These annual awards honor Dr. Bruce Wren, a long-time AgriLabs Technical Services veterinarian, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to practical and formal continuing education for veterinarians.
The selection process was managed by a committee headed by Dr. Gatz Riddell, AABP [www.aabp.org]. The grants seek to encourage veterinarians working with beef or dairy cattle who have expressed a desire to expand their skills and knowledge to further develop within their field of expertise in veterinary practice.
"AgriLabs expects these awards to facilitate Dr. Wren's efforts to encourage veterinarians to identify and participate in professional-development opportunities that enable them to be the best they can be within their profession and to better serve their clients and industry," said Jim Glassford.
Each $5,000 grant will be used by the winners -- who have earned their veterinary degree within the past 10 years -- to make possible the professional continuing education proposals they submitted. Proposals could focus on:
Individual Animal Medicine - to enable practitioners to further his/her knowledge and skills in basic animal medicine, including diagnosis, treatment, surgery, case management, pain management or patient welfare.
Production Medicine - for veterinarians seeking to developing or implement herd protocols that enhance health and profitability, including records analysis, disease prevention, production enhancement, benchmarking, bio-security, or food safety.
The recipients were Dr. Amber Itle, Dairy Continuing Education Award winner, and Dr. Eric Behlke, Beef Continuing Education Award. Dr. Itle works with dairy cattle at the Kulshan Veterinary Hospital, a mixed practice in Lynden, WA. Dr. Behlke works for Feedlot Health Management Services primarily in animal health and feedlot production in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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