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Source: Chris Gruber, 785-532-4465
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News release prepared by: Joe Montgomery, 785-532-4193,

Monday, Feb. 16, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Dr. Dale Kinyoun, Superior, Neb., has been selected by Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine to receive a 2009 Alumni Recognition Award.

The honor is being presented to Kinyoun by one of his former partners, Dr. Michael Moore, Feb. 16 at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas.

Kinyoun was born Dec. 28, 1927, on a farm north of Formoso, Kan. He attended Lovewell Rural High School, where in 1944, he took a test that allowed high school students to apply for college at the end of their junior year. He was accepted and entered as a pre-veterinary student at K-State in fall 1944. The next year he was accepted to the veterinary program and entered the College of Veterinary Medicine in the 1945-46 freshman class.

Kinyoun interrupted his education in 1946 to serve two years as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to complete his education in fall 1948 and earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from K-State in 1951.

Kinyoun and a K-State veterinary classmate, Dr. R.W. McNabb, purchased a practice in Superior. They built an animal hospital designed with pens and chutes to allow farmers to bring in large animals to be treated and/or processed. The hospital included surgical and treatment facilities for companion animals, as well as grooming and boarding services -- a rather new concept at the time. The hospital has since become a landmark in the community.

Moore joined the practice after serving in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1968-1970. McNabb sold his interest in the practice in 1978 to Kinyoun and Moore, who then brought in Dr. Kenneth Thompson.

Kinyoun sold his veterinary practice to his partners in 1990 and began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. He retired in 1995, but still spends his summer months doing relief work for the inspection service.

"My best years in life are those spent in veterinary medicine and I'm very proud to be in this profession," Kinyoun said. "It's a significant honor to be recognized by my alma mater and peers, and I am grateful to K-State for having the opportunity to be where I am today."

"Dr. Kinyoun has been tireless throughout his career and is extremely devoted to his profession and to his classmates from K-State," said Ralph Richardson, dean of the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine. "The fact that he continued to work in food safety after retiring from his practice shows what great character and passion he has for improving the lives of animals and humans."

Kinyoun was the Nebraska delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association from 1969-1972, and was president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 1973. His current professional memberships include the Nebraska, Kansas and American Veterinary Medical associations. He also is a member of the American Legion, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and Fraternal Order of Eagles. In addition, Kinyoun served several years on the Superior Board of Education.

Kinyoun and his wife, Margaret, have six children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.