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Dr. Phil Prater earns KVMA award

prater-400-500.jpgDr. Philip Prater, a professor of veterinary technology at MSU, has been awarded the 2018 Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) Distinguished Service Award of the Year.  He received the award at the 2018 KVMA Mid-America Convention, held in Louisville in September. 

Prater earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DMV) from Ohio State University (OSU) in 1984. Before coming to MSU, Prater interned at OSU and did his residency at the University of Tennessee before going into private practice. He began teaching at MSU in 1998, and currently serves on:

The organizing committee for the Buffalo Trace Clinic Days CE Meeting which supports the MSU Vet Tech student scholarships. 

The KVMA Legislative Committee, the KVMA Food Animal Committee and as chair of the KVMA Emergency Preparedness Committee. 

The advisory boards of the Kentucky Cattleman’s Association, the Kentucky Beef Network, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Market Development.  

He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters on large and small animal reproduction. Prater serves as faculty advisor to pre-veterinary medicine students and the Pre-Vet club and has served as chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences. Prater teaches veterinary technology classes at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex, MSU’s 250-acre farm. 

“I was truly shocked and humbled to receive this award,” Prater said. 

This adds to a long list of awards and recognitions for Prater. In 2006, he was named the Veterinarian of the Year by the KVMA, and he also received the Outstanding Senior Teacher Award from the American Association of Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources. In 2008, Prater earned the Morehead State University Distinguished Teacher Award. 

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