Bruce Brodersen, veterinarian, associate professor and diagnostic pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named veterinarian of the year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Brodersen received the award at the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) annual convention Jan. 21 in Kearney. 

"Being a part of the NVMA has been a very enriching experience for me, and the relationships that I've developed over the years with other practitioners have been invaluable."

The award is presented annually to an NVMA member who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in Nebraska and has shown service to the state association, profession, community, family and other responsibilities.

Brodersen has been an NVMA member since 2000. He was association president and is on the legislative and public relations committees. He was instrumental in developing the NVMA website and spearheaded Nebraska's first Oath in Action Day, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Brodersen pioneered the use of immunohistochemistry on ear notches from cattle as a means to detect persistent bovine viral diarrhea virus infection. 

"This has had a profound benefit on the control of BVD disease for bovine practitioners everywhere," said Vergil Heyer, who presented Brodersen with the award. 

Working in the Veterinary Diagnostic Center in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences since 1992, Brodersen assists veterinarians, their clients and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of disease. He also teaches second-year veterinary students in systemic pathology and public health.

The NVMA strives to promote animal health, public safety and the human/animal bond relationship by providing education for its members, enhancing public awareness of veterinary medicine and being an advocate in governmental matters. There are currently 582 members and 60 student members. 

For more information about the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, visit http://vbms.unl.edu.