William Hollis was installed as president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians on March 7 during the association's 54th Annual Meeting in Aurora, Colorado. He succeeds Michael Senn, who is now immediate past president. Angela Baysinger has ascended to president-elect. The newly elected vice president is Locke Karriker.
Hollis was born in Bushnell, Illinois, where he attended high school. During 1986-1987, he served as the Illinois FFA president, and the National FFA vice president during 1988. He received his BS in agriculture and DVM (1996) from the University of Illinois. Hollis is currently a partner and veterinarian of Carthage Veterinary Service and serves as the president of Professional Swine Management, the Carthage swine service management company. Hollis was named the AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year in 2019. He is a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor, served on the National Pork Producers Council Animal Health Food Security Policy Committee, and served on the National Pork Board Swine Health Committee. He has served on the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates representing AASV, and on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 5. Hollis is an active participant in the National Pork Board Operation Main Street program giving local presentations to raise awareness about modern pork production.
When asked to comment on his thoughts about the future of AASV and his tenure as president, Hollis said, "Our membership is facing a new set of challenges. Not tougher than those of earlier generations, just different. We have such a global presence today. Our clients' profitability depends on a robust export market. Foreign animal diseases are moving closer to our borders, making the stakes incredibly high and the risks high at the same time. We also face internal disease pressure which is getting worse and not better. Significant population losses from infectious disease have become too commonplace. We as an association must face these challenges with confidence in the scientific knowledge of disease prevention and control, while further challenging the status quo. We cannot accept a progressively worse disease challenge environment. We must rise to the challenge in order to protect our clients, improve the health and security of our pigs, and further the leadership position of the AASV."
Hollis and his wife, who is also a veterinarian, have been married 27 years and have raised two children.
Baysinger currently serves as the North American animal welfare lead for all species for Merck Animal Health. Baysinger completed her undergraduate studies in animal science and her DVM (1992) at the University of Missouri. She received an MS in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, she received an MS in international animal welfare, ethics, and law in December of 2021 from the University of Edinburgh, partially funded by the AASV Alex Hogg Memorial Scholarship. Baysinger was honored with the AASV Meritorious Service Award in 2021 and delivered the prestigious Howard Dunne lecture in 2022. She has served on multiple AASV committees as a member and chair and on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 8. Baysinger lives near Bruning, Nebraska with her family.
Karriker grew up on a small, diversified farm in Eastern North Carolina. Karriker received his BS in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He earned his DVM and MS from Mississippi State University. He was awarded Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2006. After practicing in an integrated production system, he joined the faculty at Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department where he is currently a Morrill Professor and holds the Dr. Douglas and Ann Gustafson Professorship for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine. He is also the director of the Swine Medicine Education Center, with a mission to teach every swine medicine skill and provide a place for students to practice those skills in modern farm environments. Karriker joined AASV as a veterinary student in 1996. He has served the association as District 6 Director, co-chair of the Collegiate Activities Committee, member of the Program Planning Committee, member of the Pharmaceutical Issues Committee, member of the AASV-National Pork Board Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance, and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. He delivered the 2011 Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture and was honored with the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial Award in 2014.
Commenting on his upcoming role as vice president, Karriker said, "I am looking forward to working with the phenomenal leadership, staff, and membership of the association as we tackle ever more complex health challenges to insure pig health and wellbeing."
Karriker lives in Ames, Iowa with his wife, Racheal, and children Adley and Vaughn.
Senn has served AASV with two terms on the board of directors, as a committee member, as chair of the Foreign Animal Disease Committee, as a student presentation judge, and on the AASV Foundation Board of Directors. During his career, he has worked as a mixed-animal practitioner, swine production veterinarian, and as a technical services veterinarian, providing technical support for products and focused on clinical research, antimicrobial resistance monitoring, antibiotic regulatory issues and emerging infectious disease surveillance. He continues to work as an independent consultant and looks forward to continued opportunities to serve AASV. Senn lives in Newton, Kansas with his wife, Stephanie, and his children Annika and Jakob, who are Kansas State University students.