Annual event for the global swine industry is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry.

July 11, 2018

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Registration now open for Allen D. Leman Swine Conference
National Pork Board

Join your colleagues at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference Sept. 15-18 in St. Paul, Minn.

This annual educational event for the global swine industry is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from more than 20 countries attend the conference.

Click here to register for the conference that will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

In 1974, Allen D. Leman, a new University of Minnesota Extension veterinarian, and Jim Hanson, director of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s continuing education program, initiated this conference to present new information and discuss issues important to the swine industry. Leman understood how a university could influence practitioners and empower them to be leaders for the swine industry.

This conference for Minnesota practitioners began in a small lecture hall on the St. Paul campus and has evolved into the multi-session, international meeting it is today.

Throughout his career, Leman worked to define the link between swine disease and swine production. His unwavering dedication to the education of practicing veterinarians was manifested, at least in part, through his leadership of this conference.

Leman left the University of Minnesota in 1986. After his death in 1992, the conference was renamed in his honor. The swine faculty continues to provide the leadership in developing this program and remains committed to Leman’s vision of excellence.

Also this year, the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize for veterinary students is being introduced.

If you are a veterinary student who is shadowing a swine practitioner this summer or if you have been involved in an interesting clinical case investigation; or did you work on your veterinary skills by designing a differential diagnosis list or working on a treatment plan; or did you investigate a problem by analyzing production records? If so, share your work at the Leman Conference to win the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize, honoring the legacy of Bob Morrison.

A session at the conference is being organized for veterinary students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills through the presentation of a case or experience where students challenged their clinical training and problem-solving capabilities necessary for day-to-day practice. Creativity and originality in the support and delivery are encouraged. The session will take place on Sept. 16, and will include presentations from pre-selected veterinary students. Invited students will also be part of a dedicated workshop to enhance their leadership and communication skills, networking opportunities, and will receive a $1,000 stipend, free admission to the Leman Swine Conference, a copy of the Diseases of Swine book (10th edition), and of course the winner of the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize will receive a substantial monetary prize.

Attending the Leman Conference is a great opportunity for veterinary students who want to network with industry leaders. Submissions to enter in the selection to present at the DVM student session at the Leman Conference should be uploaded at by the end of the day on Aug. 15.

If you have any questions, contact Perle Boyer. For more information about the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize visit

Source: University of Minnesota

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