Luc Dufresne, DVM, senior director of health assurance at Seaboard Foods, will receive the Science in Practice award for his work leading swine health management at Seaboard Foods, keeping science relevant to industry by moving research into the field. Dufresne will receive the award at the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.   
 
The Science in Practice award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated or shows promising research productivity in production and disease, and who has made contributions to the creation and dissemination of new knowledge for the betterment of the swine industry. The award honors a veterinarian whose major responsibility is moving research into the field, rather than creation of the research.
 
“Dr. Dufresne has exemplified the requirements of the Leman Science in Practice award his entire career,” reported Robert Morrison, Ph.D., professor and researcher at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. “He has consistently pursued science-based solutions and used data to guide his decisions. He shares his observations and conclusions with the industry and encourages others to do the same. This attitude has been most apparent in the last 18 months as he and his employer, Seaboard Foods, have led the industry response to the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).”
 
At Seaboard Foods — an integrated system with nearly 220,000 sows producing 4.5 million market hogs annually on farms located in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Texas – DuFresne’s responsibilities include managing the company’s preventative health programs, biosecurity and diagnostic protocols. He also develops and supervises animal health research projects at Seaboard Foods’ commercial and research farms.
 
In 1988, Dufresne graduated from the University of Montreal Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Dufresne is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners certified in Swine Health Management, a designation earned by certification in clinical practice for a specific species with demonstration of exceptional knowledge, skill and competency.
 
Prior to joining Seaboard Foods, Dufresne held positions at Shur-Gain, Brown’s of Carolina, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and PIC. He attributes his successful veterinary medicine career to those mentors and co-workers who recognized the value in applied practical research and challenged him to continually improve pig health and production.