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Fine weather, keen competition highlight AASV Foundation Golf Outing

Landsmeer Golf Club greeted 14 teams of AASV Foundation golfers on August 20 with the weather every golfer dreams of, but rarely encounters on an Iowa summer afternoon: sunny yet cool with a light, refreshing breeze. Truly a perfect day! The 56 golfers responded with strong golfing and lively, good-natured competition. There appeared to be a bullseye on the back of Dave Bomgaars’ team, which has consistently placed high in past outings and also enjoyed a bit of home course advantage at this year’s Orange City location. At the end of the day, only a single point separated the top three teams, with Bomgaars’ foursome (himself, Dave Iverson, Tom Marsteller, and Doug Sullivan) finishing in third place after the tiebreaker with Boehringer Ingelheim’s team of Jeff Blythe, Doug Nold, Cory Puetz, and Tom Wetzell. Both teams recorded a score of 59. The outing’s top honors went to the Pipestone Veterinary Services team of Michael Menke, Steve Menke, Luke Minion, and Adam Schelkopf, achieving a final team score of 58. In addition to the team competition, several contests scattered across the course tested and rewarded the skills of the individual golfers as well.

The generous support of sponsors enhanced the event for all participants and helped ensure its financial success. Harrisvaccines sponsored the beverage cart to keep golfers refreshed on the course. Golf hole sponsors, including Chr Hansen, Elanco Animal Health, Insight Wealth Group, Merck Animal Health, NPPC, Phibro Animal Health, and Zoetis, hosted on-course activities and giveaways. At the conclusion of the afternoon of golf, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc, sponsored the awards dinner, where Dr Josh Ellingson, this year’s outing coordinator, announced the following team and individual contest winners.

Championship flight

First place team hosted by Pipestone Veterinary Services (score of 58): Michael Menke, Steve Menke, Luke Minion, Adam Schelkopf

Second place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (score of 59): Jeff Blythe, Doug Nold, Cory Puetz, Tom Wetzell

Third place team hosted by Elanco Animal Health (score of 59): Dave Bomgaars, Dave Iverson, Tom Marsteller, Doug Sullivan

First flight

First place team hosted by Zoetis (score of 66): Tom Buelt, Josh Ellingson, Tim Stuart, Paul Thomas

Second place team hosted by Zoetis (score of 66): Kent Schwartz, Steve Sornsen, Ron White, Jeff Zimmerman

Third place team hosted by Iowa State University (score of 66): Eric Burrough, Drew Magstadt, Tiffany Magstadt, Chris Rademacher

Second flight

First place team hosted by Merck Animal Health (score of 69): Jack Creel, Steve Schmitz, Michelle Sprague, Steve Sprague

Second place team hosted by NPPC (score of 69): Pete Houska, Greg Thornton, Chris Van Beck, Marv Van Den Top

Third place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (score of 75): Kyle Clymer, Justin Rustvold, Paul Schmid, Hillary Snyder

Individual contests

Longest drive, women (hole #6): Tiffany Magstadt

Longest drive, men (hole #8): Jared Terpstra

Longest drive (hole #12): Jeff Kindwall

Longest putt (hole #9): Darrell Neuberger

Closest to 150-yard marker (hole #5): Pete Houska

Closest to the pin (hole #4): Dave Iverson

Closest to the pin (hole #7): Jared Terpstra

Closest to the pin (hole #11): Tom Marsteller

The team from Pipestone Veterinary Services took top honors at this year’s AASV Foundation Golf Outing. Left to right: Michael Menke, Adam Schelkopf, Luke Minion, Steve Menke.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kleis, Insight Wealth Group

It took a tie-breaker to determine the second and third-place teams. The Boehringer Ingelheim-hosted team won the tie-breaker to take second-place. Left to right: Doug Nold, Tom Wetzell, Cory Puetz, and Jeff Blythe.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kleis, Insight Wealth Group

Elanco Animal Health foursome of (left to right) Dave Iverson, Dave Bomgaars, Doug Sullivan, and Tom Marsteller finished only one stroke behind the leader but lost the tie-breaker to receive third place.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kleis, Insight Wealth Group

The annual golf fundraiser provides support for AASV Foundation programs, including veterinary-student scholarships, travel stipends to assist students attending the AASV Annual Meeting, research grants, swine externship grants, and tuition support for students taking courses at the Swine Medicine Education Center.

AASV Foundation issues call for research proposals: $60,000 available

As part of its mission to fund research with direct application to the profession, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation seeks research proposals for funding in 2016. Proposals are due January 29, 2016 and may request a maximum of $30,000 (US$) per project. A maximum of $60,000 will be awarded across two or more projects. The announcement of projects selected for funding will take place at the AASV Foundation Luncheon in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, February 28, 2016 (awardees may be notified in advance).

Proposed research should fit one of the five action areas stated in the AASV Foundation mission statement (see sidebar).

The instructions for submitting proposals are available on the AASV Foundation Web site at https://www.aasv.org/foundation/2016/research.php. Proposals may be submitted by mail or e-mail (preferred).

A panel of AASV members will evaluate and select proposals for funding, on the basis of the following scoring system:

  • Potential benefit to swine veterinarians/swine industry (40 points)
  • Probability of success within timeline (35 points)
  • Scientific/investigative quality (15 points)
  • Budget justification (5 points)
  • Originality (5 points)

For more information, or to submit a proposal:

AASV Foundation, 830 26th Street, Perry, IA 50220-2328; Tel: 515-465-5255; Fax: 515-465-3832; e-mail: aasv@aasv.org.

Jazz It UP – Give Generously in The Big Easy!

What better place than New Orleans to support the AASV Foundation? The city of New Orleans, with all of its charm, has been known as the birthplace of jazz for nearly a century. The nickname “The Big Easy” comes from a renowned dance hall of the early nineteen hundreds, but not until 1987 did the name become universally adopted after the movie based on the James Conway crime novel of the same name indelibly etched it into American culture. The Big Easy maintains the image of relaxation and slow, easy-going ways to unwind and live on the fun side of life. Likewise, the AASV Foundation Auction Committee invites you relax, be generous, and enjoy the music while you invest in the future of the AASV. Our success depends on you, the membership, so help us put together another fun-filled auction night at our annual meeting. We are confident of our endeavor and the commitment of the AASV members.

Donate your auction item(s) by December 1

The committee is currently working on putting together donations, so make your commitments as soon as possible. If you have questions or just want to discuss possibilities, please contact any of the committee members. Download the donation form at https://www.aasv.org/foundation and submit a description and image of your item(s) by December 1. Your contribution will be recognized in the printed auction catalog as well as on the auction Web site, and your name will appear in the JSHAP full-page spread recognizing all of our auction item donors. If that’s not enough, there’s a good chance Dr Harry Snelson will say something witty about your donation in the AASV e-Letter, too!

The AASV Foundation is committed to ensuring the future of the swine veterinary profession. Proceeds from the auction enable funding for AASV Foundation programs, including

•  Administering endowments for the Howard Dunne and Alex Hogg Memorial Lectures

•  Administering the Hogg Scholarship for a swine veterinarian pursuing an MS or PhD

•  Administering funding for Veterinary Student Scholarships

•  Co-sponsoring travel stipends for veterinary students attending the AASV Annual Meeting

•  Providing swine externship grants to veterinary students

•  Funding swine research with direct application to the profession

•  Administering funding for the National Pork Industry Foundation Internship Stipends

•  Providing support for Heritage Videos

•  Tuition support for out-of-state veterinary students to attend the Swine Medicine Education Center.