper ('84) were recognized for their work with the Sharon Live On Foundation, which has worked with Merck & Co. to create a vaccination program focusing on dogs, cats, and donkeys in Kenya.