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Drovers/CattleNetwork reports:

John Herrick, D.V.M., and Jim Jarrett, D.V.M., were posthumously honored as distinguished inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF), sponsored by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health and Osborn Barr, an agricultural marketing and communications company.

Drs. Herrick and Jarrett were honored Sept. 22 at the 45th Annual AABP Conference in Montreal.

"These two men have set an admirable example of leadership and dedication to the cattle industry," said Mark Spire, D.V.M., technical services manager for Merck Animal Health and emcee for the event. "We are honored to recognize them with such a prestigious award."

CPVHOF celebrates the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the extraordinary men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers. They are selected by their peers, including members of the AABP and AVC.

Dr. Herrick is well-known in the beef industry as the "father of preconditioning." He pioneered the concept of preconditioning programs for weaned calves and is known for his work on brucellosis and mastitis control.

"A deep passion for cattle production was evident in all of his work," said W. Mark Hilton, D.V.M., clinical professor of food animal production medicine at Purdue University, who presented the award.

Dr. Herrick earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1941 from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and, for 35 years, served as a professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Extension at the same university.

"Colleagues admired Dr. Herrick for his knowledge of veterinary medicine, great sense of humor and dedication to animal health," said Dr. Hilton. "One colleague said Dr. Herrick was fiercely loyal to veterinary medicine and had a major impact on the veterinary profession by changing the image of one who merely treats sick animals, to that of an integral and key member of livestock production teams."

Dr. Herrick was a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. He also served on the AVMA Continuing Education Advisory Committee. He practiced veterinary medicine until his death in 2007 at age 87.

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