Turkey Growers honor veterinarian for work in industry


The award was presented to Brinton’s father, Gene Brinton, during the association’s summer conference last week at Breezy Point.

“Kim is missed by Minnesota’s turkey industry and his contributions have made a lasting effect on the success of so many,” said Allied Committee member Doug Dorn, of AgCountry Farm Credit Services. “It is my honor and privilege to present this award to the Brinton family.”

Brinton, a 1972 graduate of Willmar High School, obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1983 at the University of Minnesota.

He worked at a veterinary clinic in Roswell, New Mexico, before returning to the U of M in 1985 to obtain his PhD in avian microbiology. He joined his family at Brinton Veterinary Solutions as staff veterinarian in 1987.

His first major success in the poultry industry was developing a vaccine for Pasteurella anatipestifer, an economically devastating turkey disease at that time.

He later developed and patented several vaccines and toxoids to improve flock and herd health and reduce the need for antibiotics in both poultry and swine.

He founded the Poultry Veterinary Center in 1994 and retired in 2010 due to health issues. He died in 2016 at his home in Miami Beach, Florida.

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