Annual Meeting Report
Swine veterinarians combine sun, fun, and scientific sessions
Report of the 2003 Annual Meeting
Veterinarians involved in swine medicine
and related swine indus-tries found plenty of relevant, timely
continuing education at the 34th AASV Annual Meeting
held in Orlando, Florida, March 8 through 11, the first meeting
ever held in a warm-weather city. The warm-weather locale drew
796 veterinary registrants, including 65 students, from the United
States, Canada, and 16 other countries.
In choosing this year's theme, "Using science to enhance
the food supply," Incoming President and Program Chair Dr
Rick Sibbel reminds swine veterinarians of their role in safeguarding
and protecting our nation's food supply.
In keeping with the meeting theme, Dr Scott Brooks, Yum! Brands,
Inc, discussed the growing opportunities for veterinarians in the
food service industry. He stated that although veterinarians are
broadly suited to address key food safety and consumer issues,
they should pursue continuing education outside the traditional
veterinary programs to better understand core food safety issues
of the food industry.
Dr Dana Scott of the Department of Defense told attendees that
the most important level of response in agricultural biosecurity
is the local one. "The amount of economic damage caused by
introduction of a pathogen is directly related to the time it takes
to detect its presence," he said. The key to early detection,
Dr Scott emphasized, is to always have an index of suspicion.
Shifting to the role of the swine veterinarian in society, Dr
Lonnie J. King, dean of the veterinary college at Michigan State
University, presented the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture, "As
the future catches you." Dr King said, "The great excitement
about the future is that we still can shape it." He stated
that veterinarians are on a treadmill that is going faster and
faster, but running faster is only worthwhile if you are going
in the right direction.
Dr Lonnie King presenting the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture
Dr King discussed the boundless opportunities for swine veterinarians
to provide value-added services to clients. He encouraged veterinarians
to abandon the concept of a "one-vision wonder raising hogs
more efficiently and faster." Instead, he suggested that veterinarians
acquire new skills, shifting from technicians to true knowledge
workers. Adopting new strategies to add value to clients will define
additional areas of competitive advantage, he stated.
The AASV Board of Directors convened during the annual meeting.
Dr Lisa Tokach, President, presided over the half-day session.
A number of issues were
discussed and the board passed the following motions:
- To improve communications via the AASV Web site.
- To approve the "AASV Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Guidelines
for Boar Studs Providing Semen to the Domestic Market."
- To establish a working relationship with the USDA to develop
a facilities plan in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak.
- To provide financial support to prepare a request for proposal
to examine issues related to the recruitment and selection of
veterinary students, as well as retention of recent graduates
in food animal practice.
- To financially support an educational outreach program for
- To plan a meeting to address swine welfare issues.
This year ushered in a new format for the annual awards ceremony.
A reception took the place of the annual banquet to allow more
interaction among attendees. The highlight of the reception was
the presentation of awards to those who have made significant contributions
to the association and the swine industry. Dr Rick Tubbs, 1998
president of the AASV, presented the awards.
Dr Ron Brodersen, Hartington, Nebraska, was named Swine Practitioner
of the Year, the association's highest honor. The award is given
annually to a private practitioner who has demonstrated exceptional
service to clients. In receiving the award, Dr Brodersen expressed
his thanks to his wife and family, and to the mentors in his life,
including his father, "who taught me about animal husbandry." Dr
Brodersen's wife, Joan, remarked that after being in practice for
23 years, her husband still looks forward to going to work every
Dr Ron Brodersen, Swine Practitioner of the Year
The Howard Dunne Memorial Award was presented to Dr Robert Friendship,
Guelph, Ontario, for his outstanding service to the AASV and the
swine industry. "I'm truly appreciative of the award," Dr
Friendship stated. "Many more veterinarians deserve it more
than I do, but no one is more appreciative than I for the award." Dr
Friendship is a professor in the Department of Population Medicine
at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He is
the immediate past president of the Ontario Association of Swine
Dr Bob Friendship, recipient of the Howard Dunne Memorial Award
Dr Tim Trayer, Denver, Pennsylvania, received the Meritorious
Service Award for consistently contributing his time and service
to the association's members, officers, and staff. He was cited
for his service on a number of AASV committees and as the AASV
delegate to the AVMA. In accepting the award, Dr Trayer expressed
gratitude to his father for instilling his Quaker value of service,
to his encouraging professors at Wilmington College and The Ohio
State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to his supportive
swine practitioners, and to Deb, his wife of 30 years, who "truly
is my mentor." Dr Trayer is a partner in an eight-person veterinary
practice that focuses primarily on swine and dairy production medicine.
Dr Tim Trayer, recipient of the Meritorious Service Award
Student seminar and scholarships
Fifteen students, representing nine universities, presented research
and case reports at the student seminar sponsored by Alpharma Animal
Jason Kelly was awarded a $5000 scholarship by the AASV Foundation
for best presentation at the student seminar. Kelly is a fourth-year
veterinary student at Purdue University. His presentation was titled "Weekly
growth and carcass response to feeding ractopamine (Paylean")." Alpharma
Animal Health provided the financial support for this award.
Seven veterinary students were also recognized by the AASV Foundation
for their student presentations, with $2000 scholarships provided
by Eli Lilly and Company on behalf of Elanco Animal Health: Dana
Beckler, University of Minnesota; Molita Birchen, University of
Illinois; Heather Gunn, University of Guelph; Erin Johnson, University
of Illinois; Keith Kinsley, University of Minnesota; Adam Moeser,
North Carolina State University; and Raphael Vanderstichel, University
of Prince Edward Island.
Several honored guests spoke to attendees during the luncheon
sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.
Dr Joe Howell, AVMA president, thanked AASV members who serve
on AVMA councils and committees. While speaking about issues impacting
veterinarians, Dr Howell said, "The AVMA will stand in support
of the food animal segment of the profession."
Dr Patty Scharko, president of the American Association of Bovine
Practitioners, talked about the mutual support between the AABP
and AASV, inviting Dr Tokach to join her at the podium as two "sister
Dr Lisa Tokach with Dr Patty Scharko, president of the American
Association of Bovine Practitioners
Dr John Korslund, a pork producer member of the NPB Swine Health
Committee and an AASV member, updated attendees on producer activities
at the NPB.
Dr K. T. Wright gave a report of the AASV Foundation, stating
that the current market value of the endowed fund is $228,000.
A cornerstone of the AASV educational mission has been its high-quality
seminars, designed to keep swine veterinarians on the frontier
of swine health and production. Once again, the AASV lived up to
expectations, with 12 half-day preconference seminars.
Three seminars dealt with "bugs and drugs." Participants
could choose from sessions on applied pharmacology, prevention
and control of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus,
or foreign animal disease education, surveillance, and diagnosis.
Several seminars focused on providing practitioners with the knowledge
and tools that would enable them to add value to their clients'
operations. Specific information was presented on advances in boar
stud management, practical approaches to nutritional problems,
elements of proper ventilation in swine facilities, components
of swine welfare assessment, and issues related to parity-specific
management. Two seminars provided practical skills for efficient
and cost-effective farm visits.
Rounding out the preconference program were sessions on professional
and personal development. Veterinary students and recent graduates
learned some secrets of career success from established veterinarians.
Established veterinarians learned the basics of estate planning.
Industrial partners and technical tables
A total of 54 concurrent industrial partner presentations were
made as part of the preconference activities. Representatives of
commercial companies staffed 53 technical tables.
With the ceremonial "passing of the gavel," Dr Rick
Sibbel, Ankeny, Iowa, accepted the 2003-2004 presidency of the
AASV. He succeeds Dr Lisa Tokach, Abilene, Kansas, who is now Immediate
Past President. Dr John Waddell, Sutton, Nebraska, ascended to
President-Elect. In the closest election in recent AASV history,
Dr Tom Gillespie, Rensselaer, Indiana, was elected Vice President.
AASV 2003 officers, left to right: Dr Thomas Gillespie, Vice President;
Dr Lisa Tokach, Past President; Dr John Waddell, President-Elect;
and Dr Rick Sibbel, President
In 2004, the AASV will meet March 6 to 9 in Des Moines, Iowa.