John Herrick, DVM, and Jim Jarrett, DVM, were posthumously inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHoF) at the 45th Annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) conference last week in Montreal, Canada.
In its second year, the CPVHoF celebrates the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the extraordinary men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers. They are selected by their peers, including members of AABP and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), who had the opportunity to vote for one beef and one dairy veterinarian to be honored.
Last year’s inaugural inductees were Dan Upson, DVM, PhD and Harold Amstutz, DVM.
Jarrett made a lasting impression
Jarrett, of Rome, Ga., was a world-renowned dairy expert who focused on milk quality, dairy nutrition and reproductive management. He also co-founded the AABP Quality Milk Pre-conference Seminar. Jarrett passed away in 2005 at the age of 69.
Good friend and former AABP President Bob Smith, DVM, Stillwater, Okla., presented the award to Jarrett’s son, Robert Jarrett, MD, and daughter Joy Jarrett. “Jim was an expert in just about everything he set his mind to do, but his specialties were milk quality, dairy nutrition and reproductive management,” Smith said at the conference’s closing night gala and induction ceremony sponsored by Merck.
“Jim understood diseases well, but also knew that a holistic approach to disease control and production was imperative,” Smith added. “That understanding was one of the cornerstones of his success, and he had the supporting business and people skills to deliver the whole package.”
Among other veterinary organizations, Jarrett’s involvement with AABP was legendary, first from being a director, to president in 1978, co-founding the AABP Milk Quality Pre-Convention Seminar, and serving as the AABP executive vice president from 1993 to his medical retirement in early 2005. He received the AABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year, the Amstutz-Williams Award, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year among others.
Jarrett took great pride in veterinary medicine, but family was the most important thing in his life. He was married to his wife Margaret for more than 45 years, and had two children, Joy and Robert.
“In my mind, Jim followed his own advice,” Smith said. “Prioritize God, family, country and veterinary medicine. He tried to separate different from wrong, and he looked for the good in others.”