Boehringer Ingelheim Sponsors the T. Douglas Byars Educator of the Year Award

Credit: Courtesy BIVI

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is proud to announce the sponsorship of the Boehringer Ingelheim, T. Douglas Byars Equine Emergency & Critical Care Educator of the Year award, which honors veterinary educators in the field of equine emergency and critical care. The award was renamed in 2015 in remembrance of Dr. T. Douglas Byars, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM, who passed away on July 7, 2014. 

“We at Boehringer Ingelheim are honored to sponsor this award and recognize the passion and commitment that Dr. Byars had for the equine industry,” said Dr. Robert Keene, Equine Technical Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. “He was a pioneer, a visionary and an important voice for equine medicine and he is sorely missed by our industry.”

Dr. Thomas Divers, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, added, “Dr. Byars was a legend in equine internal medicine, and was known around the world as the ‘go to person’ for consultation on serious or complicated medical issues in the horse. He was a staunch believer in being a voice for the horse and always wanted to do what was best for the horses in his care.”

The 2015 winner of the Boehringer Ingelheim T. Douglas Byars Equine Emergency & Critical Care Educator of the Year award is Dr. Jonathan Palmer from Kennett Square, Penn.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Palmer is an associate professor of medicine, director of perinatology and neonatology programs, and chief of the neonatal intensive care service at the university’s New Bolton Center. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

“When choosing the award winners each year the college (ACVECC) measures the contributions of an individual to equine and large animal emergency and critical care education and programs. Individuals who are nominated are voted on by the college diplomats,” Dr. Divers adds. “Dr. Palmer has been active in the education and training of large animal veterinary students at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 35 years and has shared wealth of knowledge and experiences with veterinarians world wide. We are honored to have him as our 2015 award recipient.”

The 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim T. Douglas Byars Equine Emergency and Critical Care Educator of the Year award will be announced during the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in September.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) is the fifth largest animal health company in the U.S. and produces innovative vaccine and pharmaceutical products for the prevention and treatment of diseases in the swine, cattle, equine and companion animal markets. BIVI is the U.S. subsidiary of the global Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH. Our U.S. headquarters are located within the KC Animal Health Corridor in St. Joseph, Mo., with other locations in Ames, Fort Dodge and Sioux Center, Iowa. With more than 3,600 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health achieved net sales of about 1.13 billion euros in 2014. In our research-driven Animal Health business, Boehringer Ingelheim continually invests more than 11% of net sales of the Animal Health business in R&D. The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally with 146 affiliates and a total of more than 47,700 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. Social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects, such as the initiative “Making more Health” and caring for the employees. Respect, equal opportunities and reconciling career and family form the foundation of the mutual cooperation. In everything it does, the company focuses on environmental protection and sustainability. For more information please visit

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