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Golfers tee off to support AASV Foundation

An overcast sky and comfortable temperatures provided enjoyable conditions for the 11 teams of golfers who participated in the 2016 AASV Foundation Golf Outing. The event was held August 25 at the Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. Top honors in the best-ball tournament went to the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica team of Keith Bretey, Jeff OKones, Justin Rustvold, and Matt Sexton, with a score of 61. The second- and third-place teams were only three strokes behind, with matching team scores of 64. The Zoetis team, composed of AMVC veterinarians Josh Ellingson, Steve Schmitz, Paul Thomas, and Nick Weiss, took second place, while the Hog Slat foursome of Jim Crane, Chad Grouwinkel, Ryan Pudenz, and Fritz Richards secured third place overall.

The fundraising event benefited from the strong support of sponsors. Lunch was provided by APC, while Pharmgate Animal Health hosted the beverage cart to keep participants hydrated. Throughout the course, golfers enjoyed a variety of contests and giveaways offered by golf-hole sponsors Huvepharma, Insight Wealth Group, Merck Animal Health, Norbrook, NPPC, Phibro Animal Health, and Zoetis. To conclude the event, golfers enjoyed a smoked pork-loin dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica, while event coordinator Josh Ellingson recognized the following team and individual contest winners.

Championship flight

First place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (score of 61): Keith Bretey, Jeff OKones, Justin Rustvold, Matt Sexton

Second place team hosted by Zoetis (score of 64): Josh Ellingson, Steve Schmitz, Paul Thomas, Nick Weiss

Third place team hosted by Hog Slat (score of 64): Jim Crane, Chad Grouwinkel, Ryan Pudenz, Fritz Richards

First flight

First place team hosted by Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (score of 68): Eric Burrough, Franco Matias Ferreyra, Adam Krull, Drew Magstadt

Second place team hosted by Fast Genetics (score of 68): Darrell Neuberger, Kent Schwartz, Steve Sornsen, Jeff Zimmerman

Third place team hosted by NPPC (score of 71): Jack Bair, Steph Carlson, Pete Houska, Greg Thornton

Second flight

First place team hosted by Phibro Animal Health (score of 71): Grant Weaver, Mark Weaver, Doug Weiss

Second place team hosted by Topigs Norsvin (score of 71): Mitch Christensen, Chelcee Hindman, Randy Leete, Adam Uittenbogaard

Third place team hosted by Merck Animal Health (score of 73): Jack Creel, Rick Sibbel, Michelle Sprague, Steve Sprague

Individual contests

Hole #3, Longest putt: Dan Rosener

Hole #5, Closest to the pin, 2nd shot: Mark Weaver

Hole #8, Closest to the pin: Chad Grouwinkel

Hole #9, Longest drive: Steph Carlson

Hole #12, Longest putt: Mitch Christensen

Hole #15, Closest to the pin, 2nd shot: Matt Sexton

Hole #17, Closest to the pin: Matt Sexton

Hole #18, Longest drive in fairway: Josh Ellingson

The team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc took first place honors in the AASV Foundation golf outing with a score of 61. L to R: Justin Rustvold, Matt Sexton, Jeff OKones, Keith Bretey. Photo courtesy of Andrew Kleis at Insight Wealth Group.


Aim for the Sky in the Mile High – Give generously in Denver!

What better place than Denver to support the AASV Foundation? Denver’s beginnings were all about gold. In 1858, a small group of prospectors from Georgia discovered gold at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The gold rush that followed brought both prospectors and speculators to the area, and “Denver City” was born. After the Civil War, the discovery of silver brought a second onslaught of fortune seekers. With that history in mind, bring your own sacks of gold and silver to Denver and support the AASV Foundation! The AASV Foundation Auction Committee invites you to relax and enjoy the mountain scenery and vibrant way of life so evident in the Mile High City.

Please be generous investing 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 AASV members.

Donate 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 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
  • Scholarships for veterinarians pursuing board certification in the American College of Animal Welfare
  • 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
  • Providing support for Heritage Videos
  • Providing tuition support for out-of-state veterinary students to attend the Swine Medicine Education Center.

$5000 scholarships available to sophomore and junior veterinary students

The AASV Foundation is pleased to announce that Merck Animal Health has renewed its support for the $25,000 AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program. Now in its second year, the program seeks to identify and assist future swine veterinarians with their educational expenses. Applications are due December 31, 2016, for scholarships that will be awarded in early 2017.

Second- and third-year veterinary students enrolled in AVMA-accredited or -recognized colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, or the Caribbean Islands are eligible to apply for one of five $5000 scholarships. All applicants must be current (2016-2017) student members of AASV. To apply, students must submit a resume and the name of a faculty member or AASV member to serve as a reference, along with written answers to four essay questions. The application and instructions are available at AASVF-MerckScholarships.php.

The selection process will be conducted by a committee of four, which includes two AASV Foundation Board members and two AASV members-at-large. On the basis of the submitted materials, the student applicants will be scored and ranked on their past and current activities, level of interest in swine veterinary medicine, future career plans, and financial need. The five scholarship recipients will be announced during the 2017 AASV Annual Meeting in Denver, and the scholarship funds will be disbursed in March, after the conference.

The AASVF-Merck Veterinary Student Scholarship Program provides yet another opportunity for the AASV Foundation to fulfill its mission of “supporting the development and scholarship of students and veterinarians interested in the swine industry.” For more information on scholarships and other AASV Foundation programs, see

Research proposals sought for funding in 2017

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 2017. Proposals are due January 16, 2017, 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 Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, February 26, 2017 (awardees will 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 foundation/2017/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:

Swine veterinarians invited to apply for Hogg Scholarship

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation is pleased to offer the Hogg Scholarship, established to honor the memory of longtime AASV member and swine industry leader Dr Alex Hogg. Applications for the $10,000 scholarship will be accepted until February 1, 2017, and the scholarship recipient will be announced on Sunday, February 26, during the Foundation Luncheon at the AASV 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver.

The intent of the scholarship is to assist a swine veterinarian in his or her efforts to return to school for graduate education (resulting in a master’s degree or higher) in an academic field of study related to swine health and production.

Dr Alex Hogg’s career serves as the ideal model for successful applicants. After 20 years in mixed-animal practice, Dr Hogg pursued a master’s degree in veterinary pathology. He subsequently became Nebraska swine extension veterinarian and professor at the University of Nebraska. Upon “retirement,” Dr Hogg capped off his career with his work for MVP Laboratories. Always an enthusiastic learner, at age 75 he graduated from the Executive Veterinary Program offered at the University of Illinois.

The scholarship application requirements are outlined below, and on the AASV Web site at

Hogg Scholarship application requirements

An applicant for the Hogg Scholarship shall have

1.  Five or more years of experience as a swine veterinarian, either in a private practice or in an integrated production setting; and

2.  Five or more years of continuous membership in the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Applicants are required to submit the following for consideration as a Hogg Scholar:

1.  Current curriculum vitae,

2.  Letter of intent detailing his or her plans for graduate education and future plans for participation and employment within the swine industry, and

3.  Two letters of reference from AASV members attesting to the applicant’s qualifications to be a Hogg Scholar.

Applications and requests for information may be addressed to AASV Foundation, 830 26th Street, Perry, IA 50220-2328; Tel: 515-465-5255; E-mail: