The 50th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) conference kicked off Wednesday night with a reception sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. During the reception, Boehringer Ingelheim and the Dairy Quality Center presented Dr. Robert Harding with the 2017 Dairy Quality Veterinarian of the Year award.

Harding grew up on a farm in southern Alberta, and aspired to become a veterinarian since the age of eight. He spent his undergraduate years at Brigham Young University and earned his DVM at Washington State University. He now operates a dairy practice in Utah, where he focuses on cow comfort, antibiotic stewardship, data-based management and milk quality.

Boehringer Ingelheim and the Dairy Quality Center sponsor the annual Dairy Quality Veterinarian of the Year award.