By Audrey Hambright
Jacob Hagenmaier, a concurrent third-year veterinary and Ph.D. student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University was recently recognized as a recipient of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Student Recognition Award. Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the award was presented at the AABP Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to being one of 15 students from across the nation to be recognized, Hagenmaier also received a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the conference.
Hagenmaier, current treasurer and member of the AABP K-State Student Chapter, was humbled to be recognized for such a prestigious award.
“It is an honor to be chosen by groups as respected as Merck and AABP,” he said. “The support they have given me via this scholarship will help tremendously. I have every intention of using this award to give back to the industry and the future of bovine veterinary medicine.”
Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and director of the BCI, serves as Hagenmaier’s advisor for his graduate studies.
“Jacob is a humble, hard-working young man who is very deserving of this award. He is conducting a Ph.D. while completing his DVM degree,” Thomson said. “Awards are not hurdles, they are expectations of great things to come. Jacob will represent our profession, the beef industry and Kansas State University very well in the future.”
A native of Randolph, Kansas, Hagenmaier’s passion for the beef industry started at his family’s cow/calf operation set in the Flint Hills. The values he was raised on — hard work and commitment – easily align with those of others in the industry.
“I have the utmost respect for people within the beef industry and what it means to Kansas,” he said. “I saw veterinary medicine as a way to contribute to the sustainability of the beef industry and assist producers in being profitable.”
In addition to pursuing a DVM degree, Hagenmaier is simultaneously enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology that focuses on the effects of animal husbandry and handling on the performance of late-day finishing cattle. He feels his work in veterinary medicine as well as his graduate studies will allow him to make a positive contribution to the public perception of the industry and address misconceptions about production agriculture.
“It is an opportunity to make sure that we as producers are doing things the right way by putting animal health and husbandry at the top of our priorities,” he said.
His involvement in student activities has added to his overall experience at K-State providing him with networking opportunities and hands-on learning experiences. Additionally, Hagenmaier is grateful for the support from those in the industry as he works toward his goals in beef production medicine.
“As students we take a leap of faith in an industry where we incur a large amount of loans without certainty of job placement,” he said. “I believe I speak for all veterinary students when I say that we are extremely appreciative of groups that invest in student education and the future of the industry.”