Grotelueschen Named Veterinarian of the Year

Dale Grotelueschen received the veterinarian of the year award from the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association at a banquet held Jan. 25 in LaVista.
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Dale Grotelueschen, veterinarian and director of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) has been named veterinarian of the year by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). Grotelueschen received the award at the NVMA annual convention on Jan. 25 in LaVista.

 “The NVMA fills a very important role for veterinary medicine in Nebraska. I have been able to serve and learn from so many talented NVMA members during my career and I’m honored to receive this award,” Grotelueschen said.

The veterinarian of the year award is presented annually to an NVMA member who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in the state of Nebraska. Service to the state association and profession; service to community; service to family and other responsibilities.

Grotelueschen has served as GPVEC director since 2013. Located near Clay Center, GPVEC provides leadership and opportunity for advanced study in food animal production management, training for veterinary students, graduate veterinarians and others from across the U.S. and internationally.

Grotelueschen holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in clinical sciences from Colorado State University. He worked in private veterinary practice before serving for 16 years as a professor of veterinary extension diagnostics at Nebraska and director of the Panhandle Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Scottsbluff. Prior to coming to GPVEC, Grotelueschen worked for 13 years as a technical services veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis.

The NVMA strives to promote animal health, public safety and the human/animal bond relationship by providing education for its members, enhancing public awareness of veterinary medicine and serving as an advocate in governmental matters. There are currently 582 members and 60 student members.

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