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 William Hollis is the 2019 Swine Practitioner of the Year

Dr Hollis was born in Bushnell, Illinois, where he attended high school. During 1986-1987, Hollis served as the Illinois FFA president, and the National FFA Vice President during 1988. He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1996) from the University of Illinois.

Hollis is currently a partner and veterinarian of Carthage Veterinary Service (CVS), which consults in over 10 U.S. states and provides consulting services in several other countries. In December 2018, Hollis was elected President of Professional Swine Management, the swine management service company he and other CVS partners founded in 2000.

Recognized by his peers as demonstrating strong proficiency and effectiveness in veterinary service, Hollis understands what constitutes sound science and bases decisions on data and information analysis, diagnostic interpretation, and intervention planning and communication. As a farm management advisor, he strives to build client partnerships that are both sustainable and profitable, facilitates producer family and industry networking, and invests in farm and industry staff training.

Hollis is a Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisor, served on the National Pork Producers Council's Animal Health Food Security Policy Committee, and served on the National Pork Board's Swine Health Committee. He has served on the American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates representing AASV, on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 5, and continues to serve on the AASV Animal Welfare and Operation Mainstreet Committees. Hollis is an active participant in the AASV/National Pork Board Operation Main Street project giving local presentations to raise awareness about modern pork production.

Asked to comment about receiving this award, Hollis replied, "This is a dream come true to be recognized by my peers in the industry. There have been many people in my life who have helped me continue to grow as a veterinarian and a business owner. My family has supported some crazy long days and time away. I really appreciate the recognition."

Hollis and his wife, Brigit, who is also a veterinarian, have been married 23 years and reside in Hamilton, Illinois. They have an 18-year-old daughter, Bailey, and a 16-year-old son, Ben.

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
2018   Mary Battrell
2019   William Hollis