KVMA honored six Kansas veterinarians at the recent KVMA annual meeting and awards lunch during the June Conference for Veterinarians in Manhattan on June 3, 2013.
Dr. Jerry Schrader, Great Bend, was named 2013 KVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Schrader still rotates through his turn on emergency duty one night a week and one weekend each month at the practice. Award presenter Dr. Bill Niederee, Great Bend, said that Dr. Schrader has represented the veterinary profession as well as anyone possibly could for more than 56 years and continues to practice with him full time at Countryside Veterinary Associates.
Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, KSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Manhattan, received the 2013 KSU Distinguished Service Award, presented by Dr. Gary Anderson, Manhattan, on behalf of the KVMA. Dr. Hanzlicek was honored for his selfless work on behalf of the Kansas livestock industry, presenting programs all over the state on trichomonasis in cattle and always being willing to assist cattle producers with unusual cases.
Dr. Eileen Warner, Animal Health Clinic, Inc., Coffeyville, was presented with the KVMA Distinguished Service Award by Dr. Eva Dudek, Parsons Pet Hospital. Dr. Dudek emphasized that Dr. Warner was a pioneer for women in veterinary medicine, graduating cum laude from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968 as one of only five women in a class of 74. After practicing in California and Oklahoma City, she returned to Kansas and eventually designed and opened her current Coffeyville clinic in 1988. She has held several positions in the First Christian Church, was president of the Longfellow Elementary School PTA, helped with the restoration of the historic Condon National Bank in Coffeyville and served as KVMA southeast district trustee.
The 2013 KVMA Lifetime Service Award went to Dr. Don McReynolds, Animal Medical Center, Chanute, and was presented by his associate, Dr. Meghan Vorhees. Dr. McReynolds has been in partnership with Dr. Billy LaRue in Chanute for 55 years, the longest veterinary partnership in Kansas. Dr. McReynolds has helped to eliminate several diseases, including brucellosis. He has served as president, secretary and board member for the local Kiwanis Club. He has been a member of the First United Methodist Church and its administrative board and was its council chairman. Dr. McReynolds has served as the KVMA southeast district treasurer for many years.
Dr. Ken Burton, Manhattan, received the KVMA President’s Award, presented by Dr. Tom Jernigan, Jernigan Veterinary Clinics, Council Grove, the 2012-2013 KVMA president. Dr. Burton served during Dr. Jernigan’s time as president as chairman of the KVMA Non Veterinary Practitioners Task Force and as a member of the KVMA Equine Dentistry Task Force. Dr. Burton has been a past president of the KVMA and a past winner of the president’s and veterinary of the year awards. Dr. Jernigan received the KVMA Past President’s Award for serving in that position the past year.
Dr. Rick Tanner, 2013 – 2014 KVMA president, recognizes Dr. Tom Jernigan for his service as KVMA president during 2012 – 2013.
Labette FFA Member Wins Veterinary Award
Jenna Bogner, Labette County FFA Chapter, was presented with the veterinary science proficiency award, sponsored by KVMA, at the recent 85th Kansas FFA Convention in Manhattan. The proficiency award program recognizes students for exceptional accomplishments and excellence in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program. This program allows students to set goals and gain real-world experience in a chosen area of the agriculture industry. Bogner had the unique experience of working at two veterinary clinics and has gained essential knowledge that will aid her in her goal of becoming a veterinarian. She has developed a variety of skills including: daily care of hospitalized animals, large and small animal handling, effective use of specialized equipment, and performance of low risk procedures with supervision. She will study animal science at KSU this fall and hopes to practice veterinary medicine in a rural area. She is the daughter of Gregory and Bobbie Bogner.