Dr. Gregory Rich named 2011 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award winner
Mon, August 8, 2011


Contact: Micah Kohles, Director of Technical Services
Phone: 1-800-249-0366
Email: mkohles@oxbowanimalhealth.com
URL: oxbowanimalhealth.com

Murdock, NE, August 8, 2011 -- Oxbow Animal Health has named Dr. Gregory Rich as the winner of the 2011 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award. Established in 2009, the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is an annual award presented to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care.  Dr. Rich, a veterinarian specializing in exotic animal medicine in Metairie, Louisiana, was presented with the award at the 2011 AAV/AEMV/ARAV Conference in Seattle, Washington on August 7th, followed by a reception in his honor.

“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.  “As an exotics veterinarian, 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 shapes and sizes.”   

Dr. Gregory Rich is the owner of the West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic in Metairie, Louisiana.  A 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rich is actively involved in professional and community organizations alike.  He has served multiple terms as President of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, as Public Relations Chairman and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and was a founding member of the Louisiana Aviculture Society.  Additionally, he is the Director and Founder of the Mardi Gras Avicultural Conference and served on the Charity Animal Hospital Coalition from 1999-2004.     

Dr. 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 SWVS CE Program.  His many speaking engagements include frequent appearances at the Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conference, the AVMA Annual Conference, the Western Veterinary Conference, among many others.  Honors include being awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and a Service Award from the Association of Avian Veterinarians.     

During Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Rich and his wife, Renee, temporarily relocated to Gulf Breeze, Florida, personally transporting and caring for 33 animals, including a 7 foot python named “Princess.”    

Upon returning home after the AEMV Conference, Dr. Rich was surprised with a special party at his clinic in West Metairie, Louisiana, organized by June Booth of the House Rabbit Society.  "He has backed me for 18 years of rescuing rabbits," said Booth. "It's unbelievable how many rabbits we've saved."

Dr. Rich was greeted by a room filled with grateful clients and friends, all who had come to celebrate his accomplishment in winning the award.  "It's amazing to win a national award," he said.  "It's a quick way of humbling someone."

To read Sheila Stroup's full article from The Times-Picayune regarding the celebration, click here

The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine. Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities. For more information, contact Dr. Micah Kohles at Oxbow Animal Health at 29012 Mill Rd. Murdock, NE 68407. Email: mkohles@oxbowanimalhealth.com or phone at (402) 867-2400.