Hundreds of cattle production veterinarians gathered to celebrate the central role that veterinarians have in food production and recognize two men for their incredible contributions to the industry.
Harold Amstutz, D.V.M., and Dan Upson, D.V.M., M.S. Ph.D., were honored as the inaugural inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF) Sept. 24. A special banquet was held in their honor during the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis.
“During the course of our industry’s history, the art and science of veterinary medicine have been intertwined, and there always has been a symbiosis as a result,” said Keith Sterner, D.V.M., keynote speaker for the event. “Veterinary medicine has been instrumental in improving the health of cattle, as well as in helping to ensure that foods derived from them are healthy and wholesome for consumers.”
The CPVHOF was established to celebrate the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers. The inductees were selected from among their peers, and all AABP and Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) members had the opportunity to vote for one beef and one dairy veterinarian.
Dr. Harold Amstutz, West Lafayette, Ind.
2011 Dairy Inductee
Dr. Amstutz is well known for pioneering and supporting both national and international organizations for bovine veterinarians. He held several leadership positions throughout his career, including roles as president of the World Association for Buiatrics and the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. He also served as chairman of the organizing committee and president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He also served AABP in various capacities, including 23 years as the organization’s first executive vice president.
“During the years of my association with Dr. Amstutz, I could not begin to count the ways that he has served as an example and mentor,” said Dr. Sterner, who has known Dr. Amstutz for many years and presented the award. “His personal qualities along with the breadth and scope of his contributions to our profession and society as a whole make him incredibly deserving of this great honor.”
Born near Barrs Mill, Ohio, Dr. Amstutz received his bachelor’s and veterinary medical degrees from The Ohio State University. He had a private veterinary practice in Orrville, Ohio, before becoming an instructor of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University, where he later became chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine. He moved on to become head of the Department of Veterinary Clinics at Purdue University and served as the section head of large animal medicine. His research focused on calf diseases, bovine respiratory disease, dehorning, bovine lameness and stray voltage.