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April 01, 2021

Minnesota VMA

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Annual meeting, held virtually, Feb. 4-6


Dr. Scheftel
Dr. Joni Scheftel
Dr. Patterson
Dr. Edward “Ned” Patterson
Dr. Memmen
Dr. Rob Memmen

Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Joni Scheftel (Minnesota ’82), Mayer. Dr. Scheftel serves as Minnesota state public health veterinarian and supervises the Zoonotic Diseases Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. She previously practiced mixed animal medicine in Watertown. A past president of the MVMA, Dr. Scheftel is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Outstanding Faculty Award
Dr. Edward “Ned” Patterson (Minnesota ’96), St. Paul. Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He was recently selected to participate in the Big Ten Academic Leadership Program, and he serves as a mentor in the Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience course. Dr. Patterson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Emerging Leader Award
Dr. Rob Memmen (Minnesota ’10), Minnetonka. Dr. Memmen co-owns Gehrman Animal Hospital in Minnetonka. He previously worked in South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Memmen is co-chair of the MVMA Operations and Finance Committee and is a member of the MVMA Bylaws task force and Minnesota Opportunities for Veterinarian Engagement. MOVE is an initiative by the MVMA to support the professional success and development of veterinarians through social and educational networking opportunities.


Dr. Sillerud
Dr. Connie Sillerud

Drs. Connie Sillerud, Golden Valley, president; Nancy Peterson, New Ulm, president-elect; Beth Thompson, Zumbrota, vice president; Jim Winsor, Inver Grove Heights, treasurer; and Matthew Boyle, Hager City, Wisconsin, immediate past president