SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association held its 131st annual meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls Aug. 7-10.
The meeting included continuing education opportunities for over 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians, recognized outstanding achievements by professionals in the veterinary fields and included the annual meeting of members. The SDVMA also presented various awards at the meeting to recognize commitment and excellence in veterinary medicine in South Dakota.
2022 Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Chris Chase
The Distinguished Service Award is given to honor an individual who has brought distinction to the veterinary profession through their dedication to animal care and welfare, support of the profession, and contributions to the community.
This person exemplifies the profession, both personally and professionally, through support of veterinary medicine, research, colleagues and/or students, and civic participation. This individual’s contributions have advanced the profession and are an inspiration to the veterinarians and clients he serves.
Dr. Chris Chase received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award. Chase exemplifies all the categories this award seeks to honour:
• support for veterinary medicine,
• research support,
• the support of colleagues,
• student support, and
• participation in the profession through involvement.
From his early education, he showed an interest and enthusiasm for animal health. He took pre-vet medical courses at South Dakota State University for two years before being accepted early into the DVM program at Iowa State University. After graduating from Iowa State University with a veterinary degree, he served as an associate veterinarian in southeastern South Dakota for five years, honing his skills as a practicing veterinarian.
Ultimately, his intellectual curiosity and desire to “do more” for veterinary health led him to a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, during which time he also continued to practice as a veterinary surgeon. raises while pursuing his higher research.
His ability to remain active in both basic research and practical veterinary service makes him one of the most practical research experts in the field of bovine immunology and virology and is key to his strong networks of collaborating researchers and diagnosticians. He is sought after as an expert by grant and journal review committees, as well as animal health practitioners and producer organizations.
After postdoctoral work with the USDA’s Arthropod-borne Diseases Unit, he returned to SDSU as a faculty member of the Department of Veterinary Science and Animal Disease Research and Diagnostics Laboratory, post which he held for 30 years.
According to a statement from SDVMA, Chase truly exemplifies service to the animal health industry. He has been an instructor for many undergraduate and graduate courses at SDSU. He was thesis supervisor for 37 graduate students and advised 22 non-thesis master’s students. His lab at SDSU has also served as a fertile training ground for undergraduate students to gain hands-on research experience, training more than 80 undergraduate research assistants to date. Chase students regularly receive awards for their work, a clear example of its ability to support and nurture the next generation of scientists.
On a broader level, Chase has served as a reviewer for several journals, served as both panel member and panel manager for a number of granting agencies, and is a frequent and sought-after speaker in the animal health community. presenting locally, nationally and internationally in his chosen field of bovine immunology and virology.
He was president of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, as well as chairman of the board of governors of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. He has served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. More recently, Chase played a lead role in establishing the South Dakota Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, serving as interim director during the program’s first year.
Chase and his wife Mary have been married for over 40 years and are the parents of children Christopher, Erin, Stephanie and Jennifer and grandparents of six grandchildren. He is a very involved member of the Newman Center at Brookings.
2022 Vet of the Year – Dr. Holly Roe-Johnson
The Veterinarian of the Year Award recognizes a member of the SDVMA for service and achievement to the benefit of the profession of veterinary medicine. Dr. Holly Roe-Johnson received the 2022 Vet of the Year award.
Roe-Johnson has a unique and personal commitment to rural veterinary practice in South Dakota. She began her studies at SDSU and graduated from Iowa State University with her DVM. She returned to South Dakota under the Tuition Reimbursement Program, and she has repaid that investment many times over through her commitment to rural practice.
She started with a small practice and grew it into a multi-doctor, multi-clinic practice that maintains veterinary services in four rural communities. She has also mentored a number of young vets and employed a number of community members, contributing to the overall economy of the communities she serves.
She is an accomplished businesswoman and veterinarian who is hailed as “extremely talented”, “a great example of veterinary medicine in our state”, and an “example for all of us”.
2022 Emerging Leader Award – Dr. Jamie Zuidema
The Emerging Leader Award is given to an SDVMA member who has graduated from veterinary school within the past 10 years and has demonstrated outstanding achievement in veterinary research, private practice, regulatory services, civic activities and/or organized veterinary medicine.
Dr. Jamie Zuidema received the 2022 Emerging Leader Award. Zuidema graduated in 2014 from Iowa State University. She interned at the Dakota Large Animal Clinic from 2014 to 2015, and that internship turned into a full-time position. She is now co-owner of the firm.
Zuidema has a busy equine clinic with a large referral base due to her excellent work and personality that puts her clients at ease.
2022 Outstanding Veterinary Technician – Debra Buttke
This award is given to a registered veterinary technician who has provided outstanding support to veterinary medicine through his dedication to animal care and welfare and his professional knowledge and execution in service of the profession.
SDVMA 2022 Outstanding Veterinary Technician Debra Buttke graduated from NDSU and began her career as a veterinary technician at Milbank in 1980. Although the clinic she serves has changed names over the years, Buttke has remained a constant for decades.
According to the SDVMA release, for 40 years, Buttke has been a consistent force for the vets she works with. His dedication to work is unmatched. She has done nearly every job a vet tech can do when working with mixed animals. She is dedicated to the details necessary to achieve positive results for her patients. She can strike up a conversation with customers about anyone who walks through the door. For four decades, she remains as passionate and compassionate about her work as the first day she started.
2022 Bill Davis Award – Trudy Lickfelt
The Bill Davis Memorial Award is presented annually to a sales representative from a veterinary supply company who has demonstrated an unusual degree of service and assistance to veterinarians and the veterinary profession in South Dakota.
The 2022 Bill Davis Memorial Award was presented to Trudy Lickfelt of MWI Animal Health. Trudy grew up on a dairy farm near Hutchinson, Minnesota and developed a passion for working in the veterinary world early on. She began her career in the early 2000s at the Glencoe Veterinary Clinic working in a variety of roles, eventually taking on the role of Practice Director. In 2015, she began her career as an outside sales representative, covering practices in northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota for MWI Animal Health. She has been described by her clients as “dedicated and enthusiastic about seeing her clients succeed”. Her knowledge of her products and industry programs sets her apart in her field. SDMVA is proud to recognize her level of commitment to her clients and our members through her work.
SDVMA Foundation auction
The SDVMA Alliance raised nearly $10,000 in an auction as part of the event. The money is used for scholarships for veterinary students and veterinary technicians.
Elected Board Members
The following Board members were elected for the upcoming year: Dr. Matt Stork, Sioux Falls, Chair; Dr. Heather Lerseth, Groton, President-Elect; Dr. Lisa Stanley, Fort Pierre, vice-president; Dr. Broc Mauch, Redfield; Dr. Anna Braunschmidt, Garretson, District 1 Representative; and Dr. Heidi Sorensen, Watertown, District 2 Representative;
Other board members are Dr. Sandra Wahlert, Hots Springs, District 3 representative. Dr. Chris Chase, Brookings, AVMA delegate; Dr. Cindy Franklin, Yankton, AVMA Alternate Delegate; and Dr. Carolyn Geis, Groton, Past President.