In recognition of the value and need for research with direct application to the swine veterinary profession, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Foundation has granted $25,111 to Guilherme Milanez Preis, PhD student in the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program, and Cesar Corzo, DVM, MS, PhD, associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, to assess senecavirus A (SVA) shedding and transmission in growing pig populations.
SVA has circulated amongst the United States swine herd for more than 30 years, generating losses and anxiety among producers due to its resemblance to foot-and-mouth disease. The new study aims to describe SVA shedding patterns over time in growing pig populations and assess the state of infection in piglets after co-mingling in the nursery.
The project will expand current knowledge on the epidemiology of SVA, especially during the grow-finishing phases, and will be key to enabling swine veterinarians to build the next steps toward controlling and eliminating SVA. The funding begins May 1, 2021 and will end April 30, 2022.
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