Pipestone, MN, swine practitioner Gordon D. Spronk will be honored with the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Pfizer Animal Health.

The award was established by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, in honor of the late University of Minnesota veterinarian Al Leman, to mark significant contributions to the body of knowledge related to swine health and management.

The award will be presented at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Sept. 17-20, 2011 at RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, MN.

The conference is an international, multi-session conference promoting “science-driven solutions.” It annually draws nearly 1,000 leaders in the worldwide swine industry to present new information and research and discuss current and future issues facing the industry.

Spronk received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981. He serves as a staff veterinarian and partner at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic in Pipestone, MN, and has been a swine health consultant for 30 years in more than 10 states and 10 countries. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where he serves on the advisory board of the Swine Disease Eradication Center.

Spronk was named Swine Practitioner of the Year by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in 2000.