Six bovine veterinarians who represent more than 150 years of service to the cattle veterinary profession have been nominated for the newly established Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Peer veterinarians can start voting on April 1.
The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to the cattle veterinary profession.
“The inaugural hall of fame nominees are an impressive slate of candidates and are role models for our profession,” says Mark Spire, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, technical services manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. “They have made immeasurable contributions to cattle veterinary medicine and each one is deserving of this prestigious honor.”
Six organizations are sponsoring the hall of fame including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), Bovine Veterinarian, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health and Osborn & Barr.
How to vote
The inductees will be selected from among their peers, and all AABP and AVC members are eligible to vote for one beef and one dairy veterinarian. Voting begins April 1, 2011, during the AVC spring conference in Oklahoma City.
Voting will continue until Aug. 5, through the following:
- In person at AVC’s spring and summer conferences, March 31-April 2, in Oklahoma City, and Aug. 4-6, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
- By mail through AABP’s April newsletter
- Online at www.avc-beef.org and www.aabp.org
From the six nominees, two inductees will be honored, one beef and one dairy veterinarian each with the greatest number of votes in each category, at the AABP annual conference in St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 22-24, 2011. They will be announced at the Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health-sponsored banquet Sept. 24, 2011.
The three beef cattle veterinarians nominated for the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame for 2011 include:
Dr. John Herrick was an Iowa native and received his veterinary degree from Iowa State University. Following graduation, he practiced large-animal medicine before joining the ISU faculty and spent 35 years as a professor of veterinary clinical science and an as extension veterinarian. He pioneered the concept of preconditioning programs for weaned calves, which culminated in the Iowa “Green Tag” program. Dr. Herrick played a leading role in starting the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Society for Theriogenology, the use of artificial insemination and standards of semen production and for his work in brucellosis eradication and mastitis control. He also was a past president of American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Extension Veterinarians. Until his death in 2007, Herrick spent his retirement years as an animal-health consultant.