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 2018 Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr Adam Schelkopf.

Dr Schelkopf received his DVM degree in 2012 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr Schelkopf accepted a position as an associate veterinarian with Pipestone Veterinary Services and is currently a partner in Pipestone Holdings. He serves as the Health Director for the Pipestone System and Director of the East Region, working with independent producers across the Midwest.

In addition to his full-time commitment to practicing swine medicine, Dr. Schelkopf is finishing his master's degree at Iowa State University. He has been involved in researching porcine epidemic diarrhea virus immunity in sows and piglets, with special consideration to antibody test interpretation. Schelkopf is a third-generation swine veterinarian.

Upon acceptance of the award, Dr Schelkopf commented, "I am honored and humbled to receive this award, and exceptionally thankful to the AASV. The AASV and the swine veterinary community are wonderful in how they embrace students and young practitioners, provide opportunities to learn and develop professionally, as well as create lifelong friendships. I owe tremendous gratitude to my parents, my mentors, and my colleagues at Pipestone. Pipestone instills a sense of passion for the industry, profession, and communities we work in, as well as a sense of family throughout the company which I am grateful to be a part of. Thank you to the AASV for this award and the opportunity to be a part of this organization."

In his spare time, Dr Schelkopf enjoys golfing, water sports and hunting. He currently resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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
2018   Adam Schelkopf