March 18, 2013

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Swine Veterinarians Elect New Slate of Officers


Matt Anderson, DVM, was installed as the president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians at the association’s 44th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. He succeeds Tara Donovan, DVM, who is now immediate past president.

Andersonis a Minnesota native who grew up around hogs, cattle and crop farming near Stuart, IA.  After graduating from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1999), Anderson started his veterinary practice career in Morris, MN.  He has been a partner/owner in Suidae Health and Production in Algona, IA, since 2001.

When asked about his objectives for the coming year,  Anderson commented on the strength of AASV and the emphasis of its members on providing high quality service for their clients and the animals in their care.  He went on to say, “From a disease standpoint, PRRS continues to be our number one challenge and we have to maintain our focus on controlling the disease.  But at the same time we should not lose sight of other disease challenges such as foreign animal diseases and endemic diseases like influenza. AASV members embrace their role as advocates for the well-being of the animals in their care.  Swine veterinarians need to continue to be the voice of reality and strong science to support our clients, patients and customers.  The leadership structure of the AASV promotes continuity within the organization, and I look forward to being a good steward of the association’s legacy while continuing to address the challenges faced by our profession and the swine industry.”

Ascending to the position of AASV president-elect,Michelle Sprague, DVM, grew up on a small farrow-to-finish and row crop farm in Glenwood, IA.  Following graduation from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, she joined the Audubon- Manning Veterinary Clinic (AMVC) in Audubon, IA.

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.

Named AASV vice president is Ron Brodersen, DVM, whogrew up on a livestock farm near Coleridge, NE. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Iowa State University where he received a DVM degree, and also attended the University of Illinois EVP program.

Brodersen is the owner of Whole Hog Health Center at Hartington, NE, where he has been providing swine veterinary services since 1990.

AASV Past President Tara Donovan, DVM, is the vice-president of veterinary management for The Hanor Company, one of the country’s top pork producers with operations in six states and over 500 employees.

After joining the company 14 years ago as a herd veterinarian, her responsibilities now encompass integration among all aspects of pork production in addition to the traditional role involving production, research and development groups for the National Pork Board and a member of the National Pork Producers Council Antibiotic Working Group.




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