The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame added two prominent and influential veterinarians to its prestigious list of inductees during the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference last week. The 2014 beef inductee is Dacid Bechtol, DVM.

This year’s beef inductee is David Bechtol, a native Texan, who graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor Degree of Science in 1964 and received his DVM degree in 1965. Before attending college, Bechtol served in the United States Marine Corp.

Dr. Bechtol enters Hall of Fame as the 2014 beef inducteeAs founder and president of Palo Duro Consulting Research and Feedlot and Agri-Research Center, Inc. in Canyon, Texas, Bechtol has been one of the leading feedyard consultants and researchers over the past four decades.  Palo Duro Consulting, according to its mission statement, aims to serve as a link for research, education and problem solving between its research facility and the pharmaceutical, biological, feed additive and food animal industries, and to promote proper use of livestock products and provide the consuming public with a wholesome and economical supply of food.

Bechtol is a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), served as the academy’s first president in 1972 and 1973 and was selected as AVC Consultant of the Year in 1986. He was the first veterinarian to receive the Certified Angus Beef Industry Achievement Award at the Feeding Quality Forum in 2013. Along with numerous industry associations, boards and councils, Dr. Bechtol has also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University.

Bechtol has published numerous research papers in scientific journals, along with reference publications for veterinarians and cattle feeders including “Beef Production Medicine,” “Necropsy Techniques for Feedlot Personnel,” “Cattle Disease Guide” and “Cattle Treatment Guide.”  Those resources are available on his company’s website at paloduro-consulting.com.

Bechtol also is an accomplished photographer, an interest that began with using photographs as diagnostic and educational tools in veterinary medicine. During a 1985 consulting trip to South Africa, he became interested in wildlife photography, and he now specializes in that art form, focusing on animals and landscapes in the southwestern United States and internationally. His work has been selected for display in several prestigious shows and galleries.

About the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame

Since its inception in 2011, the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF) has selected two inductees each year, one whose veterinary career focused on dairy and one who focused on beef. This is the fourth class, with previous beef inductees being Dan Upson, DVM, PhD, John Herrick, DVM and Don Williams, DVM, MS. Previous dairy inductees are Harold Amstutz, DVM, Jim Jarrett, DVM and Elmer Woelffer, DVM.

The CPVHOF was established in 2011 to recognize the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine and honor the distinguished individuals who have made lasting contributions to the profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers.

The program is sponsored by the AABP, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Bovine Veterinarian magazine, Merck Animal Health and Osborn Barr. The group is proud to honor those who have dedicated their careers to advancing cattle production veterinary medicine.