Merck Animal Health, in partnership with the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), recently honored David Bechtol, D.V.M., with the 2017 Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Bechtol, Founder and President of Palo Duro Consulting Research and Feedlot and Agri-Research Center, Inc., was recognized for his contributions to the feedlot industry, which he has helped lead for more than four decades.

Image6“Throughout the years, Dr. Bechtol, a charter member of the AVC, has become a ‘consultant’s consultant,’ as one nominator put it,” said John Mayer, D.V.M., Ruminant Technical Services, Merck Animal Health. “He developed educational resources to help train feedlot crews, lectured on stocker and feeder health, opened his home to students and interns looking to learn more about emerging management practices, and represented the veterinary industry on numerous committees and panels. I worked for Dr. Bechtol years ago and he was – and continues to be – a tremendous ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker, leader, organizer, mentor and teacher.”

“I want to thank Merck Animal Health for sponsoring this award for the AVC,” said

Dr. Bechtol. “This award was a huge surprise and personally means so much to me. I am thankful that the AVC has grown from a small group of veterinarians in 1971 that were unselfishly willing to exchange ideas and make it what it is today – a group still willing to share ideas to better the food-producing industry and the veterinary professionals who work in it.”

The Outstanding Service Award is announced annually at the AVC Spring Meeting. Presented to current or past AVC members, the award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the AVC and the beef cattle industry. In addition, Merck Animal Health donates $2,000 to the AVC Foundation in the award recipient’s name.

Source: Merck Animal Health news release