Nominate exceptional colleagues for AASV awards

Do you know an AASV member whose dedication to the association and the swine industry is worthy of recognition? The AASV Awards Committee requests nominations for the following five awards to be presented at the upcoming AASV Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Howard Dunne Memorial Award – Given annually to an AASV member who has made a significant contribution and rendered outstanding service to the AASV and the swine industry.

Meritorious Service Award – Given annually to an individual who has consistently given time and effort to the association in the area of service to the AASV members, officers, and staff.

Swine Practitioner of the Year – Given annually to the swine practitioner (AASV member) who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency in the delivery of veterinary service to his or her clients.

Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year – Given annually to the technical services or allied industry veterinarian who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of veterinary service to his or her company and its clients, as well as given tirelessly in service to the AASV and the swine industry.

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 or her career.

Nominations are due December 15. The nomination letter should specify the award and cite the qualifications of the candidate for the award. Submit to AASV, 830 26th Street, Perry, IA 50220; Fax: 515-465-3832; E-mail: aasv@aasv.org.

AASV seeks young energetic talent

As you know, AASV represents the interests of our membership and that of the pig on a wide variety of topics. We are frequently asked to offer up some names of our members to serve on working groups, professional associations, committees, etc. We would really like to encourage a younger generation of our membership to start getting involved in these opportunities. It’s important that we start transferring this wealth of institutional memory to our next generation of leaders and that we engage some new thoughts and inputs into solving the problems facing our profession and the swine industry we serve. If you’re interested in serving the association and the profession in this manner, we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail us (snelson@aasv.org) and include any particular topic area of interest (such as welfare, antimicrobials, foreign or emerging swine diseases, <>etc) or special skill set you might possess (such as welfare, pharmacology, epidemiology, government policy, genetics, etc). We’ll put your name on a list and contact you the next time we have an opportunity. Also, let us know if you are interested in serving on an AASV committee. Come on, stop being a waiter and start serving.

Call for papers – AASV 2018 Student Seminar

Veterinary Student Scholarships

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians announces an opportunity for veterinary students to make a scientific presentation during the Student Seminar at the AASV Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Interested students are invited to submit a one-page abstract of a research paper, clinical case study, or literature review for consideration. The submitting student must be a current (2017-2018) student member of the AASV at the time of submission, and must not have graduated from veterinary school prior to March 4, 2018. Submissions are limited to one (1) abstract per student.

Abstracts and supplementary materials must be received by Dr Maria Pieters (pieters@aasv.org) by 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (firm deadline). All material must be submitted electronically. Late abstracts will not be considered. Students will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of their submission. If they do not receive this confirmation e-mail, they must contact Dr Maria Pieters (pieters@aasv.org) by Friday, September 22, 2017, with supporting evidence that the submission was made in time; otherwise, the submission will not be considered for judging. The abstracts will be reviewed by an unbiased, professional panel consisting of private practitioners, academicians, and industry veterinarians. Fifteen abstracts will be selected for oral presentation in the Student Seminar at the AASV Annual Meeting. Students will be notified by October 13, 2017, and those selected to participate will be expected to provide the complete paper or abstract, reformatted for publication, by November 15, 2017.

As sponsor of the Student Seminar, Zoetis provides a total of $20,000 in support to fund travel stipends and the top student presenter scholarship. The student presenter of each paper selected for oral presentation receives a $750 stipend to help defray the costs of attending the AASV meeting.

Each veterinary student whose paper is selected for oral presentation competes for one of several veterinary student scholarships awarded through the AASV Foundation. The oral presentations will be judged to determine the amount of the scholarship awarded. Zoetis funds the $5000 scholarship for the student whose paper, oral presentation, and supporting information are judged best overall. Elanco Animal Health provides $20,000 in additional funding, enabling the AASV Foundation to award $2500 each for 2nd through 5th place, $1500 each for 6th through 10th place, and $500 each for 11th through 15th place.

Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentation in the Student Seminar will be considered for participation in a poster session at the annual meeting. Zoetis and the AASV fund a stipend of $250 for each student who is selected and participates in the poster presentation. In addition, the presenters of the top 15 poster abstracts compete for awards ranging from $200 to $500 in the Veterinary Student Poster Competition, sponsored by Newport Laboratories.

Complete information for preparing and submitting abstracts is available on the AASV Web site at www.aasv.org/annmtg/2018/studentseminar.htm. Please note: the rules for submission should be followed carefully. For more information, contact the AASV office (Tel: 515-465-5255; Fax: 515-465-3832; E-mail: aasv@aasv.org).

Call for submissions – Industrial Partners

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians invites submissions for the Industrial Partners portion of the 49th AASV Annual Meeting, to be held March 3-6, 2018, in San Diego, California. This is an opportunity for commercial companies to make brief presentations of a technical, educational nature to members of the AASV.

As in the past, the oral sessions will consist of a series of 15-minute presentations scheduled from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, March 4. A poster session will take place on the same day. Poster authors will be required to be stationed with their poster from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm, and the posters will remain on display throughout the afternoon and the following day for viewing by meeting attendees.

Restricted program space necessitates a limit on the number of presentations per company. Companies that are members of the Journal of Swine Health and Production Industry Support Council (listed at www.aasv.org/aasv/aasvisc.php) may submit two topics for oral presentation. All other companies may submit one topic for oral presentation. Sponsors of the AASV e-Letter may submit an additional topic for oral presentation. In addition, every company may submit one topic for poster presentation (poster topics must not duplicate oral presentations). All topics must represent information not previously presented at the AASV Annual Meeting or published in the meeting proceedings.

To participate, send 1) company name, 2) presentation title, 3) a brief description of the presentation content, and 4) contact information for the presenter (name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address) to AASV by September 29, 2017. Please identify whether the submission is intended for ORAL or POSTER presentation. Send submissions to aasv@aasv.org.

Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by October 13, 2017, and must submit the paper for publication in the meeting proceedings by November 15, 2017. Companies failing to submit papers in a timely manner may not be eligible for future participation in these sessions.

There is no charge for participation in the Industrial Partners sessions, but all presenters are required to register for the meeting (nonmember participants may register at the AASV regular member rate). The AASV does not provide a speaking stipend or travel reimbursement to Industrial Partners presenters.

Do you have a practice tip to share?

What’s one thing you do that makes you more efficient? Impresses your clients? Helps you communicate? Makes a repetitive task quicker and easier? Simplifies sample submission? Keeps your day, equipment, or records organized?

Whatever it is that makes you a better swine veterinarian, why not share it at the 2018 AASV Annual Meeting? There is no paper required, and you might even win a cash prize!

The 2018 Practice Tips Seminar will be held in San Diego on Saturday afternoon, March 3. Please contact Dr Jeff Harker (jharker@amvcms.com) or the AASV office (aasv@aasv.org) to volunteer – or encourage a colleague to do the same.