American Association of Bovine Practitioners Names New Officers

OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 7, 2009) – The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) recently announced its officers for the upcoming year at its 42nd annual conference in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 9-12. The new 2009-2010 officers are:

• President, Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, from Cazenovia, New York, will represent AABP membership on a day-to-day basis, overseeing all facets of the organization.

• President-elect, Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM, from Baton Rouge, La., will have the responsibility to serve as the annual meeting program committee chairperson.

• Vice President, Brian Gerloff, DVM, PhD, from Marengo, Ill., will coordinate the next annual meeting’s preconference seminars.

Past AABP President Richard Wallace, DVM, MS, believes the unique volunteer nature of the organization is the key to its livelihood. “This organization serves as the pulse of not only the large animal sector, but the entire animal agriculture industry,” said Wallace. “We are excited to welcome the new officers.”

The organization’s objectives focus on providing continual education opportunities to bovine veterinarians and veterinary students while elevating practice standards and public awareness of the importance of large animal practice.

“My major goal is to continue AABP’s outreach efforts and increase our student membership,” said incoming president Saltman. “We must provide students and new veterinarians with education in areas that will prepare them for what will invariably be a different kind of practice in the next 25 years. This includes training in business management practices, entrepreneurship and managing human resources, in order to adapt to the changing role those veterinarians will have in the future.”

Saltman is currently the group director of U.S. cattle veterinary operations for Pfizer Animal Health. Prior to his current position, he worked in a private dairy practice in New York and then served in technical services roles at American Cyanamid Company, Roche Animal Health and Pharmacia Animal Health. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration at Syracuse University. He was presented the AABP Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and has served as treasurer and board member for the organization.

Navarre currently serves as an extension veterinarian with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Louisiana State University, and following graduation, worked in a private dairy practice in Texas before going to Texas A&M University for a large animal internal medicine residence and earning a master’s degree. She also worked within the Food Animal Section at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Navarre joined Louisiana State University’s AABP chapter while still in veterinary school and has been active in the group ever since.

For the last 23 years, Gerloff has been self-employed in a large dairy animal practice in northern Illinois. For the past four years, he has also been a partner with two of his dairy clients in a small cheese company, Prairie Pure Cheese, LLC. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, as well as a doctorate in dairy nutrition from its College of Agriculture. Gerloff has served on a number of AABP committees including the nutrition, Amstutz Scholarship and distance continuing education committees. He also received the AABP Merial Award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine in Dairy.

“With every year comes a dedicated new group of officers, ready and willing to volunteer their time and expertise to build upon the previous officers’ efforts,” said Gatz Riddell, DVM, executive vice president of AABP. “This organization has grown considerably and made a significant impact on the profession and the industries it serves through its history of leaders.”

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.

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