Colette Johnston, Dairy Quality Center, Sam Evans, DVM and Tom Van Dyke, DVM, Merial.
Colette Johnston, Dairy Quality Center, Sam Evans, DVM and Tom Van Dyke, DVM, Merial.

At the 48th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in New Orleans, La., Sam Evans, DVM, from Sandersville, Ga., was recognized for his participation in the Dairy Quality Center's Verified Premium Plus Program during the Dessert Reception sponsored by Merial.

Keith R. Carlson, Executive Director of the Dairy Quality Center, is pleased to announce Dr. Evans as the Quality Veterinarian of the Year. "Dr. Evans’ dedication to his dairy clients includes the verification process to review various protocols and support regular training programs at the dairies," Carlson says. One of Dr. Evans’ main goals for his clients is to produce safe and high-quality milk and dairy beef for consumers.  Through the Verified Premium Plus Program, his clients earn premiums beyond grade and yield for their direct-marketed dairy beef.  Dr. Evans’ consultation helps dairy producers eliminate violative residues when marketing milk and dairy beef.
Merial, a world-leading animal health company, Duluth, Ga., and the Dairy Quality Center (DQC), Stratford, Iowa, co-sponsor this annual award designed to recognize veterinarians who help dairy producers implement quality management practices within their operation.
"We are proud to support this award as part of our continued commitment to supporting the veterinarians who have a positive impact on the sustainability of the dairy industry," says Tom Van Dyke, DVM, Manager of Veterinary Services, Merial. "We applaud Dr. Evans’ dedication to strengthening production practices in an effort to produce the highest quality milk and dairy beef possible and keep the dairy sustainable."
Dr. Evans is associated with the Sandersville Veterinary Clinic in Sandersville, Ga., and recently opened a second clinic in Swainsboro, Ga. He is committed to his producers and their dairies, and strives to guide and them to be profitable. Dr. Evans upholds the example that the veterinary/client relationship is viable and necessary for the success of all involved.
Congratulations to you, Dr. Evans, for your commitment to the sustainability of your dairy clients and to the dairy industry!
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