The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association bestowed its “President’s Award” to state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks).
PVMA said it picked the Berks County Democrat because of her “tireless work to raise awareness about agricultural and animal issues” in Pennsylvania.
“I have been a life-long advocate for farmers, agriculture professionals and animals because all of them – separately and together – impact our quality of life in Pennsylvania, the United States and throughout the world,” Schwank said. “Agriculture continues to be one of the commonwealth’s biggest economic generators and it would not survive without the help of dedicated veterinarians.
“I am extremely pleased and honored to receive the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s President’s Award,” the senator said.
PVMA presented its 2012 President’s Award to the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team for its work to safeguard animals through disaster preparedness and response, and to create public awareness throughout the commonwealth.
The response team, also known as PaSART, helps counties build local teams of volunteers who jump into action when needed.
Agriculture is the number one industry in Berks County, which is why Schwank has brought fellow senators to the region to better understand how local farming and food prices work together.
Sen. Schwank is the Democratic chair of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.