2013 Veterinary Awards


We would like to honor Dr. Sharon Hurley as our 2013 MVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Her contributions to the field of veterinary medicine have enriched the lives of those she has worked with over the years. For this, we honor her today. 
We believe Sharon epitomizes what the Veterinarian of the Year should be. Sharon, besides being a good person, is an outstanding veterinarian who gives back to profession and community. Sharon has held numerous titles within the MVMA, including Vice President and President. In addition, she has served on the Grievances and Ethics Board (may not be the right name—John King's former committee). For the AVMA, Sharon has served on the CVTEA (Certified Veterinary Technician Education and Accreditation) committee for many years. Recently, she became Minnesota's representative to the AVMA Council of Delegates. 
At home in New Ulm, Sharon has been active in her church and community. At her church, Sharon has held a number of positions, but her passion has been her involvement on the missions committee and her participation in many mission trips. Her community involvement includes being a member of the local Rotary Club, where she was New Ulm's first female president. Sharon was a co-founder of and has been a member of the board of Pro-Kinship, a youth mentoring program, since the mid 1980's. It is for her accomplishments and dedication to veterinary medicine and service to others that we would like to honor Dr. Sharon Hurley as the MVMA's 2013 Veterinarian of the Year.


This award is given to a faculty member 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; a leader who makes a difference to the profession; a dedicated contributor to organized veterinary medicine.

Dr. Kurt Rossow is the associate clinical specialist at the U of M VDL.  Dr. Rossow is viewed by his colleagues as someone that goes on and beyond the call of duty by working days, nights and weekends or whenever he is needed.  His work is primarily in swine industry.  He works to resolve test results that are unexpected positives in genetic multipliers and boar studs so the results can be determined the same day that they are found.  He is very helpful in his contact with individuals on difficult cases.  He is always willing to go to farms on difficult cases to make sure quality test samples are obtained.  Always willing to help on research projects when needed.



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 liasons with the MVMA, veterinarians, and the profession in general. The recipient of this award does not need to be a veterinarian.

Larry Wang is a long time industry representative for Merial and has dedicated most of his working career to the animal health industry.  Larry is someone who always has a smile on his face and willing to assist veterinarians with their product needs and health care questions.  


This award is given to individuals who have promoted the veterinary profession and/or the well-being of animals. The recipient is not required to be active in organized veterinary medicine nor does he or she need to be a veterinarian.

Judy Lewman was an early member and chair of the OPP Sheep Breeder’s Society for years.  She was the organization’s driving force, passionately working to keep producers informed about the virus.  Judy has extensive global knowledge of the OPPV and its negative effects on sheep production.  Judy has single handedly written and coordinated a successful voluntary OPP and CAE test and control program that has been approved and overseen by the MN Board of Animal Health for 7 years.  In the summer of 2013 the USDA encouraged her to continue with this eradication trial, the first in any state.  She has garnered support from  MN VLD and MN Lamb and Wool Growers  that helps offset the costs to producers very reasonable.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD   - Dr. Mike Strecker and Dr. Kim Culbertson

This award is given to MVMA members who have given special service to the profession of veterinary medicine, and improving the profession as a result of that service.

Dr. Mike Strecker and Dr. Kim Culbertson- Both have been active with the MVMA Surgery Suite exhibit for several years and recently stepped down as co-chairs of this exhibit. Overseeing this exhibit involves equipping and managing a small veterinary clinic each year during the fair as well as securing sponsorship, updating anesthesia protocols, preparing moderator scripts, scheduling 48 doctor and 24 student volunteers, coordinating surgery patients with rescue groups, and coordinating emergency care if needed.  Under their leadership they recently were able to secure funding and install new digital a/v equipment and television monitors.  Both have brought a hard work ethic while maintaining a sense of humor.


 PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Dr. Clarence Fitz

The current MVMA president can choose an individual that he or she feels has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession, MVMA, and for promoting the human-animal bond, animal health and welfare or public health.

Dr. Clarence Fitz was a former business colleague, mentor and friend of Dr. Baillie. Dr. Baillie stated that his current passion for exotic veterinary medicine is due to his relationship with Dr. Fitz as a beginning veterinarian working with him.