Brownwood Veterinarian Honored with Food Animal Practitioner of the Year Award

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Texas Veterinary Medical Association
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Brownwood Veterinarian Honored with Food Animal Practitioner of the Year Award

Brownwood veterinarian A. Duane Hutchins, DVM, of Erath County Veterinary Service received the Food Animal Practitioner of the Year Award at the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Annual Conference on March 1. The Food Animal Practitioner of the Year Award is given to the veterinarian who has displayed outstanding professional performance as a practitioner of food animal medicine as nominated by TVMA members and selected by the TVMA Awards Committee.

A 1989 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hutchins is the sole owner and practitioner of Erath County Veterinary Service, which he opened in 1993. Dr. Hutchins has established himself as a notable figure in the field of food animal veterinary medicine as the host of several seminars on topics such as disease management and treatment protocols. His career is marked by long-lasting relationships with dairy and beef producers, supporting their ability to provide high-quality products for the public. Dr. Hutchins said of his career, “My clients have become my extended family—together we are involved in a lifestyle, not just a business of agriculture.”

Each year, the members of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association gather at the Annual Conference to participate in veterinary continuing education and recognize those in the veterinary field who have excelled throughout the year. Other recipients of the TVMA Practitioner of the Year Awards are Charles R. Pipes, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Distinguished Career Achievement Award; John D. Dearing, DVM, General Practitioner of the Year; Mary Anne White, DVM, Recent Graduate of the Year; and William O. Dudley, DVM, Dipl. ACVR, Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice Clinical Referral and Consultation Award. These awards recognize and encourage outstanding practice and exemplary service in the field of veterinary medicine. Each award recipient will also be profiled in an upcoming issue of the Texas Veterinarian magazine. 

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