Dr. Dale Grotelueschen Honored as “Veterinarian of the Year”


La Vista, Neb., September 14, 2017 – Dr. Dale Grotelueschen of Harvard, Nebraska, was honored for his dedication to the profession with the “Veterinarian of the Year” award for 2017, by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA), during the banquet at their 122nd  Annual Convention in La Vista, January 25, 2018. Dale Grotelueschen

Dr. Grotelueschen received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1974. Following graduation he practiced for 11 years in Wisconsin and Nebraska.  He worked 16 years with the University of Nebraska as Asst. Professor Veterinary Extension Diagnostics, Director of the Panhandle Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. During this time he received his Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from CSU in 1996.  Then he worked in industry for 13 years as a Technical Services Veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis.  Currently he is the Director of the University of Nebraska Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center located in Clay Center.

“It would be nice if I could glean a trait, a style, a predilection of this man that, were I to adopt it, might enable me to a brighter future,.” stated Dr. Robert Stout as he introduced Dr. Grotelueschen.

Dr. Grotelueschen is a prolific writer, a renowned speaker, and recognized authority within the beef industry.  He has been a featured speaker at 11 different state Veterinary Medical Associations and to date has give over 600 presentations to regional, state, national and international veterinary organizations.  He has written or co-authored over 200 published articles in industry publications, and has authored chapters in text books, including Veterinary Clinics of North America.

“I find that Dr. Grotelueschen is one of the most unselfish people that I know who gives tirelessly of himself to better the cause of the livestock industry and veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Alan Doster.

Dr. Grotelueschen has been active in the profession as well as his community in the following areas; Past President of the NVMA; serving on the NVMA Continuing Education Committee, Past President of the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Committee, Past President of Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Past President American Association Extension Veterinarians, AVMA, AABP, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Society for Theriogenology, Nebraska Cattlemen and the NCBA where he chairs the BVD Working Group.  He is an active member of their Lutheran Church  where he has served on numerous boards and committees.  He has been married to his wife Liza for 48 years and then have 2 adult daughters Sarah and Kris.

“The NVMA Mission is Advancing and Advocating the role of the Veterinary Profession in Animal Health, Welfare and Public Protection.”