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(February 1, 2023) – Dr. Carol Ryan, Wentzville, Mo. was the recipient of the 2023 Veterinarian of the Year Award at the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) Annual Convention held January 26-29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo. Dr. Robert Hertzog, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 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 1,900 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. Ryan is a 1992 graduate of the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked as a mixed animal practitioner at the Troy & Wentzville Veterinarian Clinics since graduation. She was raised on a registered Angus and swine farm and is still involved in the production of beef at the family’s Centralia farm.

She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, and the GSLVMA. Dr. Ryan has been president of the MVMA and its Academy, AAVSB Race program screener and a co-chairman of the Missouri State Medical Board. She is an AVMA alternate delegate and attends many nationwide meetings focusing on AVMA advocacy and leadership training. She currently serves on AVMA’s Committee of Scientific Activities. She is a member of Sacred Heart Church, the St. Charles Cattlemen’s and Pork Producers, is a 4-H club leader and a 4-H livestock advisor.

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 Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Carol Ryan (left), Wentzville, Mo. at ceremonies held January 29th. Dr. Robert Hertzog (right) presented the award.