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 Ron White is AASV's 2019 Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year.

Originally from Osceola, Iowa, Dr. White helped many farmers in his area, including one who raised timber pasture pigs. He first became interested in science, livestock, and veterinary medicine by growing up on an acreage, raising 4-H projects, and helping a local famer gather, process, and sort pigs. Dr White received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1990, and completed the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) at the University of Illinois in 1998.

Beginning his career in mixed animal practice as an associate and owner, Dr White joined Solvay Animal Health as a technical services veterinarian specializing in swine medicine in 1994. He then joined Fort Dodge Animal Health as the Swine Unit Business manager and served as Senior Swine Research Manager. In 2005, Dr White joined Iowa Select farms as Director of Biosecurity and Health before joining Pfizer Animal Health in 2008. Dr White currently serves as Group Director, International Diagnostic Medicine for Zoetis. Dr White has served on a variety of AASV committees, and chaired the AASV Foundation golf outing for many years. Recognizing the importance of student encouragement and inclusion at meetings, Dr White has also reviewed student presentations.

Dr White has presented information on livestock health and production at numerous international and regional meetings. He thoroughly enjoys meeting new veterinarians and producers, understanding different production systems, and investigating methods to improve herd health and production through improved use of diagnostics, and credits the inclusiveness of AASV with providing the connectivity to many contacts.

When asked to comment on what the award meant to him, Dr White said, "I am grateful to receive the 2019 AASV Technical Service/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the year award. I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award. AASV has been a large part of my professional career providing education and interaction at meetings with swine veterinarians from around the world. I would like to thank the AASV membership, my family for their support, and my colleagues for the fantastic technical support network."

White and his wife, Sue, reside in Ames, Iowa, and have two sons, Brady and Trevor.

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
2019   Ron White