Dr. John Davidson, winner of this year’s Zoetis Distinguished Service Award at the recent American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference, is no stranger to service.
After years of active involvement and leadership in AABP, the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. technical services veterinarian served as the organization’s president in 2014/2015. Last fall he was succeeded by Dr. Fred Gingrich of Ashland, Ohio, but midway through his term, Dr. Gingrich accepted an offer to become the AABP Executive VP, upon the retirement of the current Executive VP Dr. Gatz Riddell. That transition required Dr. Gingrich to step down as president and AABP called on its immediate past president, Dr. Davidson, to step up and fill the role of president for several more months. Davidson did so without complaint, guiding the organization through its 49th annual conference this September.
Davidson grew up in South Texas ad participated in multiple sports, played in the band and served in the Cadet Corps at Texas A&M University. He earned his DVM degree in 2001 and opened a pair of practices in East Texas before moving to the Texas A&M faculty in 2011. He now serves as a technical services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. and lives in Shiner, Texas.
It is worth noting that the Distinguished Service Award is sponsored by Zoetis, a strong competitor with Davidson’s employer, which exemplifies the level of collegiality and mutual respect among bovine veterinarians.