Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Announces 2014 Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award

Dr. Richard Wilkes Receives Honor for Standard of Excellence and Dedicated Service to the Profession of Veterinary Medicine.

Roanoke, VA, April 02, 2014 --( The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) has announced that Richard Wilkes, D.V.M., of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, received the 2014 Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian award for his standard of excellence and dedicated service to the profession of veterinary medicine. Wilkes was presented with this prestigious award at the 2014 Virginia Veterinary Conference on Feb. 28.

Wilkes was a mixed animal veterinarian for more than 25 years, and his background in dairy production management medicine and ambulatory service has given him the ability to efficiently and effectively work alongside the Virginia veterinary practitioners and the state’s food animal industry. He has dedicated his time and leadership skills to improve animal agriculture industry regulations, and has worked tirelessly to advance animal disease traceability. Wilkes’ success is evident in his gathering of a coalition of State Veterinarians and obtaining federal funding to develop a Secure Milk Supply Plan for a multi-state region. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, VVMA, Virginia Academy of Food Animal Practitioners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Southern Animal Health Association, U.S. Animal Health Association, and the National Association of State Animal Health Officials.

“We are very proud to announce Richard as this year’s Distinguished Virginia Veterinarian Award recipient,” said Terry Taylor, D.V.M., VVMA president-elect. “His involvement with dairy production management medicine and ambulatory services, along with his dedication to the Virginia veterinary medical profession and young veterinarians reflects outstanding state and community leadership, proving Richard is fully deserving of this distinguished honor.”

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The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.
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