The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) awarded Christopher Katz, DVM, MRCVS, of Two Rivers, the WVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award at its 98th Annual Convention on Friday, Oct. 11.
Keith Philppi, president of the Lakeshore Humane Society has work and served with Dr. Katz on the Lakeshore Humane Society Board of Directors.
"Chris has consistently demonstrated his professionalism in dealing with veterinarians, contractors, members, animal care personnel and employees," says Philippi "Chris is able to put aside his personal feelings and make decisions on what is best for the animals and the mission of Lakeshore Humane Society."
Dr. Katz graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He currently owns and practices at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital as a small animal practitioner. Dr. Katz is also the medical director at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc.
Outside of the WVMA, Dr. Katz has volunteered his service to the Lakeshore Human Society, Wildlife of Wisconsin, the Free Roaming Feline Program and the Manitowoc Sherriff's Department K-9 Unit for over thirty years.
"Dr. Katz has demonstrated many times that he is not in the business strictly for the money. He has donated veterinary services for the Sherriff's Department K-9 program for 34 years and provided medical services to injured wildlife and other hardship cases without guarantee that he would ever be compensated for those services," says Thomas Kocourek, a retired Manitowoc County Sherriff. Working with wildlife if one of Dr. Katz's areas of interest. Having completed research on black bears in Wisconsin and lecturing at several universities, many see him as a wildlife expert.
"Dr. Katz has mentored many students in his practice which always means he has a longer day in the office. He does this with a smile and is glad to give back to his profession," says Drs. Samual Vainisi and Gretchen Schmidt of Eaton Highland Farm, a deer farm located in Denmark.
"Dr. Katz's professional life is the example we all aspire to be and do," they continue.
Dr. Katz practices at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital and resides in the same town with his wife, Shelley.