Mark Spire, DVM, MS, ACT, Merck Animal Health
With more than 35 years in the animal health industry, Dr. Spire served as a post veterinarian and captain in the U.S. Army, a professor at Kansas State University (KSU), and now in technical services for Merck Animal Health. While at KSU, Dr. Spire’s research efforts focused on beef quality assurance, feedyard and stocker health and management, disease surveillance, embryo transfer and total herd management. Spire is a past president of AABP.
Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University
Dr. Thomson currently serves on the faculty and as director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. He formerly worked as a feedyard veterinarian for Cactus Feedersin Texas. Thomson recently served as chairman of the World Organization for Animal Health Beef Cattle Production and Animal Welfare Committee. Thomson also hosts DocTalk, a weekly 30-minute television program that covers a wide range of topics relatingto animal care, animal health and food production. The program airs on RFD-TV and on BovineVetOnline.
Amelia Woolums, DVM, MVSc, PhD, ACVIM, ACVM, University of Georgia
As a researcher, Dr. Woolums has focused on the immune response to respiratory diseases and respiratory vaccination in cattle, and she’s well known for practical outreach to producers. She’s also made a mark as a teacher. One of her nominations for this list came from the University of Georgia’s student AABP chapter, which wrote: “Dr. Woolums serves as a student advisor and dedicates much of her time to ensuring that her students truly receive the best education possible, often putting the students’ needs above her own.”