Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year

Given annually to a swine veterinarian who is an AASV member, 5 years or less post-graduation, who has demonstrated the ideals of exemplary service and proficiency early in his/ her career.

The 2017 Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr Joshua Ellingson.

Dr Ellingson received his DVM degree in 2011 from Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine. He received a master's degree in Veterinary Microbiology from ISU in 2013.

Dr Ellingson is currently a partner and veterinarian with AMVC Management Services in Audubon, Iowa. In addition to his work with AMVC, he is the Associate Director and serves on the Board of Directors of the Swine Medicine Education Center at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr Ellingson grew up in Alden, Iowa on a swine and row crop farm, where his parents Scott and Cynthia still live. It was there he developed an appreciation for animals, agriculture, farmers, and rural communities. Throughout his education he developed a passion for the sciences and therefore sought out a career which combined these interests.

"I was looking for a career that would incorporate agriculture, the sciences, and something where I'd be able to help people. Veterinary medicine has provided the means for me to do those things. Swine medicine is a great combination of animal husbandry, hardcore sciences (microbiology/virology/chemistry/etc.), and working with people," noted Dr Ellingson.

Upon acceptance of the award, Dr Ellingson commented, "I'm humbled to be honored with this award. I credit my family, the AMVC team, and all of the mentors which have helped me along the way, especially the other veterinarians at AMVC and those associated with the Swine Medicine Education Center. I get to work with great people every day who I consider to be my extended family. Thank you to AASV for providing such great avenues to develop professional skills and knowledge."

Dr Ellingson and his wife Jennifer reside in Audubon, Iowa, and currently have two children, Tyler (5) and Carly (3), and a miniature dachshund.

Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award recipients:

2008   Jason Kelly
2009   Mike Pierdon
2010   Michelle Sprague
2011   Marlin Hoogland
2012   Deborah Murray
2013   Amber Stricker
2014   Aaron Lower
2015   Megan Inskeep
2016   Chase Stahl
2017   Joshua Ellingson