Swine Practitioner of the Year

Given annually to the swine practitioner (AASV member) who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of veterinary service to his/her clients.

Dr Mike Eisenmenger was named 2017 Swine Practitioner of the Year

Dr Eisenmenger was born and raised on a small family farm in Cherokee, Iowa. His family farmed and raised hogs leading to his early interest in swine. He went on to attend Iowa State University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Animal Science. Dr Eisenmenger earned his DVM in 1983 from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Upon graduation, Dr Eisenmenger worked for the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Windom, Minnesota for 13 years. In 1996, he took a job at the Swine Vet Center in Saint Peter, Minnesota, working as a swine consultant for swine producers along with eleven other veterinarians. He has worked for the Swine Vet Center for 21 years.

Dr Eisenmenger served on the 1998 American Association of Swine Practitioners Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.

Asked to comment about receiving this award, Dr Eisenmenger replied, "It is such an honour being recognized by your peers working in the swine industry. I really want to thank all the mentors I have had working with me through the years. When I joined the Swine Vet Center in 1997, I still recall what Dr Tim Loula told me. "Always do what is right for the client. If you make them healthy, profitable and the best they can be it will always be good for you too". The clients I work for have been a big part of this recognition. I also want to thank my parents for teaching me the value of hard work and treating people with respect."

Dr Eisenmenger and his wife reside in Windom, Minnesota. They have 4 children: Nate (30), Sioux Falls SD; Matt (28), St Cloud MN; Nick (25) Bismarck ND; and Adam (23), Rochester MN.

Swine Practitioner of the Year Award recipients:

1977   C. Kent Kislingbury
1978   James Allison
1979   John Coltrain
1980   Ralph Vinson
1981   Steven Henry
1982   Rodney Johnson
1983   Jason James
1984   Wayne Brown
1985   Conrad Schmidt
1986   Roy Schultz
1987   R.F. (Dick) Taylor
1988   James Sawatsky
1989   Jim Dick
1990   Tim Loula
1991   Paul Armbrecht
1992   Don Westercamp
1993   Camille Moore
1994   Al Davis
1995   Joe Connor
1996   Scott Dee
1997   Neil Shantz
1998   Paul Yeske
1999   Randy Jones
2000   Gordon Spronk
2001   Max Rodibaugh
2002   Larry Rueff
2003   Ron Brodersen
2004   Tom Wetzell
2005   Mike Sheridan
2006   Mark FitzSimmons
2007   Bernie Curran
2008   Lisa Tokach
2009   John Waddell
2010   Tom Gillespie
2011   John E. Baker
2012   George Charbonneau
2013   Barry Kerkaert
2014   Matthew Turner
2015   Larry Coleman
2016   Luc Dufresne
2017   Michael Eisenmenger