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K-State Today

July 25, 2017



College of Veterinary Medicine's Hans Coetzee receives animal welfare award

By Joe Montgomery

AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer and KSUCVM's Dr. Hans Coetzee

Johann "Hans" F. Coetzee, head of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was just named the recipient of the 2017 Animal Welfare Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, at its 2017 convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was recognized for his commitment to the welfare of livestock animals and his achievements in the development of pain assessment models and pain management in their care.

"Dr. Coetzee is one of, if not the most highly respected professionals in the field of pain management in cattle and other animals," said Tom Meyer, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "He has brought about enormous change in the livestock industry regarding awareness of pain and concern for managing painful procedures. His research and leadership have been instrumental in transforming the attitudes and practices of veterinarians, farmers and food animal practitioners. His commitment to the welfare of livestock animals is matched only by his commitment to the community of veterinarians and farmers he serves.

"I congratulate Dr. Coetzee on receiving this well-deserved award, and I thank him for his leadership, service and the tremendous impact he has had on the veterinary profession."

Coetzee is internationally recognized for his work in developing objective assessments of pain experienced by livestock animals during routine management procedures. He has secured approximately $9 million in research funding from federal, nonprofit and industry sources, and his expertise is sought by academic researchers and pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

Coetzee has authored/co-authored 111 manuscripts, edited two books, and is author or co-author of eight book chapters. He has one U.S. patent for alleviating pain and improving performance during dehorning and castration (U.S 8,791,105 B2) and two additional patents pending. He has served on a variety of animal welfare committees and boards, and has been the recipient of many industry awards, including the 2014 American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Award of Excellence and the 2014 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

Coetzee earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science in veterinary medicine from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and his doctorate in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State University. He also holds diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, the American College of Animal Welfare and the European College of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.