Michigan State University large animal veterinarian Dan Grooms has been elected president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the largest organization of cattle veterinarians in the world.
Grooms, also an MSU AgBioResearch scientist, will provide leadership and direction for the organization, which represents the interests of veterinarians specializing in cattle throughout North America and parts of Europe and South America.
He was installed Sept. 21 during the 46th Annual AABP Conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Grooms served previous to this election as AABP vice president and said he is humbled by the support of the organization and looks forward to embracing the challenges ahead.
"In the bovine profession, as well as in animal agriculture in general, we're facing many challenges," he says. "One of the themes I'll be developing is that, yes, we have all these challenges, but in those challenges are lots of opportunities. The theme of this year's conference that I organized was 'embracing challenges and creating opportunities.' That's a message I'll be taking forward into the future."
In addition to providing educational opportunities to its 6,000 members, the group also informs on topics such as animal welfare, food safety and prudent pharmaceutical usage, says Grooms.
"Ultimately, it's all about helping our members stay at the top level of their field," Grooms says.
Grooms, who specializes in large animal medicine, has been on the faculty of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine since 1997. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell University in 1985 and his doctorate of veterinary medicine and a Ph.D. in veterinary preventive medicine from Ohio State University in 1989 and 1996, respectively.