Equine Veterinarian Honored with ACVIM Kirk Award

Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Georgetown, Ky., was the first private equine veterinarian to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence in the award's 18-year history. Byars received the award at the 25th annual American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum in June. The Kirk Award "honors individuals who have provided meritorious contributions to the veterinary profession."

"The 2007 recipient of the Kirk Award is a pioneer, a visionary, and has been an important voice for veterinary medicine, particularly equine medicine and the horse industry, for 33 years," said Thomas Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACECC, ACVIM, a professor of medicine at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, before presenting Byars with the award. "His pioneering success in establishing a valued role for equine internist in private practice opened the door for the many equine internists in private practice today."


Dr. Doug Byars (center) was named the 2007 Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence winner. Dr. Tom Divers (right) and Dr. Wendy Ware, ACVIM Board Chair.

“Standing here is a very humbling experience," said Byars, currently an independent equine medical consultant for Byars Equine Advisory, LLC, in Georgetown, Ky.

Byars has held offices in professional veterinary organizations at the national level including ACVIM, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Medical Association Executive Boards Advisory Committee. Byars also has dealt with cutting-edge infectious disease outbreak control, and he was invited to serve on the Kentucky Governor’s Task Force on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) during the outbreak in 2001-2002.

 ACVIM is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Established in 1973, ACVIM’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of animal health and diseases, and to foster the continued development of specialty veterinary care. For more information, please visit www.ACVIM.org.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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