In recognition of his dedication to advancing technology and information sharing among bovine veterinarians, Roger Winter, D.V.M. has been awarded the Academy of Veterinary Consultants’ (AVC) 2014 Outstanding Service Award. An advocate of continuous learning and professional advancement, Dr. Winter has committed his time and talent to ensuring that all AVC members have access to seminars, presentations, research data and more, not only to further strengthen veterinarians’ expertise, but also to advance the U.S. beef cattle industry.
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health for the past nine years, the annual award recognizes an AVC member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization, as well as the beef cattle and veterinary medical professions. In support of the company’s long-standing commitment to honoring those who have made an indelible mark on the industry and supporting future leaders, Merck Animal Health also made a donation to the AVC Foundation in Dr. Winter’s honor.
Mark Spire, D.V.M., MS, D.A.C.T., technical services manager for Merck Animal Health and one of the award’s presenters, said, “Dr. Winter’s educational efforts are no small measure. In fact, they are at the very heart of the AVC mission of providing continuing education, member support and leadership.”
While Dr. Winter has spent more than 30 years serving beef producers both through private practice and as an allied industry technical service veterinarian, it is his unique service to AVC and his fellow veterinarians that has garnered this latest accolade. Six years ago, Dr. Winter organized the AVC audiovisual committee with the objective of making meeting proceedings, seminars, podcasts and other information on the website available to every AVC member. Much of this information has allowed AVC members to gain continuing-education credits, as well as remain up-to-date on bovine health and industry developments.
Also presenting the award was Kurt Walters, D.V.M., with the Buffalo Veterinary Clinic in Buffalo, Wyo., and a member of the AVC Board of Directors. “Dr. Winter’s efforts have allowed the academy to provide the best and most current continuing education in the beef industry. AVC is lucky to have such a talented and dedicated member.”
Jim Furman, D.V.M., and Tom Furman, D.V.M., with The Animal Center in Alliance, Neb., were two of several veterinarians who nominated Dr. Winter and explained: “Dr. Winter works tirelessly to improve the quality of audio and visuals, making them available for all AVC members within days of the meetings. This has provided extensive savings to AVC and is a tremendous value to his fellow veterinarians.”
Dr. Winter earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and moved to western Kansas where he was in private practice for 13 years. For the past 20 years, he further expanded his industry experience by working for several different companies.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers for work that I truly enjoy,” said Dr. Winter. “My reward has always come from sharing the wealth of knowledge between and among my fellow AVC members.”