This week during its conference in Kansas City, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) named Doug Ford, DVM, as AVC Consultant of the Year.

Based in Brush, Colorado, Ford owns Beaver Creek Veterinary Clinic and is a member of Professional Animal Consultation (PAC), a large cattle-oriented veterinary consultation and research group. Ford is a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University who has spent 31 years in mixed animal practice including dairy, cow-calf, feedlot, regulatory medicine, livestock auctions and heifer spaying services. He has strong interests in bovine lameness, preventative medicine and low-stress handling of cattle.

AVC honored Ford for his strong commitment to serving his clients and animal agriculture overall, as well as his generosity in mentoring students and veterinarians. In accepting the award, he stressed his gratitude for the opportunity to learn by working alongside outstanding colleagues and mentors throughout his career. Ford and his wife Jan have five children, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-30s.

Formed in 1972, AVC is an association of veterinarians involved in beef cattle medicine, herd health programs and consultation. The international organization now has over 800 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, Scotland, South Africa and Israel. Each year during its winter meeting, AVC recognizes one of its members with the prestigious Consultant of the Year award.