Kip Lukasiewicz, DVM, has been honored today at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants winter meeting with the AVC Consultant of the Year award, sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health.
Lukasiewicz, who lives in St. Paul, Neb., represents a new age of consulting veterinarians, says nominator Dee Griffin, DVM, MS, University of Nebraska. “He focuses more on cattle care and low-stress handling than many of us have in the past, with far less focus on emphasizing treatments.”
Lukasiewicz received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1999, was involved in two Nebraska practices, and started Sandhills Cattle Consultants Inc., in Ainsworth, Neb. in 2008, where he does 98% feedlot practice. His primary emphasis is on preventive health, disease prevention and animal well-being.
Griffin notes that Lukasiewicz spends significant amounts of time training pen riders, hospital and processing crew members, and that he stresses that if cattle and the crew are put first, many of the cattle health management issues will be minimized.
“All of the people in the cattle crew of yards he works with have expressed to me that ‘Dr. Kip shares what he knows in order to help us become better’,” Griffin says. Other comments from his clients include: "He listens and helps us acquire ‘his skills’”; "He likes us and never gets mad, he makes me proud of what I do in the feedyard’".
Lukasiewicz has also been very involved with veterinary students as well as 4-H and FF A students to help them better understand the link between animal husbandry and economic viability.
“In short, Dr. Kip models the professional qualities and characteristics an AVC member of his generation should view as traits that will in decades to come best represent the AVC to the beef industry and to the public,” Griffin says.
The AVC Consultant of the year must be an AVC member who is active in beef cattle consulting or practice. Nominations highlight the applicant’s accomplishments in the practice of bovine medicine, the quality and competency of their veterinary service, activities in organized veterinary medicine and the beef cattle industry, relationships and contributions to the beef cattle industry, related activities and achievements that have impacted the fed cattle industry and the relationship with their veterinary peers, among other things.
The award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 scholarship donated to the veterinary school of the recipient’s choice.
Find out more at www.avc-beef.org