Five distinguished cattle veterinarians – including two dairy veterinarians – have been nominated for the 2014 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. The fourth annual Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at this year’s AABP Annual Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 18-20, 2014.
Dairy nominees include:
• John Dahl, D.V.M., of Waunakee, Wis., served in private practice for more than 20 years and worked for BouMatic for more than 10 years, advancing to serve as president. He then served as director of the teaching hospital at the newly established University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Association.
• Maarten Drost, D.V.M., is a world-renowned expert in bovine reproduction known for his ground-breaking work in embryo transfer technology, pregnancy recognition and fertility management. He’s worked in private practice and served as captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and on the faculty of both the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Beef nominees include: David Bechtol, D.V.M., Canyon, Texas; Dallas Horton, D.V.M., Eaton, Colo.; and Ed Johnson, D.V.M., Parma, Idaho.
The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was created in 2011 to honor exceptional individuals who have made lasting contributions to the veterinary profession throughout their careers in preventive health medicine, agricultural policy, rotational grazing, bovine reproduction and milk quality.
Merck Animal Health coordinates the nomination process. Five organizations founded and sponsor the Hall of Fame – Merck Animal Health, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), Bovine Veterinarian and Osborn Barr.
Voting is currently underway and will remain open until Aug. 5. Members of the AVC and the AABP may vote for one beef and one dairy nominee. AVC members may vote during the organization’s spring and summer conferences or online at www.avc-beef.org/halloffame. AABP members may vote online at www.aabp.org/halloffame.