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Dr. Jörg Mayer Named 2016 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award Winner


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Dr. Mayer (right), with Micah Kohles, DVM, Oxbow’s director of veterinary science and outreach

Oxbow Animal Health of Murdock, Neb., announced Jörg Mayer, DVM, Dipl. American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Exotic Companion Mammal Practice), as the winner of the 2016 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award. Established in 2009, the award is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. Mayer, who serves as associate professor of zoological medicine in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, was presented with the award at ExoticsCon 2016 in Portland, Ore., at a reception in his honor.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Jörg Mayer with the 2016 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award,” said John Miller, president and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. “No fewer than 23 highly respected veterinary professionals attached their names to Jörg’s nomination letter. Jörg is as accomplished as he is respected by his peers.

“He has given tirelessly to boards, organizations and the industry in general, all while regularly publishing, presenting and paving the way for innovations in exotic animal medicine,” Miller continued. “He has impacted the lives of countless aspiring veterinarians in his teaching positions at Tufts and the University of Georgia. We are truly honored to recognize him with this well-deserved award.”

In response to receiving the award, Mayer said, “To be nominated and selected for any award by highly respected peers in your professional life is truly one of the highest recognitions one can think of. I am still astonished that my colleagues and friends deemed me suitable to receive this highly respected award."

From 2001 to 2010, Mayer held multiple positions at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Other past professional engagements include serving as visiting scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and field research work with wild and captive tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea.

Mayer is a regular presenter at professional meetings and conferences throughout the world. Publications include 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributions in 20 book chapters. He regularly contributes to professional editorial boards and has performed extensive consulting work within the industry. Among many professional awards, Mayer received the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians’ Presidential Award for Dedicated Service in 2006 and was named Exotic Speaker of the Year at the North American Veterinary Community Conference in 2013.

The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine. Nominations are made by submitting a CV and a letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities.

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