Dr. Bill Frevert Honored By IVMA
The Iowa Veterinary Medicine Association awarded the Meritorious Service Award, during its 2009 Annual Meeting at a reception on September 17, 2009.
The Meritorious Service award was established in 1992 and has been given annually to those who have given their time and effort to the association in service to the IVMA members, officers and staff. These individuals are those who help the organization get the work done. Dr. William Frevert is this year’s IVMA Meritorious Service Award recipient.
Dr. William Frevert graduated from ISU CVM in 1960. He entered the Service and was a Post Officer in Charge of Food Inspection at Fort Lewis, WA. He was discharged in 1962 and worked in Cushing, IA, for six months before moving to Emmetsburg to establish a practice with Dr. Marks in 1963. In 2000 he had knee replacement surgery and became semi-retired. He is now completely retired.
Dr. Frevert’s wife, Marcie, said that veterinary medicine was the most important thing in the world to him and she was happy to take the next place in line. He has been active in the Methodist Church and 4-H all of his life. Dr. Frevert is an honorary 4-H member, and became a life member of the IVMA in 2003. He is also an Honor Roll Member of the AVMA. Bill was instrumental in getting a Low Rent Housing office in Emmetsburg In the early ’70s.He also served on the Farm Advisory Council for Iowa Lakes Community College for twenty years. He helped with the Farm Safety Days each year showing children about being around animals safely.
Dr. Frevert has served as a great liaison for veterinary medicine in the Capitol. Since his wife’s election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1996, he has spent the legislative sessions at the Capitol talking about animal agriculture issues. Legislators rely on Bill to listen and condense vast amounts of information into an easily understood form, discuss if it is good public policy and present that information in a non-confrontational way. Bill is a good ambassador for veterinary medicine at the Capitol, visiting with visitors concerning issues of food safety, animal health, livestock and environmental regulations, and funding concerns.
Bill was very instrumental in acquiring funding for phase I and phase 2 of the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center and increased funding for the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The veterinary profession and Iowa animal owners are indebted for his many contributions.