2015 Veterinary Awards 

Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. John Baillie

This award is given to a MVMA member who has given much to the veterinary profession as well as to his community - a well rounded member who is outstanding in the profession.


Dr. Baillie graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972.  Dr. Baillie will say that he is "still in his first job", Cedar Pet Clinic. Dr.Baillie is a regular lecturer at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, for the Minnesota Medical Association, the Eastern States Association of Avian Veterinarians, as well as other organizations.  Dr. Baillie is a past president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and past chair of the MVMF Golf Committee.  He is a member of the Government Affairs Committee and he has testified on behalf of the MVMA at the state capitol.  He currently chairs the MVMA Membership Committee. It is for his accomplishments and dedication to veterinary medicine and service to others that we would like to honor Dr. John Baillie as the MVMA’s 2015 Veterinarian of the Year

Congratulations Dr. John Baillie as the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year!

Outstanding Faculty Award – Dr. John Fetrow

This award is given to recipients who are faculty members of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and all its related departments; who provide outstanding service to Minnesota veterinarians; who give of their time and talent to the veterinary profession, dedicated contributors to the organized veterinary medicine.

Dr. John Fetrow is currently a professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department in the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.  His specialty area is dairy production medicine, where he is a unique authority across the world and sought after expert.  Dr. Fetrow came to the University of Minnesota in 1991 as Professor and Department Chair.    He was department chair for 5 years and then became assistant vice-president for organization redesign in the Academic Health Center.  He returned to the VPM faculty in 2000 and impressively became retrained in dairy production medicine.

 Dr. Fetrow has taught a wide range of topics, mostly relating to food animal disease, management, epidemiology, nutrition, economics, statistics, and animal welfare. He served as an ambulatory clinician for more than a decade at the University of Pennsylvania and North Carolina State University and now teaches dairy health and production to DVM students at Minnesota.

His innovations in teaching, the leadership he continues to provide in education and the utmost priority placed on teaching first make Dr. Fetrow a model for other faculty beyond Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Fetrow has had the greatest impact at the University in the development of educational programs, first through a role as department chair in an overhaul of the veterinary curriculum, and as a faculty member developing and leading an effort in the development of a unique educational program, Dairy Educational Center, A National Center of Excellence. 

Congratulations Dr. John Fetrow as the Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient! 

Outstanding Industry Representative Award – Dr. Karen Shenoy

This award is given to recognize an individual who has exhibited outstanding service to veterinarians and/or the MVMA. This individual should consistently provide exceptional service to Minnesota veterinarians and promote the profession through liaisons with the MVMA, veterinarians, and the profession in general. The recipient of this award does not need to be a veterinarian.

Dr. Karen Shenoy is a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has worked for Hill's Pet Nutrition for more than 7 years and currently serves as a Professional Consulting Veterinarian Team Leader. In this role, she manages a team of field based veterinarians who support schools, specialists in private practice, and Hill’s Customer Development personnel.  In previous roles with Hill’s she has worked as a Veterinary Affairs Manager, serving as the Hill’s contact for 6 veterinary colleges, and as a Practice Development Veterinarian. She has a passion for teaching and has also worked in small animal practice and as an instructor in a veterinary technology program. Her other love is wildlife medicine.  

Congratulations Dr. Karen Shenoy as the outstanding Industry Representative Award Recipient!

Distinguished Veterinary Service Award – Dr. John Howe

This award is given to individuals who have performed outstanding veterinary service to the veterinary profession and have contributed to the well-being of animals.

Dr. John Howe is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, Dr. Howe started a solo mixed-animal practice in North Branch, Minn.  In 1984, he sold the practice and moved to Grand Rapids, Minn.  There he established North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center, which evolved into North Country Veterinary Clinic, a four-doctor mixed-animal practice treating large and small animals, birds, exotics, cervidae, aquaculture and some large cats.  North Country Veterinary Clinic became a part of National Veterinary Associates in 2008 and Dr. Howe currently manages the practice.

Dr. Howe has been an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  He served as vice chair of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Services and vice chair of the Governance Performance Review Committee.   In addition, he is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners and the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association.  His active role in the MVMA has included membership on the Governmental Affairs Committee and service as chairman of the MVMA Aquatic Livestock Committee. 

Between 1992 and 1999, he served two governor-appointed terms on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and was president of the board from 1996–1999.  He is a fish health inspector for the state of Minnesota and is a past member of the Minnesota Veterinary Reserve Corps Advisory Committee. In addition, Dr. Howe ran for the office of Minnesota state representative in 1988 and in 1990.   

Congratulations Dr. John Howe as the Distinguished Veterinary Service Award Recipient!

Emerging Leader Award - Dr. Jennifer Schurrer

This award is given to MVMA members who have graduated  from veterinary school within the past 10 years and has demonstrated achievement and leadership through veterinary community involvement.

Dr. Jennifer Schurrer is a veterinarian and practice manager with East Central Veterinarians.  In addition to her experience as a practice manager and veterinarian, she has also worked in the academic arena as an instructor and principle investigator with the Minnesota School of Business. Dr. Schurrer has been an invaluable participant and currently chair of the MVMA Continuing Education Committee. She has held this position for 6 years and has worked tireless with her committee to ensure that the veterinary profession in MN has quality CE events to attend each year. Under her leadership the MVMA has expanded its CE seminar format to include online webinars for its spring, summer, Academy and fall staff seminars. Her commitment to staying abreast of veterinary CE here and across the country have been instrumental in her leadership of the CE committee.

Congratulations Dr. Jennifer Schurrer as Emerging Leader Award Recipient!

President’s Award – Dr. Roger Madison

The MVMA President’s Award recognizes those who have contributed significantly to the veterinary profession, the MVMA, and that have promoted the human animal bond, animal health and welfare or public health. 

Congratulations Dr. Roger Madison as MVMA President’s Award Recipient!

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