Dr. Marty Tanner has been selected as the 2016 Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year in recognition of his dedication and service to rodeo livestock. Tanner will be honored at the PRCA Awards Banquet on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.

Nomination letters praising Dr. Tanner were received from ProRodeo Hall of Famers Phil Lyne and Joe Beaver; Shawn Davis, Executive General Manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; numerous rodeo contestants; and community dignitaries. These letters spoke of Dr. Tanner’s dedication to the welfare and treatment of rodeo livestock, his community involvement, and commitment to the sport of rodeo. Numerous letters spoke of the individual care and attention offered by Dr. Tanner, despite his busy schedule and clinic responsibilities. Several world champions attribute their success, in part, to Dr. Tanner and his understanding of keeping equine athletes competing at the highest level.

Other finalists for the 2016 award were Dr. Benjamin Espy, Dr. Troy Ford, Dr. Michael Harms and Dr. Edward Taylor.


The Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year Award was created in 2010 to recognize the dedication of veterinarians across North America to the health and welfare of rodeo livestock. PRCA rodeo committees, PRCA members and contestants can nominate a veterinarian whom they feel has shown an extraordinary commitment to the health and welfare of rodeo livestock and is deserving of this prestigious award. The selection committee reviews those nominations for specific contributions to the health and welfare of rodeo livestock, extent of involvement in the sport of rodeo and community involvement.

Past winners of the Zoetis PRCA Veterinarian of the Year Award are Dr. William Anderson, Dr. Garth Lamb, Dr. Jake Wells, Dr. Joe Coli, Dr. J. Fred Rule and Dr. John Boyington.