The South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association held its 127th Annual Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls Aug. 12–15. The meeting included continuing education opportunities for over 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians, recognized outstanding accomplishments by professionals in the veterinary fields, and included the annual membership meeting. SDVMA also presented various awards at the meeting to recognize the commitment to, and excellence in veterinary medicine in South Dakota.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to honor an individual who has brought distinction to the veterinary profession through devotion to the care and well-being of animals, support for the profession, and contributions to the community. This individual exemplifies the profession, both personally and professionally, through support of veterinary medicine, research, colleagues, and/or students and through civic participation. This individual’s contributions have advanced the profession and serve as an inspiration to veterinarians and the clients he serves.

Dr. Peter Preheim was presented with the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Preheim graduated from Kansas State University in 1965. He held a position at the Tydall Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Glen Duncan for a year before purchasing the Marion Veterinary Clinic in his hometown, where he practiced until retiring. During his professional career, he served as President of SDVMA and as an AVMA delegate. He also served on the Animal Industry Board and was previously honored as an SDVMA Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Preheim is a strong supporter of organized veterinary medicine. He has attended every SDVMA annual meeting since graduation from veterinary school – 53 years (1965-2018) — and shares his passion for the profession and his colleagues at each meeting. At the annual meetings, his passion for woodworking and veterinary medicine combined to raise thousands of dollars for the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association through the annual auction to raise scholarship funds.

He has done this with the support of his wife, Lynette, who, herself, served twice as the President of the SDVMA Alliance and faithfully attended the SDVMA meetings with him until her health would not allow her to continue to do so.

Dr. Preheim and Lynette are members of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Marion. Dr. Preheim has served on numerous local boards and committees for the betterment of his community.

Dr. Preheim and Lynette’s family include son Richard Preheim and wife Leanne Farmwald, daughter Janine Preheim Addis and husband Curtis Addis, and granddaughters Kylee Addis and Brittaney Addis.

Veterinarian of the Year

The Veterinarian of the Year award recognizes an SDVMA member for service and accomplishments benefitting the profession of veterinary medicine. Dr. Ron Good received the Veterinarian of the Year award this year.

Dr. Good began his career as a 1972 graduate of Calva High School in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 in the top 3 percent of his class. He began practice at Adair County Vet Clinic in Greenfield, Iowa, where he practiced for 2 ½ years. He took a risk and moved to Parker, South Dakota in 1980, starting work from his basement before building his current practice building 12 years later. He has remained in that location since, having practiced for 40 years.

In addition to his successful veterinary practice, Dr. Good has a strong volunteering resume. He volunteers with the Parker middle schoolers each week, taking the teenagers on field trips, helping them build paintball fields. He also actively encourages young people to consider veterinary medicine. He is a strong advocate for 4-H and high school rodeo.

Dr. Good serves on the South Dakota Veterinary Exam Board and helps oversee the licensed veterinarians in the state.

He and his wife, Joyce, have 2 children, Benjamin and Autumn, and four grandchildren. They enjoy being able to spend time with their family and showing the grandchildren the patients in the clinic.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader award is made to an SDVMA member who graduated from veterinary school in the last 10 years and has displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, private practice, regulatory services, civic activities, and/or organized veterinary medicine.

Dr. Erica Koller of Edgemont received the 2018 Emerging Leader Award. She grew up in Edgemont, the oldest of three children. She attended South Dakota State University and received a bachelor of science degree in animal sciences before attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her veterinary degree in 2007 and returned to her hometown to begin work as an associate at the Cheyenne River Animal Hospital. She has advanced to be her own business owner and a trusted veterinarian for the ranchers and pet owners she serves.

Dr. Koller has a love of teaching. She has developed an externship program for veterinary students to experience rural practice settings. She also served on the SDVMA Continuing Education Committee.

She and her husband, Dustin Ross, have two children, Tucker (7) and Harper (5), and are an active part of their community. They are members of the Edgemont United Church and enjoy fast draw competitions. She is a volunteer for the Edgemont preschool board and active in maintaining her family’s 4th generation ranch operation.

Outstanding Veterinary Technician

Sara Steiner received the 2018 Outstanding Veterinary Technician Award in recognition of her support of veterinary medicine through her dedicated care and professional knowledge of the animals in her care. Sara graduated from Flandreau High School. She received her vet tech degree from National American University. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Littleton Large Animal Clinic. She joined Dakota Large Animal Clinic in Harrisburg in 2002, where she has been an invaluable part of the clinic, serving patients there for 16 years.

Steiner has mentored numerous young potential veterinary technicians and externships throughout her career. She is highly regarded by her colleagues and clients for her calm demeanor and professional work.

She volunteers with the Equine Rehab Rescue Project and enjoys rodeo and riding and raising horses. She qualified for the SDRA Rodeo Finals in goat tying last year.

Life Members

Drs. Norma Headlee, Kadoka, S.D.; William Headlee, Kadoka, S.D.; Bruce Naasz, Brandon, S.D.; Terry Hendrix, Artesian, S.D.; and Susan Sawyer, Avon, S.D. attained life membership status in the SDVMA for their years of practice. Life members have attained the age of 65 and have been members of SDVMA for at least 20 years.

Bill Davis Award

The 2018 Bill Davis Memorial Award went to Dana Ramm of Elanco. Ramm has been with Elanco as a sales representative for over 7 years. She is a 2010 graduate of Kansas State and previously was a banker at Wells Fargo. She joined Elanco in 2011. In 2013 she was the Elanco Feedlot MVP, and in 2014 she was the Elanco Beef MVP. Dana’s reputation in the industry is excellent. She is known for her outstanding customer service and her support of the veterinarians she serves.

She lives in Valentine, Nebraska with her husband, Shelby, and son, Carter. In her spare time she volunteers for the 4-H Council and loves roping and having friends over for supper.

Alliance Auction

The SDVMA Alliance raised over $6,000 in a benefit auction as part of the event. The money is used for scholarships for veterinary and veterinary technician students.

Board Members Elected

The following board members were elected for the coming year: Dr. Mark Braunschmidt, Brandon, president; Dr. Ethan Andress, Hettinger, ND, president-elect; Dr. Chanda Nilsson, Groton, vice president; Dr. Carolyn Geis, Emery, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Sandra Wahlert, Hot Springs, District 3 representative. Other board members are Dr. Angela Anderson, Sioux Falls, District 1 representative; Dr. Heidi Sorensen, Watertown, District 2 representative; Dr. Chris Chase, Brookings, AVMA delegate; Dr. Cindy Franklin, Yankton, AVMA alternate delegate; and Dr. Michelle Jensen, Harrisburg, past president.

The 2019 SDVMA annual meeting will be held August 11 – 14 in Sioux Falls.

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