Dr. Dan Upson is a native of Kansas and received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University. Upson then entered private practice for seven years and went on to begin what became a 35-year tenure at Kansas State University teaching pharmacology and serving as a section leader in veterinary Extension. His contributions to the industry have led to the creation of tools and concepts comprising the basis for regulations dealing with oversight of veterinary prescription drug distributors and drug compounding, and he was instrumental in developing a model veterinary drug code. He is a past president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Don Williams is a Texas native and received his veterinary degree from Texas A&M University. After 18 years in private practice in Texas and Oklahoma, he became the first company veterinarian for Hitch Enterprises in Guymon, Okla., before moving into feedlot management as the manager of the Henry C. Hitch Feedlot. He developed the first national preconditioning program, Certified Preconditioned for Health, and was instrumental in developing large-scale cattle health programs, feedlot personnel training and scientific-based approaches to animal-health management. He is a founding member of the AVC and served on the organizing board of AABP. Williams has served as president of the Oklahoma VMA, AABP and National Cattlemen’s Foundation.
The three-dairy veterinarians nominated for the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame include:
Dr. Harold Amstutz is an Ohio native and received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University. He initially entered private practice in Orrville, Ohio, but he soon moved into a role at Ohio State University as an instructor in veterinary medicine and later became chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Purdue University was his next stop, and he became chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and moved up to be head of the Large Animal Medicine Section. Amstutz has served as the president of the World Association of Buiatrics, chairman of the organizing committee for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and later president of the college, president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and secretary/treasurer and executive director of AABP for 23 years.
Dr. Ken Leslie is a native of central Ontario and received his veterinary degree from the University of Guelph. Following graduation, he entered a dairy practice in Ontario, Canada. He returned to the University of Guelph, and his work led to an emerging research program in mastitis control, reproductive management and the field application of veterinary epidemiology. Leslie’s efforts contributed to the founding of one of the first Departments of Population Medicine in the world, and he was the founder of the first Dairy Health Management Certificate Program. His graduate training program and its subsequent research has expanded the application of a wide variety of bovine health and production medicine tools. Leslie also was instrumental in the development of the National Mastitis Council’s 10-Point Plan for Udder Health.