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May 7, 2013

Apley recognized by peers for outstanding industry support

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Recognized for his leadership in beef cattle health and food safety, Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Apley was honored for dedicating his career to improving animal health and veterinary medicine by sharing his insights and expertise on antibiotic use in livestock. 

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the annual award recognizes an academy member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization, as well as the beef cattle and veterinary medical professions. In support of the company’s longstanding commitment to honoring those who have made an indelible mark on the industry and supporting future leaders, Merck Animal Health also made a donation to the AVC Foundation in Apley’s honor.

"There is a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise among the membership that is willingly shared with others," Apley said. "To be selected by this group as one whose service has mattered is very humbling and rewarding."

Apley began his veterinary medicine career with a general practice in central Kansas, followed by a feedlot consulting/contract research practice in Colorado. He later joined the faculty at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and worked there until 2005, when he joined Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a professor of veterinary clinical sciences, where he teaches beef production medicine, large-animal medicine and pharmacology courses. 

In addition to his role as an educator, he has conducted industry research focusing on infectious disease, antibiotic efficiency and resistance, drug residues and applications of drugs in food animals. He is well known for his work with veterinarians and producers throughout the United States regarding the use of pharmaceutical drugs in food animals, as well as feedlot health.