It is with great pleasure that I announce the recipient of the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year, Dr. Harold Mike Beard. Dr. Beard’s service and contributions to the veterinarian community, the academic community, and the local community in which he practices have proven his dedication to the practice of Veterinary Medicine. He is most certainly worthy of the distinction and honor of Veterinarian of the Year. He is married to his wife Glenda and they have 2 children and one granddaughter.
Dr. Beard’s education began in 1977 when he attended Southern Arkansas University, graduating with a degree in Pre-Veterinarian Studies. He then continued on to Louisiana State University, where in 1983 he obtained the degree of Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. Dr. Beard began practicing in Hope, Arkansas, and over the next thirty years he’s served the communities of De Queen, Ashdown, Nashville, Hot Springs and Conway, Arkansas. His practice history has included emergency care, large animal ambulatory service, and diagnostics for difficult and routine cases, surgery, dentistry, as well as serving as a consultant to area veterinarians.
Dr. Beard’s expertise in the field of Pain Management, has led to his being invited to give presentations locally and nationally to Drug Development advisory panels, Veterinary Medical Associations, and college Veterinary Technology classes. He also has contributed multiple articles for publication in Modern Veterinary Practice, and Veterinary Forum. Dr. Beard has also been recruited by state and local Veterinarian Associations to give seminars on Small Animal Practice and Medical Records Management.
The leadership roles that Dr. Beard has served in the veterinarian community include:
- Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association: District VIII Representative, 2003-2005; Vice President, 2005; President Elect, 2006; President, 2007; and Past President, 2008.
- Advisory Board Member for: Arkansas State University (Beebe), Veterinary Technician Program; and Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory
- Arkansas Veterinary Medical Foundation: Board of Directors
- American Board of Veterinary Practitioners: Credentials Committee
- Southwest Veterinary Symposium: Continuing Education Program Committee
Dr. Beard has also spent a great deal of time and energy involved in the betterment of his local community. He was a member and officer of the Ashdown Arkansas Rotary Club, and has served and held offices in Ashdown, Arkansas’ Chamber of Commerce. While in Nashville, Arkansas, he was a member of the Rotary Club, and has served as a Cub Scout Leader in Conway, Arkansas. Dr. Beard is also a member of New Life Church in Conway.
The AVMA members thank you, Dr. Beard, for the generous contributions of your time and expertise to the veterinarian communities and the civic communities you’ve provided over the course of your career. In the words of Woodrow Wilson:
"You are not here merely to make a living
You are here in order to enable the world to live more
amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and
achievement. You are here to enrich the world,
and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
Thank you for being such a dear friend to me and such an asset to the veterinary profession. Dr. Beard, you have served our world amply, and for that we honor you with the 2011 Veterinarian of the Year.