AASV Foundation News
Foundation announces 2010 research support

The AASV Foundation is pleased to announce the funding of research with application to the swine veterinary profession. The foundation’s research review committee selected a proposal submitted by Dr Cate Dewey for funding in the amount of $5560.

The foundation’s support will fund efforts at the University of Guelph to expose pre-veterinary and veterinary students to the basics of swine-production management and career opportunities in swine medicine. The program will engage two groups of five to six students in a series of on-farm seminars and group discussions during the 2010-2011 school year. The students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in on-farm activities related to each stage of pig development. In addition, they will attend at least one swine continuing-education meeting, discuss research published in the Journal of Swine Health and Production, and meet with swine veterinarians engaged in private practice as well as other swine-related careers. At the conclusion of the program, an exit survey will be administered to determine if the program influenced the students’ decisions regarding swine veterinary medicine. A summary of the findings will be published in the Journal of Swine Health and Production.

“Funding of research with direct application to the profession” is one of the five action points in the AASV Foundation’s mission to increase the effectiveness of swine veterinarians. Projects funded by the foundation are to be completed within 12 months, with a report due within 60 days of completion. For additional information regarding the AASV Foundation, see www.aasv.org/foundation, or contact the AASV: Tel: 515-465-5255; E-mail: aasv@aasv.org.

Jen ArnallAASV welcomes summer intern

The AASV is pleased to introduce Jennifer Arnall, the AASV 2010 summer intern. Arnall will spend 8 weeks working on a variety of projects for AASV this summer, including membership surveys, annual meeting planning, and AASV materials related to the “Hogging It” report. Financial support for the student intern position was provided by the AASV Foundation.

Arnall earned her BS in Animal Science and Management from the University of California-Davis and her MS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Wyoming. Currently, she is entering her junior year in veterinary medicine at UC-Davis. Her work as herdsman for the UC-Davis swine unit initiated her interest and experience in swine, and she has been a student member of AASV since entering veterinary school. In 2009, she was selected to receive a National Pork Industry Foundation Veterinary Internship Stipend and participated in a 4-week internship at Rensselaer Swine Services in Rensselaer, Indiana.