Dr. Dave Rhoda, of Evansville, Wis., received the 2011 WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award during the WVMA Annual Meeting on Oct. 21 in Madison, Wis.

The annual meeting was took place as a part of the WVMA’s 96th Annual Convention held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Dr. Tom Howard presented the prestigious award.

Howard calls Rhoda a true visionary, teacher and wonderful colleague.

Rhoda received his DVM from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. Now retired, Rhoda spent his veterinary career practicing large animal medicine at the Evansville Veterinary Service and he has been a member of the WVMA for more than 40 years.

In his introduction speech, Howard described Rhoda as “a practitioner’s practitioner, an innovator, and a mentor to veterinarians, veterinary students, and producers alike. He understands the importance of the human touch in providing the knowledge, and inspiration of all of us to care for the cow and the food products she provides.

“He is a servant-leader who has devoted a significant part of his life to all of us through service to the WVMA on its Executive Board, many committees and task forces. He has been recognized within and outside the profession, including the 2004 AABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year Award, the WVMA Meritorious Service Award, and just this year by AgSource Cooperative for his support of the use of DHI and DHI records. In addition, he is a widely appreciated contributor to the Hoard’s Dairyman Cowside Practice column. To say that he reflects well on the veterinary medical profession in Wisconsin is a huge understatement.”

Currently, Rhoda serves on the WVMA Drug Residue Task Force and is a senior lecturer in dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.