For the first time in its 18-year history, notification and registration for the Iowa State Swine Disease Conference is all electronic. Information on public registration can be found at The conference program is listed under the schedule tab:

This year’s conference is Nov. 4-5 2010 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Features include the return of Pig Power, a fast-paced networking opportunity to connect with veterinary students and the Dr. Roy Schultz Lecture Series with Hans Nauwynck, DVM, University of Gent, “Micro-Dissecting the Pathogenesis and Immune Response of PRRSV: Infection Paves the Way for More Efficient Vaccines Against PRRS.”

An Antimicrobial Resistance Panel includes:

  • “Antimicrobial Linkage from Stable to Table,” Scott Hurd, DVM, Iowa State University;
  • “MRSAs in Swine – Importance to Food Safety,” Liz Wagstrom, DVM, University of Minnesota;
  • “Practitioners and Antimicrobial Resistance,” John Waddell, DVM, Sutton (NE) Veterinary Clinic; and
  • “Producer Response to Antimicrobial Resistance,” Craig Rowles, DVM, Elite Pork Partnership, Carroll, IA.

a panel on Regional PRRS Control – Planning for the Future includes James Kober, DVM, Swine Veterinary Services of Michigan; Joe Connor, DVM, Carthage (IL) Veterinary Service, Ltd.; Thomas Parsons, DVM, University of Pennsylvania; and Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University.

Other topics of discussion focus on rotavirus evolution in pigs, clostridial disease overview, what’s been learned about feedback strategies, mycotoxins, the effects of antimicrobial withdrawal, emergence of swine influenza virus and a new porcine circovirus in Canadian swine.

Other topics include tuberculosis lesions in slaughter swine, comprehensive swine surveillance program, detection of viral pathogens using oral fluid, PRRS research updates and African swine fever’s global threats.

For more information, contact Julie Kieffer at or (515) 956-3201.