Colette Johnston (left) of the Dairy Quality Center and Dr. Tom Van Dyke (right), Manager of Merial Veterinary Services Team, presented Dr. J. Drexel Wheeler with a plaque honoring him at the 2016 DQC Quality Veterinarian of the Year. The award was presented at the 49th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual meeting held September 15-17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Drexel Wheeler, born and raised in North Carolina felt his Grandfather’s influence of farming, animals and nature and decided that he wanted to become a veterinarian. He attended North Carolina State University for his undergraduate, and then received his DVM from Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Wheeler has established Valley Wide Veterinary Services – a multi-person dairy practice to provide dairy clients with preventable health in reproduction, milk quality and metabolic diseases.
Dr. Wheeler has been active in the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Eastern Europe and Africa. He serves as Chairman on the Vermont Veterinary Medical Board, is active in the Vermont state veterinary association of AABP and NMC and is involved in the local Lions Club.
Dr. Wheeler is married to Vicki whom he met in Tennessee. They have been married 37 years and have 2 sons.
The Dairy Quality Center relies on veterinarians exclusively to audit animal welfare and sustainable practices. The DQ Center and Merial applaud all veterinarians working with milk and dairy beef producers to ensure safe and sustainable food production practices.
Congratulations Dr. Wheeler! You are making a difference in the health and quality of life for animals on Vermont dairies.