Dr. Kevin Washburn, associate professor in food animal internal medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was awarded the 2010 “Continuing Educator of the Year” award in the Food Animal category from the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC).
The WVC is an annual continuing education conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada that has been providing education efforts for almost 83 years. As one of the largest meetings of veterinary practitioners around the world, the conference focuses on six topics: small animal, avian and exotics, food animal, practice management, education for technicians, and equine. A winner is selected from each category by the attendees of the conference each year and is awarded the coveted “Continuing Educator of the Year” award.
About 60 other professionals were asked to speak by the WVC committee in the food animal division. Washburn’s topic was on small ruminant medicine, and he gave four different speeches during the 2010 conference.
“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen as the lead educator of the food animal section,” explained Washburn. “This award came as a complete surprise to me. It is very special to me because it was chosen by my peers.”
Washburn joined the CVM faculty in 2005. He received his DVM in 1993 from Oklahoma State University. Washburn holds numerous leadership positions in several organizations. He is a program committee chair for the Southwest Veterinarian Symposium as well as the interactive laboratory coordinator. He is also very active in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine for which he has served as food animal program chair.
Washburn will be recognized for this award at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 2011.
“I have been asked to be a speaker at the Western Veterinary Conference in 2012,” said Washburn. “I am excited to return because this year I had such a great experience. I saw a lot of former students, colleagues, and other professionals that I enjoyed connecting with. This conference holds a lot of tradition, and I am happy and proud to be a part of it.”