Gordon Spronk, DVM, staff veterinarian and partner at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Pipestone, MN, was named the 2011 recipient of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The presentation was made during the Leman Swine Conference held this week in St. Paul, MN.

The award was established in 1994 and honors individuals whose achievements contribute significantly to the body of knowledge related to swine health and management.

Spronk has served at the Pipestone clinic for 30 years and as a swine health consultant in more than 10 states and 10 countries. He is also an adjunct professor at the college, where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council and the advisory board of the Swine Disease Eradication Center.

Spronk was named swine practitioner of the year by the American Association of Swine Practitioners in 2000.

Spronk is the co-founder of the Pipestone system of swine production.