The American Association of Swine Veterinarians installed its slate of new officers at the group's 46th annual meeting held recently in Orlando, Fla. Ron Brodersen was installed as the president, succeeding Michelle Sprague. George Charbonneau is president-elect, and Alejandro “Alex” Ramirez is now vice president.
Brodersen grew up on a livestock farm near Coleridge, Neb., and he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, before getting his doctor of veterinary degree from Iowa State University. He also attended the University of Illinois EVP program.
He is the owner of Whole Hog Health Center at Hartington, Neb., where he has been providing swine veterinary services since 1990.
Charbonneau grew up in Arnprior, Ontario, and obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College and established a veterinary practice serving southwestern Ontario. He is currently a partner in South West Ontario Veterinary Services and is based in Stratford, Ontario.
Ramirez grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Valley Veterinary Center, a mixed animal practice, in Cherokee, Iowa. In 2004, he left practice and returned to ISU to pursue a teaching career. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa and concluded a PhD at ISU in 2011.
Sprague grew up on a small farrow-to-finish and row crop farm near Glenwood, Iowa. Following graduation from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, she joined the Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic in Audubon, Iowa. She is currently a partner and director of sow health at AMVC. Her responsibilities include overseeing animal health, biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare on all the clinic’s managed sow farms.