President's message

March and April, 1999

Greetings from south central Kentucky. As I write this, my final President's message, the hog market is slowly emerging from the lowest prices in the past 60 years. Industry restructuring continues and no one is sure where things will settle out. Amidst the chaos, the AASP has continued to provide us with leading-edge information and the opportunity to sharpen and, indeed, change our skills if we feel that it is needed. I have certainly enjoyed my 3 years as an AASP officer and the past year as President. It has been a learning experience and has kept me in contact with people who are setting the standards in swine practice and in delivering service to their clients. I appreciate all the help I have received from many of you, all the members who serve on the various committees, and especially Tom Burkgren and Sue Schulteis in the AASP office.

When I ran for AASP Vice-President 3 years ago, I set the following as my goals for the organization:

When I was interviewed by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association following last year's AASP meeting and before beginning my year as president, I put food safety and antibiotic resistance issues at the top of the list of priorities for the AASP to address.

Some of these goals have been achieved, some partly fulfilled, and others are still works in progress. Some will never be entirely met but will remain ideals to work toward.

Some highlights that occurred during my 3 years as an officer were:

There weren't many low points during the entire time, but one of them was the death of Wally Brandt, our AASP historian for several years and a real friend to swine practitioners.

As I prepare to join the ranks of AASP past-presidents, a renowned group of individuals I'm not sure I belong with, I want to encourage our membership. We need to remain active in our organization as we move forward and continue our service to swine veterinarians and ultimately to producers and consumers. Your new AASP president, Al Scheidt, and the other officers have ambitious agendas for the organization. They will need a lot of membership input to achieve them.

Thanks for the opportunities this organization has afforded me and happy swine practicing!


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