Meritorious Service Award
Given annually to an individual who has consistently given time and effort to the association in the area of service to the AASV members, AASV officers, and the AASV staff.
Dr Elizabeth Wagstrom was named the 2018 recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.
Dr Wagstrom was raised in Montevideo, Minnesota, where she became an avid horse lover. This early interest in horses channeled her interest and education in the agricultural field. Wagstrom attended the University of Minnesota where she obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science. While living in Faribault, Minnesota, Wagstrom worked at a variety of jobs that revolved around the agricultural and science fields. One of the jobs was with Oxford Labs, a swine vaccine company headquartered in Worthington, Minnesota. Her time spent at Oxford Labs was a launching point for her work in the swine field. Wagstrom ultimately decided to return to school and obtained a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1999. During her time at ISU, she also earned her master's degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Prior to earning her veterinary degree, Wagstrom worked as a marketing manager in swine biologics and diagnostics at Oxford Veterinary Laboratories in Worthington, Minnesota. She was a Graduate Research Assistant at ISU from 1996-1998 and then went on to be a Production Management/Veterinarian at Iowa Select Farms. In 2000, she was employed as a public health veterinarian and senior Epidemiologist and at the Minnesota Department of Health, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 2001-July 2004, she served as the Director of Veterinary Science at the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa. From 2004-2010 she was an Assistant Vice President - Science and Technology at the National Pork Board.
In 2010, Wagstrom accepted a position as Associate Professor - Veterinary Public Practice-Residency Director at the University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. Since 2011, she has been the Chief Veterinarian with the National Pork Producers Council in Washington, DC, and Des Moines, Iowa.
When asked to comment about receiving the award, Wagstrom responded, "I am honored to receive this award from my peers, and am so appreciative that the work I do with the National Pork Producers Council allows me to advocate not only on behalf of the pork industry but also the swine veterinary profession."
Dr Wagstrom and her husband, Brian, reside in Faribault, MN. They have two children: Andrew and Emily.
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