During the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference last month, the organization and sponsoring companies recognized several outstanding beef and dairy veterinarians with prestigious awards.

AABP awards recognize excellence in veterinary medicineThe Merial Excellence in Preventative Medicine Awards, initiated in 1982, recognizes one dairy veterinarian and one beef veterinarian each year. This year’s dairy award went to Dr. Scott Tripp, with DHI Provo in Utah. The Beef award honored Dr. Randall Spare, with the Ashland Veterinary Clinic in Ashland, Kan.

The AABP Award of Excellence recognizes the contributions of veterinarians who serve in academia, government and industry. This year’s award went to Dr Ken Nordlund , a dairy specialist at the University of Wisconsin.

The Zoetis Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Bob Van Saun, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Penn State University.  

The James A. Jarrett Award for Young Leaders weint to Dr. Ben Wileman, with Epitopix LLC in Willmar, Minn.

The Merck Mentor of the Year Award with to Dr. Robert H. (Bob) BonDurant a professor of food animal reproduction in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Bovine Practitioner of the Year Award went to Dr. Tom Latta, with the Hansford County Veterinary Hospital in Spearman, Texas.

Also during the conference, AABP held its Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame banquet, and inducted two new members to the hall of fame. The program is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, AABP, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Osborn & Barr and Bovine Veterinarian. Each year the hall inducts one dairy and one beef veterinarian, recognizing a lifetime of exceptional service to the industry.

This year’s dairy inductee is the late Dr. Elmer Woelffer of Oconomowoc, Wis. Many consider Dr. Woelffer the father of bovine reproductive programs, as he pioneered the integration of sound scientific principles into bovine reproduction.

Dr. Don Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo. is this year’s beef-veterinarian inductee to the hall of fame. Dr. Williams developed the first national preconditioning program, was an early researcher into the cause of sudden-death syndrome in feedlot cattle and helped found the AABP, serving on the organizing board of directors and was elected president during the association’s first meeting.