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 dairy inductee is Maarten Drost DVM, ACT.

Hall of Fame inducts Dr. Maarten DrostThis year’s dairy inductee to the CPVHOF Maarten Drost was born and raised in The Netherlands and immigrated to the USA where he received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1962. He worked in private practice in California and served as a captain the US Army Veterinary Corps in Germany. He was a visiting associate professor at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and at State University at Utrecht, The Netherlands, and a visiting professor at Colorado State University’s embryo transfer unit.

Subsequently, Drost served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and in 1977 became a founding father of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, where he now retains the title of Professor Emeritus.

Drost is widely renowned for his expertise in bovine reproduction, including groundbreaking work on the mechanism of the initiation of parturition through fetal surgery, pregnancy recognition, fertility management, and advanced reproductive technology such as embryo transfer, in-vitro fertilization and cloning.

He also founded the Drost Project, an online collection of visual guides to reproduction covering water buffalo, horses, sheep, pigs, goats and now dogs in addition to cattle. The website’s Visual Guide to Bovine Reproduction offers an extensive collection of detailed slide shows featuring photos and diagrams covering the female and male reproductive systems, estrus detection, reproductive management, pregnancy, obstetrics, post-partum care, ultrasonography, reproductive technology and more.  The Drost Project is a Global Education resource of interest to specialists, veterinary practitioners, educators and students in the fields of animal reproduction, veterinary medicine or animal sciences.  A Chinese translation of the Visual Guide to Bovine Reproduction currently is in development. Find this outstanding resource at drostproject.org.

In 2003, Drost was named the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s Teacher of the Year. Previously, he received UF’s Distinguished Faculty Award, the Egyptian Veterinary Association’s Science Pioneer Prize and UF’s Teaching Improvement Award.

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.