Dr. Mark Spire is recognized for his contributions to AABP and the cattle industry

Summit NJ, Sept. 3, 2010 – Mark Spire, D.V.M., of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health was awarded the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Spire of Manhattan, Kan., is a technical services manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, spent 29 years on the faculty at Kansas State University (KSU) and is a former AABP president. He was recognized at the AABP annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Aug. 21.

The award honors individuals who exemplify a career of excellence, leadership and service in bovine veterinary medicine and to AABP. Awardees are recognized for their innovative thinking, advancement of the profession and peer recognition as a role model.

“This year’s recipient sets a standard of excellence for this award. Dr. Spire has been a teacher, a clinician, a leader, a role model, a mentor and an all-around good person,” said Richard Meiring, Mississippi State University professor in the department of pathobiology and population medicine, in his presentation speech. Drs. Spire and Meiring are long-time colleagues and served together on the AABP board.

In his role with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Spire is responsible for sales support in the Southeast and south-central U.S. He also helps oversee sales training, life-cycle management of franchise products, pharmacovigilance and new-product development.

Prior to his work at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, Dr. Spire spent 29 years at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and retired in 2005 as a professor emeritus. During his career, he worked in the departments of clinical sciences and diagnostic medicine/pathobiology and served as assistant director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

During his time at KSU, he received the Merck Award for Creative Teaching for his excellent, innovative teaching, as well as his development of courses and programs that benefitted the university. He developed courses in beef-production medicine, a training program in feedlot production management, a training program for veterinarians involved in the state’s Foreign Animal Disease Emergency Response Plan, the residency in Agri-Practice Commodity Program for production medicine and continuing education programs in Integrated Resource Management and Beef Quality Assurance.

“He influenced students and fellow faculty members, as well as veterinarians, ranchers and producers throughout Kansas and the United States,” Dr. Meiring said.

With more than 900 hours of presentations in the U.S. and Canada on the economic enhancement of beef production in ranching operations, he was able to interact with producers and practitioners nationally and internationally. He also presented more than 750 hours to a variety of professional groups.

Dr. Spire was the second recipient of the AABP Award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine for his work in his cow/calf clinical practice. His practical training was the background for his research that totaled $8 million in funding for a variety of projects and topics that allowed him to develop some novel tools in production medicine, remote sensing and animal identification, among others. He has published 38 peer-reviewed articles, five book chapters, 19 invited papers and many non-peer reviewed articles.

Complementing his professional career, Dr. Spire has been actively involved in several industry organizations, most notably AABP. He has served on several committees, helped coordinate annual conferences and served as vice president and then the 40th president in 2004. He has continued to serve AABP by representing the organization through the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) House of Delegates and AVMA’s Legislative Advisory Committee.

Outside of AABP, he has served on the board of directors for the American Embryo Transfer Association, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture. He has chaired and served on animal welfare committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture. He also has been active in the American College of Theriogenology, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas Livestock Association.

“I have loved being a cattle veterinarian my entire adult life,” Dr. Spire said. “It has been very rewarding to practice the art and science of veterinary medicine and to work with young and seasoned practitioners throughout my career as a university professor and technical services professional. I also have enjoyed working with about 2,000 students who went on to become successful practitioners. It is an incredible honor to have received this award.”

Dr. Spire grew up in Oklahoma and earned three degrees: a biology degree in 1971 from West Texas State University; his D.V.M. in 1974 from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine; and a master’s degree in clinical sciences in 1978 from Kansas State University. After graduation, he joined the Army Veterinary Corps and served as post veterinarian at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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