Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year

Given annually to the technical services or allied industry veterinarian who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in delivery of veterinary service to his/her company and its clients as well as given tirelessly in service to the AASV and the swine industry.

Dr Eugene Nemechek received the 2018 Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award.

Dr. Nemechek grew up on a family farm in Goodland, KS, one of eleven children. His interest in veterinary medicine was sparked at an early age by the veterinary practitioner on his family's farm. He earned his animal science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Kansas State University. Upon graduation in 1976, he practiced in a rural mixed animal practice before stepping into a role specializing in the swine industry.

In 1985, Nemechek left private practice to accept a position as a staff veterinarian at Cargill Pork in Wilson, NC where he remained until 2005. Upon leaving Cargill, he was hired by Genetic Improvement Services in North Carolina as Director of Health and Production. Subsequently, he joined Tyson Fresh Meats in Springdale, Arkansas as a Quality Assurance Veterinarian before joining Pfizer (Zoetis) in 2011 where he currently serves as a Pork Technical Services Veterinarian.

Dr. Nemechek has also served on the AASV Board of Directors, the North Carolina Pork Council board, and the National Pork Board, where was president in 2010-11. He is also extremely active as a presenter for Operation Main Street at the local and national level.

When asked to comment on what the award meant to him, Dr Nemechek said, "I was truly honored to receive this award from the AASV association and my colleagues. It is amazing to be recognized for doing the things every day that you enjoying doing, especially serving a great industry and swine veterinary profession. It makes life fun and worthwhile. "

Dr Nemechek and his wife, Susan, reside in Wilson, NC. They have 4 children Sarah Nemechek, Molly Nemechek, Megan Inskeep , and Jeremiah Nemechek. children and 4 grand-children.

Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award recipients:

2008   Robert Desrosiers
2009   Alan Scheidt
2010   Reid Philips
2011   Dale Polson
2012   Brad Gramm
2013   Brad Thacker
2014   Darrell Neuberger
2015   Kerry Keffaber
2016   Bob Thompson
2017   Thomas Wetzell
2018   Eugene Nemechek