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Veterinarians honored at annual South Dakota Medical Association medical meeting

The South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association held its 123rd Annual Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls Aug. 10-13. The meeting included continuing education opportunities for nearly 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians, recognized outstanding accomplishments by professionals in the veterinary fields, and included the annual membership meeting.

Distinguished Service Award

The recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award was Dr. James Bailey of Brookings. He received his veterinary education from Iowa State University. In 1968, Dr. Bailey joined the SDSU faculty as the Extension Veterinarian. He served as the SDVMA Secretary/Treasurer from 1972-1985, and was the Executive Director of the SDVMA from 1985-1996.

Dr. Bailey's distinguished career includes numerous accomplishments. In 1969, Bailey was one of the original Extension personnel to compile the fact sheets that became the present Pork Industry Handbook. He was honored by the American Association of Extension Veterinarians as the Veterinarian of the Year, and also received the SDVMA Veterinarian of the Year award.

Dr. Bailey received the South Dakota Pork Producers Council Distinguished Service Award in 1976 and was named an Honorary Pork Producer.

He was a charter member of the American Association of Swine Practitioners in 1969. He served as the organization's first secretary in 1972 and as the president in 1980-81. He was granted the distinguished Howard Dunn Memorial Award for extraordinary service to veterinary medicine and the swine industry in 1986.

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Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine presented Dr. Bailey the prestigious Stange Memorial Award for distinguished alumni in 1984.

In 1997 SDSU's Herd Health Conference was renamed the James Bailey Herd Health Conference in recognition of Dr. Bailey's contributions to veterinary medicine in South Dakota.

Dr. Bailey and his wife Roberta live in Brookings. They have five children, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. John Ismay of Sturgis was honored as SDVMA's Veterinarian of the Year. This award is made annually to an SDVMA member who has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession and to the animals and clients he serves. The award recognizes a member for service and accomplishments benefitting the profession of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Ismay, a native of southwestern Colorado, graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in May of 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1969 with a minor in Chemistry.

In 1972, he purchased the Sturgis Veterinary Hospital. Over the years, with the dedication of a loyal staff, he developed the facility into an equine and companion animal referral center.

Dr. Ismay has published in both lay and scientific publications. He holds a patent on a surgical procedure to remove Uroliths (stones) from the equine urinary bladder.

He has served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Educational Programs Committee, Executive Committee of Veterinary Management Group 11, and Advisory Council for a large veterinary medical company.

Dr. Ismay and his wife Bonnie have two children and 8 grandchildren

Emerging Leader Award

Dr. Travis White of Wessington Springs received the 2014 SDVMA Emerging Leader Award. Dr. White was raised on a ranch just outside of Ashton, Idaho, about twelve miles from the West entrance of Yellowstone. At a young age living at the ranch, he found his love for caring for animals and knew that one day he would become a veterinarian.

He graduated with high honors from Utah State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science in 2005. Dr. White received his DVM from Washington State University. He was the President of the Veterinary Business Management Association and was recognized as being an Amstutz Scholar when he graduated in 2009.

After graduation five years ago, Dr. White, his wife Nann, and their daughters, ShyAnn, Kimber, Cale and Hadlee, moved to Wessington Springs. Two years ago, Dr. White and Nann took over the practice.

Dr. White is currently the SDVMA Vice President.

Outstanding Veterinary Technician

Marlene Gannon was named the 2014 Outstanding Veterinary Technician. Marlene was raised on a dairy and beef farm near Beresford S.D. She attended Bel Rae Institute of Animal Technology in Denver. She graduated in 1982 and joined the staff at Dakota Large Animal Clinic.

Marlene is the "go-to" person at the clinic. Her organizational skills and her knowledge of veterinary medicine and technical skills make her an asset to the veterinarians she works with, the animals they serve and their owners. She is an excellent teacher and has helped many new veterinary technicians and new veterinarians with her depth of knowledge and her professionalism.

Marlene and her husband Steve live on a farm near Harrisburg and have three children and 10 grandchildren.

Life Members

Bruce Teachout, Yankton; John Bakker, Madison; and Roger Genetzky, Brookings; attained life membership status in the SDVMA for their years of practice. Life members have attained the age of 65 and have been members of SDVMA for at least 20 years.

Bill Davis Award

John Rehmeier, St. Onge, received the Bill Davis award. This award is given annually to a sales representative of a veterinary supply company who has demonstrated an unusual degree of service and assistance to veterinarians and the veterinary profession in South Dakota.

He is the Territory Manager covering western South Dakota and southwest North Dakota for the Boehringer Ingelheim Cattle Division as a member of the Mountain West Cattle Region.

John and his wife Laurie live in St. Onge, SD. They have 4 children, Geanina, Tyler, Kyle, and Hannah.

The following board members were elected for the coming year: Dr. Todd Carr, Sioux Falls, president; Dr. Christy Teets, Rapid City, president-elect; Dr. Travis White, Wessington Springs, vice president; Dr. Michelle Jensen, Harrisburg, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Ethan Andress, Hettinger, N.D., District 3 representative. Other board members are Dr. Mark Braunschmidt, Sioux Falls, District 1 representative; Dr. Chanda Nilsson, Groton, District 2 representative; Dr. Chris Chase, Brookings, AVMA delegate; and Dr. Cindy Franklin, Yankton, AVMA alternate delegate.

The 2015 SDVMA annual meeting will be held Aug. 9 – 12 in Sioux Falls.

– South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association