Erskine Receives MVMA's
2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award
Dr. Michael Erskine
(right) receives MVMA’s 2013 Distinguished Veterinarian Award
from MVMA President Dr. Krista Evans.
Dr. Michael Erskine received MVMA’s
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:
The nominee must be a graduate of a recognized veterinary
The nominee must have been an MVMA member for the last five
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 MVMA’s 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
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
Over the years Dr. Erskine’s
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
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Erskine.