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Dr. Chris Duemler is the 2016 Dr. Ronald E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year

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Dr. Chris Duemler is the 2016 Dr. Donald E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year

During the AASRP Annual Membership Meeting held on August 6, 2016 at the AVMA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, AASRP President Dr. Patty Scharko announced that Dr. Chris Duemler from Brodhead, Wisconsin was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Donald E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year Award.

Dr. Duemler has been an active member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners for more than ten years and is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association where he represents AASRP on the Clinical Practitioner Advisory Committee.  Memberships in other veterinary associations include the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and the Rock Valley Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Duemler has provided veterinary services to goats, sheep and cattle at the Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center in Brodhead, Wisconsin for the past 39 years.  In addition to routine cattle practice, Chris serves numerous small herds of sheep and goats, and over 30 commercial goat dairies.  Prior to the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin, he also provided veterinary care for a farmed elk herd.  His participation in the 2013 AABP Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination Pre-Conference Seminars held at this practice was critical to the success of the endeavor, and the profits shared by AABP to AASRP were substantial.

Dr. Duemler and his family own Riven Oak Nubians consisting of 30-35 goats on a 60-acre farm near Brodhead.  Chris is actively involved in the American Dairy Goat Association where he served on the Reproductive Technologies Committee, and in the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association where he was elected Director. 

Dr. Duemler has presented numerous small ruminant lectures for the State Veterinary Medical Associations for Eastern Iowa, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to the American Dairy Goat Association and the Animal Health Institute.  Chris has also provided several lectures and wet labs for the Small Ruminant Club at the University of Wisconsin Veterinary School.

Dr. Duemler contributed the chapter on “Herd Health Procedures and Prevention” for the Dairy Goat Production Handbook produced by Langston University American Institute for Goat Research.  He is one of three authors for Dairy Goat Management – Best Management Practices, a 161 page PDF available online at the Wisconsin Dairy Goat Association website.  This comprehensive workbook was created to assist dairy goat producers wanting to expand into commercial production.

Other community activities include service as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for his church, work with local 4H groups, participation on his township zoning board, and allowing numerous students to shadow him in practice.

In reviewing the qualifications for the Dr. Donald E. Bailey Small Ruminant Practitioner of the Year Award. Dr. Chris Duemler emulates the love Dr. Bailey had for the veterinary profession through his service to students, clients and colleagues; his willingness to share his experience through teaching, community service and mentorship; and his affection and stewardship for small ruminants

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