Vet Med professor Receives Prestigious AASRP Award
This article was written by Kaylie Wehr, OSU coorindator, marketing and public relations.
The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners has awarded Dr. Meredyth Jones the Dr. George McConnell Award.
Jones is an associate professor of food animal medicine in the veterinary clinical sciences department at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
The George McConnell Award is one of only two awards given to a veterinarian to recognize an individual who exemplifies the ideals and dedication of George McConnell and who has given extraordinary service to both the association and small ruminant practice. Due to the prestigious nature of this award, it is not given every year and Jones is only the tenth veterinarian to receive it.
Jones was elated to hear of her selection for the award.
“Thank you so much for this,” Jones said. “I am really stunned and honored.”
Jones graduated from OSU CVM in 2002, following her father’s footsteps into veterinary medicine. In 2006, she earned the title of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Large Animal Internal Medicine Diplomat. Jones is also the CEO of Large Animal C&E, a premier resource for online continuing education.
Jones’ career has led her to be a much sought-after veterinary leader. She is a frequent speaker at producer and veterinary continuing education meetings and is a collaborator in teaching and research projects. Jones has authored more than 30 textbook chapters and has received numerous veterinary awards for her contributions.
Jones has been active on the AASRP Board of Directors since 2018. She served as the association’s treasurer from 2018 to 2022, and as a member of the Student Education Committee. Jones is also very active in her worldwide community, giving of her time and talent to help agricultural producers in developing nations and by actively helping youth in her local community.
The awardee receives an individualized, engraved myrtlewood plaque that is created in Salem, Oregon. The presentation of this award will be given at the AASRP Annual Membership Meeting.
"I am still just in shock about this award and am so honored,” Jones said. “I would like to thank Dr. Paul Jones for securing the special myrtlewood plaque.”
The AASRP exists to improve the health and welfare of sheep, goats, camelids (i.e., llamas and alpacas) and cervids (i.e., deer and elk). Established in 1968, it encourages education, research and training to promote good health and productivity for the benefit of the industry worldwide. The AASRP has more than 1,100 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.