Laura Batista, DVM, of Quebec, Canada, has been named the recipient of the 2009 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Pfizer Animal Health.

Batista was honored for her contributions to swine health management and industry best practices.

“To be considered among this group of state-of-the-art veterinarians who have contributed so much to swine medicine around the world is an honor,” says Batista. “It tells me that I’ve been doing something right, but also that I must continue to improve my contributions to this industry.”

The award was established in 1994 to recognize significant achievements that contribute to the body of knowledge related to swine health and management. The honor is named in memory of swine industry leader Al Leman, DVM, a University of Minnesota veterinarian dedicated to the education of practicing veterinarians.

“Pfizer Animal Health is honored to recognize Dr. Laura Batista for her contributions to the swine industry worldwide,” says Steve Sornsen, DVM, director, U.S. Swine Veterinary Services, Pfizer Animal Health. “Her work over the last 25 years has profoundly benefitted our industry, and will continue to for years to come.”

Batista graduated from the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia de la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in 1984. In 2003, she completed a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.

She has worked on disease management and record analysis to optimize swine productivity in Mexico, Latin America, Canada, United States and Europe.

Batista has served as director of research and development for swine health for the Centre de developpement du porc du Quebec in Canada. Batista and Asociados offers swine consulting service around the world.

She served as president of the Mexican Association of Swine Practitioners from 2007 through 2009.

Go to Pfizer Animal Health for more information on the award.