Chris Geden was conferred the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology, and Elmer Ahrens, BCE received the Industry Appreciation Award, both presented by the Livestock Insect Workers Conference.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health to recognize the individual’s outstanding contributions to animal health and productivity. Chris Geden is a research entomologist, specializing in biological control, working at the USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, FL.  He currently serves as MUVE Representative to the ESA Governing Board.


Chris Geden (left) and Elmer Ahrens (right).

The Industry Appreciation Award acknowledges individuals who have contributed to the Livestock Insect Workers Conference with their consistent participation. Elmer Ahrens first attended the LIWC in 1971 and has been a reliable attendee since. After 27 years with the USDA-ARS, Elmer retired in 1997 to establish Ahrens Research and Consulting, a steadfast sponsor of the LIWC.

Presentations were made at the 2015 Livestock Insect Workers Conference, held in conjunction with the International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets and the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists’ 60th annual meeting in Boston, MA, July 11-14, 2015.