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Dr. William Brown - DVM 1971

Annual Conference for Veterinarians 2003

Dr. William Brown

Currently Dr. William Brown, ACVPM, serves as a Health Services Veterinarian, Monsanto Choice Genetics, A Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He has overall responsibility for the health management of several swine farms in the United States and Canada. His responsibilities include creating and implementing plans for diagnostics, periodic herd health audits, maintaining brucellosis validated and pseudorabies qualified negative sites, providing technical support to sales and marketing personnel, vaccination and medication procedures, and supporting customer service. The job allows Dr. Brown to facilitate interaction with a large number of people across many different disciplines in fields of production, food safety, epidemiology, diagnostics, genetics, biotechnology, academia, research, regulatory medicine, and other entities of the scientific community.

The United States Army Reserve (USAR) attracted Dr. Brown early on in his academic studies. He entered the USAR through the Early Commissioning Program in January of 1968, starting a 35-year career where he achieved the rank of Colonel. After graduation from K-State, he spent over two year’s active duty as Deputy Commander, Medical Department Activities, at Ft. Wolters, Texas. He then served in various staff and command officer positions across the country. During Desert Shield/Desert Storm, in 1991, he spent from January through July, at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, working on the Equine Botulism Project. It was a scientific team effort producing hyper-immune equine plasma for producing human tetanus antitoxin. "It was an opportunity to work in the management and coordination of a large scientific project, coming directly from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, producing a desired outcome in a short period of time," noted Dr. Brown. Augsburg, Germany, from July through December, 1996, was his next active duty assignment. It was in support of Operation Joint Endeavor to backfill for those serving in Bosnia. His last active duty assignment to date was from March through September of 2002, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, with the Department of Defense, Veterinary Service Activity, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia.

Dr. Brown's current reserve duty assignment is Assistant to Veterinary Corps Chief, Mobilization & Reserve Affairs.

During his career, Dr. Brown has received several medals and badges including: the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (with two bronze service stars), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon. The Order of Military Medical Merit was also recently awarded for significant contributions to the United States Army Medical Department.

Professional society memberships held by Dr. Brown include: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the United States Animal Health Association, American Association of Industrial Veterinarians and American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians.

Dr. Brown has also been an active office holder in these organizations including: present member, Kansas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, past chair, KVMA Strategic Planning committee, past member KVMA Finance Committee, KVMA past member, Board of Directors and past member, KVMA Ethics Committee.

At Kansas State, Dr. Brown was a member of the Phi Zeta Honorary Society, the Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary Society, the Alpha Zeta Honor Society and the KSU Varsity Track Team.

Dr. Brown and his wife, Marilyn, live in Wamego, Kansas. They have three children Heather, Holly and Haley, who all graduated from Kansas State University. Dr. Brown is still an active runner, completing 30 twenty-six mile marathons in the last several years.