COLUMBUS — Former State Veterinarian David Glauer received the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association‘s highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year award, during the association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference, Feb. 23-26.
This award, presented by OVMA’s outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord, recognizes outstanding contributions, dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the community and the animal kingdom.
“Retirement certainly has not kept this dedicated individual from the profession he loves,” Lord said. “For over 40 years, he has devoted his life to veterinary medicine and improved the health of animals great and small across Ohio.”
Glauer began his career as food animal veterinarian in Loudonville, where he practiced for nearly 30 years before being appointed state veterinarian.
In his post at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he was instrumental in developing nationally recognized Johne’s Disease Control and Ohio Egg Quality Assurance programs, along with a restructuring and national accreditation of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
Following his retirement, Dr. Glauer took on another role, this time with the newly formed Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board in 2009. As technical writer for the board, his expertise in livestock medicine and care were instrumental in the development of Ohio’s new rules and nationally regarded standards.
In addition to Veterinarian of the Year, the association presented three other awards at this year’s conference: Bill Winsley, executive director of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, was given the Special Achievement Award; Distinguished Service Awards were given to Dr. Lisa Shriver, who volunteered her time to care for nearly 400 dogs seized during an animal hoarding case in Clark County in 2011, and Dr. Calvin Washington, who completed two overseas tours of duty for the U.S. Army Reserves.