Dr. W. Bruce Wren
Western Veterinary Conference 2003
Dr. W. Bruce Wren, 1958 graduate of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, will receive a 2003 Alumni Recognition Award. K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Alumni Association sponsor the award. The award is given in thanks and acknowledgement of time and effort devoted to advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and for being an exemplary role model for future alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. The awards ceremony will take place at the K-State Alumni Reception from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., held in conjunction with the Western States Veterinary Conference on Monday, February 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Wren is currently President of Wren Veterinary Consulting Service of Overland Park, Kansas. He started his career in the U.S. Army, serving two years as Captain and Post Veterinarian at Fort Jackson, South Carolina from 1958 to 1960. Coming back to K-State, he worked as Pathology Department Instructor for two years, earning a master's in Veterinary Pathology in 1962 before spending a year in private practice in Ottawa, Kansas. He then went to work for Armour-Baldwin Labs in Omaha, starting a long and distinguished career as a tech services veterinarian and veterinary pathologist.
Bruce returned to K-State in 1965 to again work as a Pathology Instructor and finish his PhD in Veterinary Pathology in 1968. He found his way north again to work as Chief of Tech Services for Dellen Labs in Omaha. In 1971 he started his own company, Wren Veterinary Pathology Service, which he operated in Omaha until 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he called the University of Nebraska-Lincoln home, serving as Veterinary Pathologist for the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab of the Veterinary Science Department. Dr. Wren then spent 18 years as tech sciences veterinarian for four national companies: Pioneer Hi-Bred in Des Moines, Iowa, Sanofi Animal Health in Overland Park, Kansas, Rhone Merieux Animal Health and Merial in Athens, Georgia. Coming home to Overland Park, Kansas, he has been owner of Wren Veterinary Consulting Service since 1999.
During his career Dr. Wren authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and has been active professionally in numerous state and national organizations including: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); board member, American Association of Swine Producers (AASP); board member, Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC); board member and past president, American Association of Industrial Veterinarians (AAIV); American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP); board member and past president, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA); Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA); Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA); American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD); board member and current large animal program coordinator, Western Veterinary Conference; and past president, K-State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association.
Dr. Wren was born in Emporia and grew up in Ottawa and Kansas City, Kansas. His wife of 48 years, Frances, is a 1957 K-State graduate and is from Kansas City, Kansas. They live in Overland Park and have raised four children, Mark, Leslie, Russell and Geni and have two grandchildren.