“What’s especially exciting about the new AgriLabs veterinary awards is the variety we’ll likely see in how these young veterinarians plan to improve their skills to become even more effective in bovine medicine,” says Riddell. “The planned professional development funded by the $5,000 grants from AgriLabs could range from participating in technical or business short courses, to advanced training, to ride-along time with an exemplary veterinarian. While each applicant’s experience will be different, the end result will be good not just for the participating veterinarian, but also for producers and the industry.”
Applying for these awards
Applications for the AgriLabs Bruce Wren Continuing-Education Beef Award for Young Veterinarians and the National Dairy Shrine Bruce Wren Young Veterinary Award sponsored by AgriLabs are available at www.aabp.org. The awards are open to veterinarians actively involved with a practice who graduated with a veterinary degree between June 1, 2000 and June 1, 2009.
The professional-development opportunity described in the application can apply to either individual-animal medicine (e.g., diagnosis, treatment, surgery, case management, pain management, patient welfare) or herd-production medicine (e.g., records analysis, disease prevention, production enhancement, benchmarking, biosecurity, food safety).
Building on a legacy of continuing education
These new AgriLabs young-veterinary awards are named in honor of Bruce Wren, D.V.M., Ph.D., who is highly regarded for his commitment to both practical and formal continuing education.
“Bruce’s service to the profession as a practitioner, a teacher, a veterinary pathologist and a technical-services veterinarian has been exemplary,” says Schram. “AgriLabs is so pleased to give back to the profession in his name with this significant award. Whether the young veterinarians receiving these $5,000 continuing-education grants come from single-veterinarian or multi-practitioner practices, or from areas with high or low beef and dairy concentrations, this investment will be good for bovine medicine.”