Among the awards presented during the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference, the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF) induction stands out for its recognition of each inductee’s lifetime achievements. Every year since 2011, the CPVHOF has honored one beef veterinarian and one dairy veterinarian, selected by their peers from a group of nominees.
This year, nearly 2,000 attendees had the privilege of honoring the 2016 inductees, Roger J. Panciera, DVM, and Keith E. Sterner, DVM, during the 49th AABP Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“The beef and dairy industries have been fortunate to benefit from the knowledge and contributions provided by these two outstanding veterinarians,” says Brent Meyer, DVM., beef cattle technical services, Merck Animal Health. “Dr. Panciera and Dr. Sterner have contributed to the cattle industry through scientific advancements and disease control, however, their biggest contribution may be the legacy they leave through the students they taught.”
2016 Beef Inductee – Dr. Roger J. Panciera (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Panciera received his D.V.M. from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1953 and a MS and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He then returned to OSU where he achieved international recognition by influencing generations of students, residents, practitioners and pathologists. He has had an extraordinary influence on beef cattle production and disease control by providing both scientific contributions and education to veterinarians and producers.
Jerry W. Ritchey, DVM, PhD, professor and head at the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at OSU, notes Panciera’s research and diagnostic accomplishments, adding that “what is truly remarkable and immeasurable is his impact on generations of practicing veterinarians and the inspiration he has provided to hundreds of veterinary pathologists currently working all over the world.”
The hallmark of Panciera’s teaching philosophy was developing thought processes rather than relying on memorization. He is legendary on the necropsy floor, working with students and trainees, squeezing every possible learning opportunity from each necropsy case.
Panciera is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, a distinguished member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a Distinguished Alumnus of OSU. He is a member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame and he was the first person chosen Distinguished Alumnus of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
2016 Dairy Inductee – Dr. Keith E. Sterner (Ionia, Michigan)
Sterner is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he completed his DVM degree in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps from 1970 to 1972, then went into private veterinary practice in Ionia, Michigan with his father, the late Dr. Edward F. Sterner. There he became an owner and partner until his retirement in late 2011, and remains active as a consultant and a backup for the practice. In 1982, Dr. Sterner collaborated with Dr. Jorgen Grymer in developing the Grymer/Sterner® toggle suture method of left displaced abomasum (LDA) repair.
“One of the most memorable aspects of our practice, outside of our clients and their animals, were the hundreds of veterinary students that we mentored from all over the world,” Sterner says. “Their presence provided a constant stimulus for our own continuing education. Many long-time friendships have been forged and we consider a great number of them as family.”
Over his career, Sterner has been active in organized veterinary medicine including several national leadership roles. His leadership within the AABP was crucial in the development of the extra-label drug use policies. He also served as chairperson for the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee while the agency developed its framework document on antimicrobial drug categories. Dr. Sterner also has been a champion of quality assurance for beef and dairy and currently serves on the NCBA Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board as a dairy representative. He continues to pursue his interest in organized veterinary medicine, veterinary devices and inventions in his “retirement.”
The Hall of Fame is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Bovine Veterinarian magazine and Osborn Barr.
In good company
Previous inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame are:
Dr. Dan Upson – Manhattan, Kansas (beef)
Dr. Harold Amstutz – West Lafayette, Indiana (dairy)
Dr. John Herrick – Paradise Valley, Arizona (beef)
Dr. Jim Jarrett – Rome, Georgia (dairy)
Dr. Don Williams – Colorado Spring, Colorado (beef)
Dr. Elmer Woelffer – Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (Dairy)
Dr. David Bechtol – Canyon, Texas (beef)
Dr. Maarten Drost – Gainesville, Florida (dairy)
Dr. Gary Rupp – Oak, Nebraska (beef)
Dr. Jenks Britt – Bowling Green, Kentucky (dairy)