Calling all Academy of Veterinary Consultants and American Association (AVC) of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) members! The second Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame voting opens April 13.
The award honors one beef and one dairy veterinarian who have made a significant impact on and contributions to their industry.
AVC members can vote in person at the April 12-14, AVC meeting in Washington, D.C., or the August 2-4 meeting in Kansas City, Mo., or online at www.avc-beef.org. AABP members can vote online at www.aabp.org/halloffame. Voting will remain open through Aug. 4. Each veterinarian can vote for one beef and one dairy veterinarian from the nominees.
Following the inaugural award in 2011 when Drs. Dan Upson and Harold Amstutz were honored, this year five individuals, representing more than 200 years of service in cattle production medicine, have been selected by their peers as nominees for this Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame.
The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to celebrate the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to the veterinary profession.
“This year’s nominees are true pioneers in cattle production medicine,” said Mark Spire, DVM, technical services manager for Merck Animal Health. “Each nominee deserves this prestigious award because of how his work has changed the landscape of the industry.”
Five organizations sponsor the hall of fame including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health and Osborn & Barr.
The five beef and dairy veterinarian nominees who will be voted on by their peers are:
Dr. John Herrick was an Iowa native and received his bachelor’s, master’s and veterinary medical degrees from Iowa State University. He practiced large-animal medicine before returning to Iowa State University, where he spent 35 years as a professor of veterinary clinical science and extension veterinarian. He pioneered the concept of preconditioning programs for weaned calves, which led to the Iowa “Green Tag” program. Herrick played a leading role in starting the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Society for Theriogenology, the use of artificial insemination and semen production standards. He also is known for his work on brucellosis and mastitis. He was a past president of American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Extension Veterinarians. Until his death in 2007, Herrick spent his retirement years as an animal-health consultant in Paradise Valley, Ariz.