Dr. Neil Dyer Receives NDVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award
The North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association (NDVMA) recently named Dr. Neil Dyer from NDSU as the "2018 North Dakota Veterinarian of the Year." Dr. Dyer was presented the distinguished award and honored at the NDVMA Annual Meeting held at the Delta Hotel in Fargo on August 2-4, 2018.
Dr. Dyer has served over 27 years in the veterinary profession and was recognized for his long term service to his community and veterinary medicine in North Dakota. His dedication to the practice of veterinary medicine has been described as "overarching" since he is consistently a mentor/advisor, voice of reason, and an advocate for so many in the profession.
Dr. Dyer currently serves as Institutional Attending Veterinarian and Director of Animal Resources at NDSU and was part of the team that designed the new NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
A longtime supporter of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Dyer has served on the board of directors in nearly all leadership positions and continues to serve on veterinary scholarship committees. He is also very instrumental in legislative issues and is a strong advocate for the advancement of the veterinary profession; especially pre-veterinary and veterinary students.
Dr. Dyer received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from NDSU in Zoology, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University - College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr. Dyer served as Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at NDSU for 20 years, stepping down at the end of 2017, and continues to advise many pre-veterinary students. He has visited a number of veterinary schools including St. Georges on the island-nation of Grenada and Ross University on St. Kitts. As part of his devotion and service to others he has traveled to Russia, Mongolia and Bolivia, and is an adjunct professor at the Mongolian State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has been very involved in Christian Veterinary Mission.
Dr. Dyer has been recognized through the years for his service and previously served on the WICHE advisory board and the North Dakota Board of Animal Health. He is a member of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The NDVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award was established in 1975, in order to recognize the time and efforts by its members, above and beyond that of normal participation, for the good of the Association and/or profession. This prestigious award recognizes those members who have exerted outstanding leadership in building a stronger NDVMA and contributed significantly to veterinary medicine in North Dakota.