During the recent American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) conference, Merial announced its 2016 Excellence in Preventative Medicine Award winners, Dr. Tom Portillo for beef practice and Dr. Greg Crosley for dairy practice.

Dr. Tom Portillo, who currently practices in Amarillo, Texas, graduated from Colorado State University in 1997. He then spent three years practicing in New Mexico and Arizona, where he focused on equine medicine and large animal production medicine. Portillo joined Veterinary Research & Consulting Services in Greeley, Colo. in 2000, focusing entirely on feedlot consultation. In 2008 he moved to Amarillo to work in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on Investigational New Animal Drug approvals and post-approval pharmaceutical research and technical support. Portillo returned to private practice in 2011, and currently focuses on feedlot, stocker/backgrounder, cow-calf production medicine and in-clinic equine medicine and surgery.

Dr. Greg Crosley is the owner and one of the founding partners of Countryside Veterinary Service, Somerset, Mich..  He joined the practice in 1981 and became a partner in 1982.  Dr. Crosley has developed skills in ultrasonography (since 1997), surgery, sick and lame cow diagnosis and treatment.  He has studied Spanish since 2000 and has been teaching Hispanic herdsman classes since 2005.  He also augmented his skills by taking all three University of Minnesota classes in DC305 as well as gaining proficiency in Excel spreadsheets.  Dr. Crosley also has experience in equine reproduction, dentistry, colic and interest in lameness and nutrition in horses.