Hurley receives Veterinarian of the Year Award

MINNEAPOLIS – Dr. Sharon Hurley of the New Ulm of the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center, received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) last weekend.

Chosen by MVMA members, the award is given to a veterinarian for outstanding service to the community and the profession.

“It was a surprise. I had no clue it would happen. It’s quite an honor to receive this from my peers,” said Hurley, a past president of the MVMA and Minnesota Veterinary Foundation.

Dr. John Baille, MVMA president, described Hurley as “epitomizing what the Veterinarian of the Year should be. Besides being a good person, she’s an outstanding veterinarian who gives back to her profession and community. … “At home, she’s active in her church and community. At church, her passion has been the missions committee and her participation in many mission trips.”

Since coming to New Ulm in 1981, Hurley has served on many veterinary association committees. She has a strong interest in veterinary technicians. At the Minnesota State Fair, she has volunteered at The Surgery Suite and the Miracle of Birth exhibits.

In New Ulm, she became the first woman member of the Rotary Club. She co-founded and served on the Pro-Kinship (youth mentoring) for Kids Board of Directors. She is a Boy Scouts Merit Badge counselor, She has served as a 4-H mentor and judge at the Brown County Fair.

At the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center, Hurley’s main interests are small animal medicine and surgery.

Her personal pets include two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, chickens and calves. The dogs, cats and guinea pig all live in the house. Her chickens are layers, producing blue and brown eggs.

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