SIOUX FALLS --- The South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association held its 127th Annual Meeting at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls Aug. 12– 15. The meeting included continuing education opportunities for over 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians, recognized outstanding accomplishments by professionals in the veterinary fields, and included the annual membership meeting. SDVMA also presented various awards at the meeting to recognize the commitment to, and excellence in veterinary medicine in South Dakota.
Included in the list of awards was the Emerging Leader Award, which was presented to Dr. Erica Koller of Edgemont.
The Emerging Leader award is given to an SDVMA member who graduated from veterinary school in the last 10 years and has displayed outstanding accomplishments in veterinary research, private practice, regulatory services, civic activities, and/or organized veterinary medicine.
Dr. Koller grew up in Edgemont, the oldest of three children. She attended South Dakota State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences before attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her veterinary degree in 2007 and returned to her hometown to begin work as an associate at the Cheyenne River Animal Hospital. She has advanced to be her own business owner and a trusted veterinarian for the ranchers and pet owners she serves.
Dr. Koller has a love of teaching. She has developed an externship program for veterinary students to experience rural practice settings. She also served on the SDVMA Continuing Education Committee.
She and her husband, Dustin Ross, have two children, Tucker (7) and Harper (5), and are an active part of their community. They are members of the Edgemont United Church and enjoy fast draw competitions. She is a volunteer for the Edgemont preschool board and active in maintaining her family’s 4th generation ranch operation.