MSU Alum Receives 'Legend of the Year' Award

The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to congratulate our alumna Tanja Molby, DVM, for receiving the second annual "Legend of the Year" award by Bayer Animal Health. The award was presented to Molby at the 57th Annual Convention of the American Association for Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San Antonio, Texas, November 18-22, 2011.

The Bayer Animal Health Legend of the Year Award recognizes veterinary professionals who provide equitarian aid or exceptional care for horses in need. The award--a $5,000 donation in Dr. Molby's name--will go to the Michigan Equine Foundation (MEF) located in Traverse City, Mich. Bayer HealthCare's Animal Health Division asked horse owners and colleagues to nominate veterinary professionals whose commitment to equine care has been exceptional for the Bayer Animal Health Legend of the Year Award. More than 500 nominations were received from August 1, 2011 through October 15, 2011, many of them detailing how vet professionals have responded to the problem of horse abandonment.

"The Bayer Animal Health Legend of the Year Award was created to honor veterinary professionals that go above and beyond the call of duty, making selfless and heroic contributions to better equine health," said Scott King DVM, equine product manager at Bayer HealthCare's Animal Health Division, who presented the award during the keynote speech at the meeting. "This award is part of Bayer's commitment to developing and providing animal health solutions, which veterinarians like Dr. Tanja Molby are using in their daily care of horses."

According to Bayer, nearly 170,000 horses in the United States are subject to improper care, abuse, or neglect. Molby was recognized for her efforts in helping create the MEF, a nonprofit group that promotes equine health and wellness through education and awareness, and to provide services for horses in need. In addition, the MEF assists horses and their owners with veterinary care and hay when facing economic hardship.

"I am so humbled, really humbled," said Molby. "Equine welfare has become a huge problem in recent years. It is very meaningful that this [the award] is in recognition of something that is such a large part of my life."

Molby earned her DVM from MSU in 2001 and is currently an adjunct professor in the Practice-Based Ambulatory Program. She lives and practices in Suttons Bay, Mich.

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