Howard Dunne Memorial Award

Given annually to an AASV member who has made a significant contribution and rendered outstanding service to the AASV and the swine industry.

Dr Rodger Main received the 2017 Howard Dunne Memorial Award.

Dr Main obtained his DVM from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He subsequently received a PhD in nutrition from the Food Animal Health and Management Center and Department of Animal Science at Kansas State University in 2005. He began his veterinary career as a Staff Veterinarian in the Murphy-Brown Western Operations. He became the company's Director of Production Systems in 2003. In that role he led research to improve production and health in the largest pig production company in the world.

In 2009, he accepted a position managing the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he is currently Professor and Director of Operations. The ISU VDL team of 145 faculty and staff process more than 80,000 case submissions and conduct approximately 1.5 million diagnostic assays annually. Under his leadership, the ISU VDL has seen significant growth and continued in its long history of providing a customer-centric service to swine veterinarians throughout the US.

Dr Main has been heavily involved with the AASV and National Pork Board (NPB) throughout his career on committees such as the AASV Foreign Animal Disease Committee, NPB Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Taskforce, NPB Emerging Disease Surveillance Data Management Taskforce, Swine Health Information Center Surveillance Data Working Group and several others. Dr Main has been recognized for his efforts with several awards including the Honorary Master Pork Producer from the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the National Pork Producer Award for Innovative Research, the Alpha Gamma Rho alumni achievement award, and the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award.

When asked what it meant to him to receive the Howard Dunne Memorial Award he responded, "I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized by this organization whose members have had such a positive impact on my life. I feel incredibly blessed to have had so many tremendous mentors, co-workers, clients, and an overly understanding and supportive spouse. I am most appreciative in that this honor is an outward recognition of appreciation for the tremendous group of people that I have the opportunity to work with and serve each day."

Dr Main and his wife Marcy live in Ames, Iowa.

Howard Dunne Memorial Award recipients:

1977   Arthur Starkey
1978   Erwin Kohler
1979   Vaylord Ladwig
1980   Wallace Brandt
1981   Martin Bergeland
1982   Bill Switzer
1983   Kirk Clark
1984   Lew Runnels
1985   Alex Hogg
1986   James Bailey
1987   Allen Leman
1988   Dick Ross
1989   Ken Meyer
1990   Delbert (Hank) Harris
1991   Roy Schultz
1992   Howard Hill
1993   LeRoy Biehl
1994   Beth Lautner
1995   Robert Glock
1996   Michael Wilson
1997   Gary Dial
1998   Pat Halbur
1999   James McKean
2000   David Reeves
2001   William Mengeling
2002   Steven Henry
2003   Robert Friendship
2004   Paul Sundberg
2005   William Brown
2006   Jim Collins
2007   S. Ernest Sanford
2008   Greg Stevenson
2009   Kent Schwartz
2010   Bob Morrison
2011   Amy Vincent
2012   Tom Stein
2013   Jeff Zimmerman
2014   Locke Karriker
2015   Rodney (Butch) Baker
2016   Scott Dee
2017   Rodger Main