Dr. Ben Wileman (right) is awarded the Dr. Douglas A. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship by Armstrong’s son, Darren (center) and AVC President Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg.

Each year at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants spring meeting, the Douglas A. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship is awarded for excellence in beef cattle clinical research. In 1997 this $2,500 scholarship was created in honor of noted veterinary clinical researcher and scientist, Dr. Doug Armstrong, who as a practitioner and consultant laid the ground-work for his accomplishments as an investigator in veterinary research. Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, recipients must be actively enrolled in a veterinary school and have a current research project, or be a graduate veterinarian enrolled in a post-graduate degree program.

This year’s recipient, Ben Wileman, DVM, Kansas State University, was presented the award by Doug Armstrong’s son, Darin Armstrong, an architect from Omaha, Neb. “It was so appropriate that Darren Armstrong was present to meet Ben Wileman, this year’s recipient of the Doug Armstrong Memorial Scholarship,” says AVC’s Immediate Past President, Kelly Lechtenberg, DVM, PhD. “Doug would be very pleased to see the continuing impact that his legacy has left on our profession. We were blessed to have had Doug as a member and as a mentor. It was fun to see that he set the bar just as high for his children as he did for his peers.”

Wileman received his DVM from Iowa State University, practiced in South Dakota, and is currently working with Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute and pursuing a PhD in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology.