Anyone who follows Oxbow knows that the veterinary community has been central to our development and growth. In our earliest days, we enlisted top veterinarians to help us formulate products that met the dietary needs of small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas. Many of these initial formulas have been unchanged over the years and remain the standard in the industry. Meanwhile, the knowledge and input of top exotics vets have helped guide us as we have developed countless new products designed to provide optimum nutrition and enrichment for beloved pets.
Over the years, our relationship to the veterinary community has only grown. Today, we are proud to support vets with programs and tools designed to help further the field of animal medicine and care. Along with these programs, we feel it’s important to provide recognition as well. Established in 2009, our Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care.
I’m proud to announce that this year’s OEMHA recipient is Dr. Michelle Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins serves as Associate Professor of Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine & Surgery and Director of the California Raptor Center at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hawkins is an exceptional veterinarian who personifies all of the qualities that the Oxbow Award stands for – leadership, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. She is beloved by her colleagues and has helped make countless advances in the industry.
We presented Dr. Hawkins with the award at the annual AEMV Conference in October. I was not able to attend this year’s conference, but I was told that the reception in Dr. Hawkins’ honor was a great success. Congratulations, Dr. Hawkins! Keep up the great work!