IVMA Lifetime Achievement Award:  Dr. Greg Kurtz, Hagerstown, IN

This award recognizes an IVMA member for cumulative service and accomplishments benefiting the profession, organized veterinary medicine, and the community.


Dr. Kurtz is a livestock veterinarian and co-owner of Kurtz Veterinary Clinic in Hagerstown, IN.  Dr. Kurtz, and his wife Robyn, who also is a veterinarian, graduated from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and began practice in Hagerstown in 1983 after practicing one year in central Wisconsin.  Kurtz Veterinary Clinic is a four-doctor practice serving the livestock and pet owners of east central Indiana.  His areas of practice interest are cattle reproduction and dairy herd health consulting.  Dr. Kurtz services herds ranging in size from 40 to 5200 milking cows and herds that vary from grazing organic herds to confined herds milked by robotics.  He is an active member of Zions’ Lutheran Church, Pershing; serves on the Board of Directors of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau Animal Care Policy Advisory Group, and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, and John Purdue Club.  Dr. Kurtz currently sits on the IVMA Board of Directors.

IVMA President’s Award: Dr. Dana Conner, Indianapolis, IN

The President’s Award is given by the IVMA President and recognizes an Indiana veterinarian or citizen who has made exceptional contributions to the association during his or her term in office.

Dr. Conner is a 1984 graduate of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Central Indiana her entire career. Her recent involvement in IVMA includes participation in the 2020 IVMA Practice Act Review Task Force.  The recognition took place on February 4, 2021, during the first-ever virtual  Crossroads Veterinary Conference meeting of the IVMA.

IVMA Volunteer of the Year:  Dr. Jerry Risser, McCordsville, IN

The IVMA Volunteer Award is presented to an IVMA member who has provided leadership or service to a particular project or program of the association.

Dr. Risser is a 1992 grad of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.  He owns and operates Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center in McCordsville.  Dr. Risser served as IVMA president in 2015. He has been actively involved in committees as well as having served on the Board of Directors. Dr. Risser led the Practice Act Review Task Force during 2020. Even during a pandemic, the task force completed its work and offered recommendations to the IVMA Board of Directors for consideration.  The recognition took place on February 4, 2021, during the first-ever virtual Crossroads Veterinary Conference meeting of the IVMA.

IVMA Achievement Award:  Dr. Jalen King, LaGrange, IN

The Achievement Award is presented to an IVMA member who has graduated within the last five years and displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, civic activities, academia, and/or organized veterinary medicine.

Dr. King is a 2019 graduate of the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. He practices small/mixed animal medicine in LaGrange. He has been a leader in his community assisting those in need, including organizing a recent workday.  The recognition took place on February 4, 2021, during the first-ever virtual Crossroads Veterinary Conference meeting of the IVMA.

Congratulations to IVMA Executive Director Lisa A. Perius for 25 years of dedication and service to veterinary medicine in Indiana

Lisa has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) since 1996. She is a graduate of Indiana University and is a big Hoosier fan.

She has been an active member of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), serving as its president in 2002. Lisa is the current chair of the VMAE’s national Power of 10 leadership program task force.

She is a member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) where she participates in the yearly Strategy Circles program. Lisa served on ISAE’s Leadership Development Committee and currently sits on the ISAE Board of Directors.

Lisa is trained to deliver Insights Discovery. Insights is a powerful program which leads to understandings of yourself and others and how to best communicate and interact.

She and her husband of 35 years have two grown sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter.