Rupert, Idaho, veterinarian Jeff Heins has been honored as the state's Veterinarian of the Year.
The award from the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association was given to Heins in recognition of his "outstanding achievements and accomplishments contributing to the veterinary profession and the veterinary association," according to an association press release.
Past recipients vote for the colleague they recognize as exceptional.
Heins has served Magic Valley citizens and state members of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association for over 27 years.
He earned his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1984 and has been an IVMA member and local constituency member of the professional association since 1984.
Heins served as a volunteer to the IVMA as a board member and IVMA president in 2003.