Dave is the 2011 recipient of the Beef Cattle Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Honored at the 44th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis, Sjeklocha received the award for his contributions to the beef cattle industry and his involvement in AABP and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC).
Sjeklocha grew up in Missouri and Iowa and developed an interest in veterinary medicine when his father began to incorporate artificial insemination into the management practices of a large cattle herd in northwest Iowa. After gaining experience with heat detection, artificial insemination and bovine obstetrics at home with the guidance of his father, he decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and industry and a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.
Upon graduating from K-State, Sjeklocha moved to Curtis, Neb., where his practice largely focused on cow/calf herd health. For the past seven years, he served as consulting veterinarian and is now a full-time employee of Cattle Empire, in Satanta, Kan., serving as the cattle-feeding company’s first and only staff veterinarian. As the operations manager of animal health and welfare, he works closely with employees, teaching them about disease detection, proper administration of vaccines and treatments, and the proper handling of cattle.