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K-State Today

December 15, 2011



Clinical sciences professor receives Kansas Farm Bureau’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award

By Joe Montgomery

Dan Thomson, associate professor of clinical sciences, was selected as the recipient of Kansas Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting. The Distinguished Service to Agriculture award is presented to individuals who exemplify leadership in agriculture, service to Farm Bureau families and community involvement.

“My heroes are farmers, ranchers and veterinarians working every day to provide food for the world,” Thomson said. “It is an honor to serve the Kansas farmers and ranchers. The Kansas Farm Bureau has provided me many opportunities to serve and I am very humbled to receive this award. Awards are not hurdles, but instead expectations that you will continue to provide service. I look forward to many years of serving the Kansas farmers, ranchers and veterinarians.”

Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in beef cattle production and health management. Currently, he is the Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has served as the OIE chair of beef cattle production and welfare and was recently asked to serve on the Food Marketing Institute’s Animal Welfare Advisory Board. Thomson has been very active working on advisory boards and committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the North American Food Animal Well-being Committee. He serves as a leader in the state of Kansas on animal agriculture issues and has been named to the governor’s advisory board for the Animal Ag Summit along with serving on advisory boards and committees for Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Thomson is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.