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 Jeffrey Harker was named the 2017 recipient of the Meritorious Service Award.
Dr Harker grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in south central Indiana. His father built one of the first confinement swine barns in the community in 1980. Interacting with the veterinarians that visited their farm stimulated an interest in population medicine and becoming a veterinarian. Dr Harker was accepted into veterinary school at Purdue University in 1990.
After graduating veterinary school in 1994, Dr Harker joined Dr Max Rodibaugh at Swine Health Services as an associate veterinarian and then became a partner in 2001. Their practice is dedicated to swine, and serves a very diverse swine clientele ranging from small show pig herds to contract growers in integrated production. The bulk of their clients have independent family farms.
Dr Harker has been involved in many organizations starting with 4-H club president and FFA chapter president. He also received the American Farmer Degree from the FFA. He served 7 years on the Indiana Pork Producers Board of Directors and was president in 2008. Dr Harker currently serves as AASV District 4 director and represents AASV in the American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates. He has also served on the AASV Annual Meeting Planning Committee and currently chairs the AASV Continuing Education Committee. Dr Harker has been involved with the National Pork Board's Operation Main Street program since it began several years ago.
When asked to comment about receiving the award, Harker responded, "I really appreciate being recognized by my peers at AASV. This organization has benefited me my whole career and I continue working to pay back what I have gained by membership in this great organization."
Dr Harker and his wife, Traci, reside in Frankfort, Indiana. They have four children: Kathleen, Sarah, Matthew and Amelia.
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