An Alabama veterinarian, who has served the profession for more than 30 years, was honored by his colleagues as Veterinarian of the Year for the State of Alabama for 2017.
Dr. Ken McMillan, originally from Union Springs, AL, was visibly humbled as his name was announced at the President’s Luncheon and Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 29.
Dr. T.C. Branch, who presented the award, praised Dr. McMillan for his “Unselfish dedication to the association by providing persistent and effective leadership while leading our legislative affairs committee”. Ken is the son of the late George and Olivia McMillan. Ken was raised in Union Springs and lived there on the family farm until entering Auburn University where he earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1981.
Dr. McMillan received his DVM from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He moved to the Pell City area in 1983 where he began practicing at Pell City Animal Hospital, becoming a partner in the practice in 1986. With the help of his business partner, Dr. Jim Farmer, the practice has grown to now include 3 full time veterinarians.
In addition to practicing both small and large animal veterinary medicine, Dr. McMillan served as a member of the Alabama Board of Agriculture and Industries from 2003-2010, serves as the Legislative Liaison of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association from 2011- present, and is a columnist for Progressive Farmer, Ask the Vet, from 2001 – present. He is past President of both the St. Clair County Cattleman’s Association and the Northeast Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. In 1998 Dr. McMillan received the El Toro Award, presented by the Large Animal Clinic, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for excellence in food animal medicine.
Dr. McMillan and his wife, Priscilla, have two sons, Gaines, a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and George, a graduate of the University of Alabama. They live on Meadowlake Farm in Lincoln, AL where they enjoy raising registered Polled Hereford cattle.
The Veterinarian of the Year is awarded to a member of the Alabama VMA who displays unselfish dedication to the association for advancement of the profession. The association has over 700 members statewide.