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Dr. William Anderson Wins Inaugural
PRCA Veterinarian of the Year Award

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named Dr. William Anderson MU DVM ’80 the 2010 PRCA Veterinarian of the Year. Purina Mills sponsors the award.

The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show nominated Anderson of Haltom City, Texas, for the honor. He was recognized at the PRCA Contract Personnel Banquet on Dec. 1, 2010, in Las Vegas and Dec. 4 at the 52nd Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The award was created to recognize dedication to the health and welfare of rodeo livestock by veterinarians across the country.

“Purina greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with the PRCA in honoring the nominees and their dedication to the care and welfare of all animals, and in particular, rodeo livestock,” said Dr. Randel Raub with Purina.

Anderson has been affiliated with the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth for more than four decades, serving as the official rodeo veterinarian for 30 years. His experience with the rodeo started in 1965 when he assisted his father, Dr. Dan Anderson, who served as the rodeo veterinarian from 1965 to 1980. In 1980, the younger Anderson assumed the title of official rodeo veterinarian. He spends more than three weeks away from his mixed animal practice to be on-site at the Fort Worth rodeo. Anderson also serves on both the board of directors and the executive committee of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. His other civic activities include serving as the official veterinarian of the Fort Worth Mounted Police Patrol and the veterinarian and consultant to the iconic Fort Worth Herd – the herd of longhorn steers that are on display in the historic stockyards.

“We all work for the welfare of the animals,” Anderson said. “That's the bottom line. We are there to assure a great pen of healthy animal athletes.”

The other finalists for the award were Charles Graham, DVM, Elgin, Texas; Ben Konishi, DVM, Alamosa, Colo.; Norm Swanson, DVM, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Gregg Veneklasen, DVM, Canyon, Texas.

“All of the nominations were of exceptional quality, absolutely outstanding and that made it very difficult to make a decision,” stated Doug Corey, DVM, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and chairman of the PRCA Animal Welfare Committee. “It makes me proud to be associated with the PRCA and to know that contestants, committees, stock contractors, judges and others think so highly of the veterinarians they work with.”

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