The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) announced that one of its legendary members and the founder of the AABP Amstutz Scholarship, Harold E. Amstutz, DVM, 93, passed away yesterday evening, June 11. Amstutz was recovering from a recent hip injury and experienced surgical complications.
Dr. Amstutz attained legendary status in the veterinary community for his tireless commitment to bovine medicine and the support of veterinary students interested in bovine medicine. In 2011, Dr. Amstutz and Dr. Dan Upson became the first two veterinarians inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame at AABP’s annual conference in St. Louis. Dr. Amstutz was there to accept his award in person.
A native of Barrs Mill, Ohio, Dr. Amstutz received his DVM from Ohio State University in 1945. He practiced briefly in Ohio before becoming an instructor in veterinary medicine at his alma mater. He attained professorship at OSU in 1957. In 1961, he was selected to be the Department Head for Large Animal Clinical Medicine at the newly formed veterinary school at Purdue University. He spent the remainder of his professional career at Purdue retiring in 1989.
Dr. Amstutz was widely recognized as an authority on bovine diseases with special interest in bovine lameness and respiratory diseases. He was a respected consultant and lecturer presenting his work at numerous national and international conferences. He received numerous awards, including the Norden Award for outstanding teaching in dairy cattle diseases and the National Gamma Award from Omega Tau Sigma veterinary medical fraternity. In 1986, AABP established the Amstutz-Williams Award in honor of Drs. Amstutz and Eric J. Williams to recognize the long and distinguished service to AABP of two honorees. The Amstutz-Williams Award is AABP’s highest honor and Dr. Amstutz and Williams were the first recipients of this award.
Dr. Amstutz was a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He served as first vice president and organizer for the 6th International Congress for the World Association of Buiatrics (WAB) and its joint meeting with AABP in Philadelphia in 1970. He went on to serve as president, and honorary president for WAB. At the 1992 joint meeting of AABP and WAB in St. Paul, Minn., Dr. Amstutz was awarded the prestigious Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Award for his contributions to veterinary science as a clinician and administrator.
Dr. Amstutz was a member of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).