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Dudley named NCVMA’s Young Veterinarian of the Year

Harrison Dudley, clinical assistant professor of ruminant health management at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the Young Veterinarian of the Year by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.

The honor is given for, “outstanding medical, communication and leadership skills shown in less than five years of professional experience,” said Claire Holley, NCVMA executive director.

Dudley, 30, joined the CVM as a clinical veterinarian in 2014 and became an assistant professor the following year. He is a 2012 graduate of the CVM. Dudley earned his bachelor’s in animal science from NC State in 2008 and is an alum of the university’s Food Animal Scholar and Park Scholar programs.

“I was very honored to receive the Young Veterinarian of the Year award,” Dudley said. “I feel like I just get the job done most days and hope that I provide our students with the best educational experience they could get.”

Among other duties, Dudley teaches multiple courses and labs for first- through third-year students, leads fourth-year students in field-based clinical settings and provides vet services to NC State and North Carolina Department of Agriculture research herds

“Vets have a place at the table in both companion animal management and production animal management, and it is my goal to do my part to secure that place for our profession, especially in North Carolina.”

Before returning to his alma mater to teach, Dudley was an associate veterinarian with Carolina Equine and Food Animal Mobile Veterinary Services in Siler City, N.C. His primary academic interests include beef cattle production systems, reproduction techniques and calf-cow business development.

“Whether in the classroom, the hospital or on the farm, it is my goal to give anyone I work with the most objective, accurate and constructive experience I can,” said Dudley. “Vets have a place at the table in both companion animal management and production animal management, and it is my goal to do my part to secure that place for our profession, especially in North Carolina.”

For more information on the NCVMA, go here.