Oxbow Animal Health named Gregory Rich, DVM, owner of the West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic in Metairie, La., as the winner of the 2011 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award.
The annual award is presented to an animal health professional advancing the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. Dr. Rich was presented with the award on Aug. 7 at the 2011 AAV/AEMV/ARAV conference in Seattle, Wash.
“We could not be more excited to recognize Dr. Rich and his contributions to the field of small exotic medicine,” said John Miller, president of Oxbow Animal Health. “Dr. Rich has gone above and beyond the call of duty time and again, putting the health and wellbeing of animals first and foremost in everything he does. It is our hope that the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award may serve to recognize Dr. Rich’s continued legacy of compassion and commitment to animals of all species and sizes.”
Rich was a member of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and Deep Water Horizon/BP Oil Spill Wildlife Response Team, as well as the Jefferson Parish animal welfare committee and South West Veterinary Symposium continuing education program.
Rich received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and a service award from the Association of Avian Veterinarians. During Hurricane Katrina, Rich temporarily relocated to Gulf Breeze, Fla., transporting and caring for 33 animals.