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Montreal, Canada, was the site of the 45th Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Stephen Wadsworth from St. Albans, Vermont, was recognized for his participation in the Dairy Quality Center's Verified Premium Plus Program during the Dessert Reception sponsored by Merial.

Keith R. Carlson, Executive Director of the Dairy Quality Center is pleased to announce Dr. Stephen Wadsworth as the Quality Veterinarian of the Year. "Dr. Wadsworth's dedication and loyalty to his dairy clients includes the verification process to review various activities on the dairies," states Carlson. One of Dr. Wadsworth's goals for his dairy clients is to assist dairy managers to make the dairy more profitable. Through the Verified Premium Plus Program he has enabled his clients to receive discounts on insurance coverage/policies. Paying attention to the details aids dairy producers to reduce risks on the dairy and pay fewer out-of-pocket expenses on their insurance premiums.

Merial, a world-leading animal health company, Duluth, Georgia, and the Dairy Quality Center (DQC), Stratford, Iowa, co-sponsor this annual award, designed to recognize veterinarians who help dairy producers implement quality management practices within their operation.

"We are proud to support this award as part of our continued commitment to supporting the veterinarians who have a positive impact on the dairy industry," said Tom Van Dyke, DVM, Manager of Veterinary Services, Merial. "We applaud Dr. Wadsworth's dedication to strengthening production practices in an effort to produce the highest quality milk possible and keep the dairy profitable."

Dr. Wadsworth is associated with the Northwest Veterinary Associates, Inc., in St. Albans, Vermont. He is committed to his producers and their dairies by striving to guide and uphold them to be the best they can be. Dr. Wadsworth is a shining example that the veterinary/client relationship is viable and successful for all involved.

Congratulations to you, Dr. Wadsworth, for your commitment to your dairy clients and to the dairy industry!

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