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 Joel Nerem is the 2020 Swine Practitioner of the Year

A West Union, Iowa native, Dr Nerem received his BA from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his DVM from Iowa State University. Dr Nerem began his career as a mixed-animal veterinarian at the Postville Veterinary Clinic in Postville, Iowa in 1996, before joining the Harmony Veterinary Clinic in Harmony, Minnesota. He recognized a passion for swine veterinary medicine and in 2001 went to work for Christensen Family Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. In 2006, he joined Pipestone Veterinary Services where he currently serves as the Chief Veterinary Officer, instilling a culture of veterinary leadership and service to the 46 veterinarians he leads.

Many recognize Dr Nerem’s proficiency and effectiveness in his delivery of veterinary services. He is well respected by both colleagues and clients. Dedicated to the profession, he is frequently sought after for idea-generating discussions, collaboration, and second opinions. Listening carefully, asking questions, and communicating effectively to reach goals ensures Dr Nerem builds and establishes trust with everyone he works with. He uses critical thinking to make evidence-based and data-driven decisions to provide the best outcome for pig and producer, always considering the well-being of both.

Dr Nerem exhibits a passion for key issues facing the swine industry and an unmatched ability to transform those issues into new initiatives to address animal and public health concerns. For example, Dr Nerem is a strong voice in promoting responsible antibiotic use in swine and decreasing antimicrobial resistance. He oversees the Pipestone Antimicrobial Resistance Tracker initiative, which was developed to engage the Pipestone System and Pipestone Veterinary Services customers in the areas of antimicrobial resistance surveillance and antibiotic use.

Asked to comment about receiving this award, Dr Nerem replied, “I am truly humbled and honored to be named the 2020 Swine Practitioner of the Year. This award is reflective of the great people who have invested in me throughout my career: mentors, farmer clients, business partners, colleagues, family, and friends. I am truly blessed by the opportunity to do what I do every day, and I would not be the person I am today were it not for the impact these people have had on my life.”

Dr Nerem lives in Edgerton, Minnesota with his wife, Denise, and three children: Emily, Hannah, and Maren.

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
2020   Joel Nerem