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Erskine Receives MVMA's 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award


Dr. Michael Erskine (right) receives MVMAs 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award from MVMA President Dr. Krista Evans.

Dr. Michael Erskine received MVMAs 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian award at the Summer Conference in Ocean City. The Distinguished Veterinarian award is presented to a member who has tirelessly served the veterinary profession, with active work within our profession as well as service to the veterinary community at the local, state or national level. Award criteria specifies that:

  1. The nominee must be a graduate of a recognized veterinary college.

  2. The nominee must have been an MVMA member for the last five consecutive years.

  3. The nominee will be a member of our profession who has demonstrated consistent effort on behalf of our fellow veterinarians to enhance and strengthen their professional environment at the local, state or national level of organized veterinary medicine.

Dr. Erskine was introduced by MVMA President Dr. Krista Evans. Following are her remarks.
It is my honor today to present MVMAs Distinguished Veterinarian Award for 2013 to Dr. Michael Erskine.

Dr. Erskine is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from the class of 1988. He is a founding member of the VMRCVM Alumni Association and a strong supporter of the mentor program at the veterinary school.

After graduating from VMRCVM, Dr. Erskine initially elected to work as an equine practitioner. He started practicing in Pennsylvania in 1988, and then returned to Maryland in 1990 to focus on pleasure and sport horses. He remains an equine practitioner, despite the long hours, emergency outbreaks of equine diseases and disasters, the often special horse clientele, (As a horse owner, I can say that.), and the physical demands of working with this large, impressive species.

Over the years Dr. Erskines dedication to the MVMA has been proven by many hours spent serving as an officer, on the board of directors of the MVMA, and on multiple committees. He has helped to coordinate the CE equine tracks for the MVMA for many years, and served more recently by assisting with the equine track for the Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference. He has been the equine representative on the MVMA board for many years, and was the MVMA president in 2000-2001. He presently chairs our Maryland Veterinary Foundation. He has even recruited a family member to work with the MVMA as legal council

Dr. Erskine is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and has served on their Infectious Disease Committee. He was president of the Maryland Horse Council from 2005-2009. He is board- certified by the ABVP and served as president of the organization this past calendar year. Dr. Erskine created a veterinary internship for new graduates in his practice in 2001, and more recently, in 2012, started an ABVP-approved residency in equine practice.

In his spare time, Dr. Erskine has served many years on the advisory council at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center and is presently acting as their interim director. I do not know where he finds the time.

In addition to all of that, he is an excellent veterinarian who goes the extra mile in client service, communication and education. I can personally attest to his extra efforts since he graciously reviewed pre-purchase radiographs of my young warmblood when I needed a second opinion.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Erskine.

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