2017 Veterinary Award Recipients 
The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association presented the MVMA Awards at the Business Meeting on February 16, 2018, at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester MN. The awards were given to individuals in the various MVMA award categories.
Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. Richard “Dick” Reierson
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. Richard (Dick) Reierson’s (MVMA member) integrity and dedication to the field of veterinary medicine are apparent in his skills as a veterinarian, positive client interaction, and love of pets. He has always been committed to and supportive of the veterinary profession, giving hours of his time to help support continuing education as a longtime member of the veterinary Continuing Education committee of the MVMA, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation, the Minnesota Veterinary Alumni board, and his local humane society plus he has played an active role in mentoring veterinary students. It not unusual to hear he is the one working in the background picking up speakers at the airport and entertaining them over a meal when they come to town for a lecture.  Dr. Reierson is a life member and he serves on several MVMA and MVMF committees.

Congratulations Dr. Richard “Dick” Reierson the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year!

Outstanding Faculty Award – Dr. Erin Malone

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. Malone is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota who continuously goes above and beyond to support the students. Not only is she a fantastic instructor gifted in succinctly communicating the information we need, but she also handles much of the curriculum organization and class scheduling. As a professor, she ceaselessly seeks new methods of delivering material and enhancing student retention of that material. She requested the formation of a focus group in order to receive feedback early in the semester so that necessary changes could be made for our class and future classes. Dr. Malone is also exceptional at utilizing various formats to present material. She points us to reputable sources of journal articles that we can use now and after graduation to guide our choices. She also relentlessly searches for video clips of various procedures so that students unfamiliar with large animal surgical techniques can better understand. She is a powerful force advocating for mental health initiatives for students and faculty and is always seeking out more effective methods of encouraging students to take care of themselves so that they can learn efficiently. Dr. Malone is widely considered by students to be one of our most valuable faculty members. Her dedication to improving the lives of students is astounding and truly deserves this recognition.

Congratulations Dr. Erin Malone as the Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient! 

Outstanding Industry Representative Award – Guy Flickinger 

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.

Guy Flickinger oversees all business aspects of Midwest Veterinary Supply (MVMA member). Guy took over MVS in 1994 from his father, Dr. Robert “Doc” Flickinger, the founder of MVS.  Midwest is the second largest veterinary employer in the state, only behind the University of Minnesota, and is recognized nationally as a leader in the veterinary industry. As the company continues to grow, Guy remains focused on the original purpose, offering exceptional value to veterinarians and their staff who entrust Midwest Veterinary Supply with their business. The company’s values go beyond the products they sell and includes old-fashioned values such as honesty, commitment and doing what is necessary to exceed veterinarians’ expectations. Midwest has distribution centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada and a call center in Maryland, but Minnesota is still headquarters for the growing business with over 500 employees. Mr. Flickinger has kept MVS true to the humble roots but developed cutting edge solutions with online stores, equipment, and large and small animal products.

Congratulations Guy Flickinger as the outstanding Industry Representative Award Recipient!

Distinguished Veterinary Service Award – Dr. Paul Anderson  
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.

Paul Anderson received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1975. During his first two years of practice, he worked for a small animal hospital in Apple Valley, Minnesota, and did emergency and relief work for a dairy and equine practice in Lakeville, Minnesota. He then accepted a position with a mixed animal practice in Greene, Iowa.

In 1986, Paul accepted a residency position with the swine group at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He helped teach classes in swine medicine to veterinary students and worked on a research project, in conjunction with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, to study the circulation of pseudorabies virus in swine herds. In 1988, he received a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Minnesota with a study emphasis in the areas of epidemiology and public health.

In 1990, Paul joined the staff at the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. During his years at the Board of Animal Health, he worked on the national program to eradicate pseudorabies from domestic swine herds. Minnesota was declared pseudorabies free in 2002. He also worked on programs to eradicate Equine Infectious Anemia, control Johne’s Disease, regulate Minnesota deer and elk herds, regulate dog and cat kennels and regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. Paul retired from employment with the Board of Animal Health in June 2017.

Paul wants to thank the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the many generous veterinarians and livestock producers in Minnesota who have supported and helped him during his veterinary career.

In retirement, Paul and his wife, Mindy, have begun teaching science to their four granddaughters as part of their home-school curriculum. They are grateful for the many blessings that God has given to them and look forward to what He has planned for the next.

Congratulations Dr. Paul Anderson as the Distinguished Veterinary Service Award Recipient!

Emerging Leader Award - Dr. Brittney Brock
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.

A local native of Inver Grove Heights, Dr. Brittney Brock (MVMA member) began her career at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital in 2007 working as a Veterinary Assistant. She received her Bachelor's Degree in biology at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005. Upon receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, she immediately joined the team of veterinarians at Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital. Her familiarity with the staff, clients, and patients made for a perfect fit and a seamless transition from a vet. assistant to doctor. Dr. Brock's professional interests include reproduction management, surgery, internal medicine, and dentistry.  She is the past president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Congratulations Dr. Brittney Brock as Emerging Leader Award Recipient!

President’s Award – Dr. George Krienke
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. 

Dr. George Krienke is a member of the U of M Veterinary Council where he has served as president; Instrumental in establishing the Animal Emergency Clinic (now called Animal Emergency and Referral Center); Helped start the VHA and served on its board; Helped establish the MVMA Council of Senior Veterinarians and served as its president; Has served on the MVMF board.  In his community, he is a member and past president of the Roseville Rotary; Member and past president of the North Suburban Community Foundation; and member of the Roseville Central Park Foundation.  He has supported student scholarships with the Roseville Area High School.  Dr. Krienke is a life member of the MVMA, AVMA, VFW and American Legion.

Congratulations George Krienke as MVMA President’s Award Recipient!

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