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Ediger Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Raymond Ediger addresses the audience at MVMA's 2012 Summer Conference.

The MVMA bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award upon Dr. Raymond Ediger for his years of dedicated and outstanding service and leadership to the organization and for his many years of representing the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Ediger, a 1961 graduate of Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, is a 51-year and life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has also been a member of the Western Veterinary Medical Association for 43 years, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer for 22 years. He is presently representing the WMVMA as a delegate to the MVMA Board of Directors.

At the state level he was chairman of the Retired Veterinarians Committee, and is presently on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Upon graduation Dr Ediger was drafted into the Army Veterinary Corps where he trained military dogs, operated on-post veterinary clinics and performed subsistence inspections. During his last post at Fort Detrick, Maryland he was assigned to the Animal Production Facility. There he established the Lab Animal Diagnostic Laboratory. Several years later he established a similar laboratory at the National Institutes of Health animal production facility.

Dr. Ediger is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has published 33 papers in scientific journals and several others in text books. He has been the invited speaker at numerous conferences, reviewed papers for journals and has been an instructor in the U.S. Army Lab Animal preceptorship training program. He has served on many committees, including the Institutional Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committees of USAMRIID, Lonza and USAMBRL. He is also an active member of the Southern Research IACUC.

After leaving the military, he managed the Fort Detrick Animal Production Facility and led it to prominence amongst lab animal production facilities. In 1977, Dr. Ediger joined the Maryland Department of Agriculture as a field veterinarian with epidemiological responsibilities for Central and Western Maryland counties and led Maryland to a Brucella-free status.

In 1985 Dr. Ediger developed the Johne’s eradication program in Maryland and assisted with the development of the Maryland Scrapie eradication program. He sits on the Maryland Animal Disease Traceability Committee and the Frederick County Disaster Preparedness Committee.

In his tenure with the MDA he instructed veterinary students from the VMRCVM in their public service clerkship. He has consulted internationally about veterinary needs of developing communities in the Amazon, for the Galapagos Islands and for Ecuador’s 13 veterinary schools.

The Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association created an award and stipend in his honor in 1999: each year the most worthy contestant at the Frederick County Science Fair is awarded the Dr. Raymond Ediger Award for Excellence in Agriculture. His special interest in children is further evident in his 45 years of supporting the 4-H with workshops, public speaking, coaching and judging. He was recognized by Governor Ehrlich in 2006 for his volunteer work.

Residents of Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Ediger and his wife are active in their local community and church, and they stay busy with their purebred Shorthorn beef cattle on the family farm that has been maintained for over a century. A gentleman and a scholar, Dr. Raymond Ediger is clearly deserving of this award for a lifetime of service to veterinary medicine.

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