AASP Vice-Presidential Candidates
January and February, 1997
H. Neil Becker, DVM, MS
Objectives for serving
To repay all those who have gone before, in some small way, for their many contributions to the AASP. "To honor the past and build for the future."
Alan B. Scheidt
Alan Scheidt, a native of Columbus, Indiana, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College in 1972, his Master of Science degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1983, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 from Purdue University. Al practiced in St. Louis, Missouri from 1976-1978. Following his Master's studies with Dr. Lew Runnels at Purdue, he worked in the swine feed industry. In 1984, Al returned to Purdue University as a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. There he taught swine production medicine, did research with application to the pork industry, and participated in pork extension activities. In 1993, Al returned to industry and currently is manager of technical services for the Pork Business Team for Pfizer Animal Health. The Scheidt family lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Al is also an adjunct faculty member at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, working with faculty in both the Departments of Food Animal and Equine Medicine and the Extension Service within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Al joined the AASP in 1975 while a veterinary student at Purdue. He has served the AASP on the Animal Welfare Committee, the Veterinary Medical Education Student and Faculty Committee, and the Student Seminars Committee. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners(ABVP), Swine Health Management Specialty. Within ABVP, he is the vice-chairperson for credentials and responsible for the entry examination. Al is married to Gwyn and they have three young adults: Rhiannon (19), Michael (17), and Brad (15). They enjoy travel, camping, scuba, hiking, music, and animals. They are members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Al has the following to say about seeking the vice-presidency of AASP: "Belonging to the AASP since I was a veterinary student has influenced my choice of careers. I have always known that the AASP was committed to providing scientific, timely, relevant, practitioner-oriented information to the members. Toward that tradition of excellence I am seeking the office of vice-president. My goals are as follows: