Dates for the 16th annual Swine Disease for Practitioners Conference are confirmed for Nov. 6-7, 2008 at the Scheman Building, Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

Among talks scheduled for Nov. 6 are:

  • The risks to and impacts of disease on pork exports by John Lawrence of Iowa State University (ISU);
  • Blue Ear/High Fever Syndrome in Southeast Asia, R.B. “Butch” Baker, DVM, ISU;
  • A condemnation and outbreak of erysipelas, Joe Bender, ISU;
  • Reemergence of swine dysentery – implications for control, Robert Glock, DVM, Tucson, AZ; and
  • Circovirus vaccine compliance techniques, John Johnson, DVM, ISU.

Highlights Nov. 7 include the second annual Pig Power Networking Event, which provides an opportunity for veterinarians to interface with 20 veterinary students interested in practicing swine medicine. The program runs 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Interested parties should contact Locke Karriker, DVM, ISU Student Chapter advisor,

Kicking off the Dr. Roy Schultz Lecture Series is New Understandings about PCV2 (porcine circovirus type 2) Virus and Effects on Pigs by Kenneth McCullough, Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis, Mittelhausen, Switzerland.

Related talks cover experimental infections with PCV2a and PCV2b types by Philip Gauger, DVM, ISU, and PCV2 and semen contamination – practical implications by Darin Madson, DVM, ISU.

Lisa Becton, DVM, National Pork Board, will provide a review of the Transportation Biosecurity Summit held in Kansas City this summer.

Angie Delks, DVM, Suidae Animal Health, Algona, IA, will present the practitioner’s role in transportation biosecurity evaluations.

Jeff Zimmerman, DVM, Iowa State University, will discuss disease control in contemporary swine populations.

For more information, visit or contact conference coordinator Julie Kieffer at