Kim Ralston
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(January 31, 2024) – Dr. Kenton Morgan, Faucett, Mo. was the recipient of the 2024 Veterinarian of the Year Award at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) Annual Convention held January 25-28 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. Dr. James Morehead, Lexington, Ky., presented the award.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award is the premiere recognition bestowed by the association. The award winner is determined annually by the MVMA Board members, who represent nearly 1,700 veterinary members of the MVMA in Missouri. The recipient of this highest honor is chosen based on their impeccable reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable veterinarian, their dedication and service to their patients and clients, their service as an integral participant in their community, the engagement and leadership in organized veterinary medicine, their mentorship to our future veterinarians, the admiration and respect held for them among their peers, and the positive impact they have had on the lives they have touched.

Dr. Morgan practiced equine medicine for eleven years before joining Bayer Animal Health where he was a Senior Technical Services Veterinarian. Prior to joining Zoetis, Dr. Morgan managed the Equine Field Professional Services Team at Fort Dodge Animal Health.

He is well known and respected in the equine industry where he has served on numerous committees and task forces. Dr. Morgan currently sits on the MVMA Executive Board, AQHA Research Committee and the advisory committee of the Equine Disease Communication Center. He is a past board member of the AAEP. He has authored white papers/position statements for the AAEP on topics including Veterinary Compounding, Medical Devices and Equine Plasma products. He has also contributed to the reviews of AAEP guidelines regarding equine vaccination. Dr. Morgan co-chaired the External Parasite Control guidelines committee. He has chaired the AAEP’s Biologics and Therapeutic Agents committee, Reproduction and Perinatal committee and the Professional Conduct and Ethics committee. He also served on the Pediatrics and Leadership Development committees.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Association is the society for veterinarians in the state, dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for professionalism and ethics in animal health care in Missouri. The association was founded to help the veterinarian better serve the welfare of animals and their owners.


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The MVMA’s 2023 Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Kenton Morgan (right), Faucett, Mo. at ceremonies held January 27th. Dr. James Morehead (left), Lexington, Ky., presented the award to Dr. Morgan.