During its recent annual meeting in Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Veterinary Association (SDVMA) granted awards to several of the state’s outstanding veterinarians.

Sam Holland, DVM, received the association’s Distinguished Service Award. According to an article from the Tri-State Neighbor, Holland operated a private large-animal practice for 15 years before becoming South Dakota’s assistant state veterinarian and then state veterinarian. He spent 23 years in public service until retiring in 2009. He currently serves as executive director of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Examining Board.

James McKnight, DVM, was honored as SDVMA’s Veterinarian of the Year. McKnight, of Brookings, . has been active in the Interstate Veterinary Medical Association, SDVMA and the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Examining Board.

Chanda Nilsson, DVM, was selected for the Emerging Leader Award, which honors an SDVMA member who graduated from veterinary school within the past 10 years and has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement iearly in their career.  

Nilsson earned her veterinary degree from Iowa State University in 2011 and currently practices at Groton Veterinary Clinic, a mixed-animal practice.

SDVMA also grants an award to the year’s outstanding veterinary technician, and this year honored Teanna Aduddell of Rapid City. Aduddell studied veterinary technology at  North Dakota State University and currently works as a technician at Noah’s Ark in Rapid City, where she has served since March 2009.