During last week’s American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., the group honored outgoing Executive VP Gatz Riddell, DVM, with the prestigious Amstutz-Williams Award for his long-term dedication and leadership within the organization.

The award was established in 1986 in honor of Dr. Harold E. Amstutz who served the AABP as secretary-treasurer and executive vice president until 1993, and Dr. Eric I. Williams who was the editor of the Bovine Practitioner and Proceedings Book from 1969 until 1998.

The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the AABP and is only be presented when a highly qualified individual is nominated and selected for outstanding service to the veterinary profession. The recipient receives a hand carved wooden bull.

The award has been presented to only 11 individuals since its inception in 1986. The most recent recipient, Dr. Samuel Hutchins III, received the award in 2008. The list of distinguished recipients is posted on the AABP website.

Riddell, based in Auburn, Alabama, will retire at the end of this year, after serving 11 years as AABP’s executive VP. Prior to that he served in multiple leadership positions including president of AABP in 1994 and president of the North American Veterinary Conference. In 1999, AABP honored Riddell with its Award of Excellence.