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WVC Honors CVM Faculty
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Dr. Robert Smith, a member of the WVC Board of Directors, congratulates Dr. Robert Miller, the recipient of the WVC Meritorious Service Award 2010.
Dr. Carolyn Henry (right), associate professor of oncology with dual appointments at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri, is pictured with Dr. Brad White, a member of the WVC Board of Directors (left), and the recipients of the 2010 Dr. Jeffrey W. Tyler Food Animal Incentive Awards (from left), Dr. Marc Caldwell, Auburn University; Dr. Kathryn Cass, Oklahoma State University; Dr. Craig Easley, Mississippi State University; Dr. Isaiah J. Smith, University of Georgia; and Dr. Brandon D. McBride, Kansas State University. This year’ awards were presented in honor of Henry’s late husband.

Dr. Robert Miller, retired associate professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Meritorious Service Award 2010 during the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) held April 14-18, 2010, in Las Vegas. The award is presented to past or present members of the WVC Board of Directors for exceptional service over time, unselfish dedication to veterinary education, advancement of veterinary knowledge, and substantial contributions to the conference as well as veterinary medicine in the United State and internationally.

Miller was the food animal area coordinator and a faculty member in the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Department for several decades. In addition to his role as a teacher, Miller held national leadership roles in a number of professional organizations. He retired from his regular faculty position in 1997. Since his retirement he has forged alliances with cattle-related industries and currently serves as director of the Missouri Institute for Cattle. With University Outreach and Extension, he developed an interactive education program for Missouri cattle producers to facilitate value-added production by avoiding ante mortem carcass damage via inappropriate injection techniques.

The WVC also honored the late Dr. Jeffrey W. Tyler MU College of Veterinary Medicine food animal professor and director of Strategic Initiatives in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Each year the WVC awards five scholarships to veterinarians who are pursuing post graduate education in food animal medicine. This year the awards were made in memory of Tyler for his contributions to the science of food and fiber production and his efforts to educate veterinarians in that area. Tyler, who died May 17, 2009, served as the large animal coordinator for the WVC for nearly four years.

The Western Veterinary Conference provides comprehensive continuing education to veterinary professionals and related groups. Founded in 1928, it is an interactive educational opportunity and a networking event for the veterinary community. Attendees can choose from more than 800 hours of continuing education with world-renowned instructors.

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