The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) honored five of its members at its March annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ:
- Marlin Hoogland, DVM, was presented the Young Veterinarian of the Year award. Hoogland is a 2005 graduate of Iowa State University and practices with Murphy-Brown’s western operations based in Algona, IA. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois’ Executive Veterinary Program.
- Dale Polson, DVM, Ankeny, IA, received the Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year award. Polson is the senior veterinarian, Technical Resources for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Over the years, he has directed the implementation of several large farm PRRS control and elimination projects. He was instrumental in the development and subsequent gifting of the PRRS Risk Assessment Tool to the AASV, used to understand internal and external PRRS risks to farms.
- Amy Vincent, DVM, received the Howard Dunne Memorial Award for her work in furthering the understanding of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza outbreak and its potential impact on the swine industry. Vincent, research veterinary medical officer at the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA, currently serves on the AASV Influenza Working Group.
- Warren Wilson, DVM, was named the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award. He has served as an associate veterinarian in practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin and worked for Bayer Animal Health. He currently works as a senior swine technical service veterinarian with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. He has been an active member of AASV since 1973 and served recently as president of the AASV Foundation.
- John Baker, DVM, was named the Swine Practitioner of the Year. Baker is the owner and founder of Warrick Veterinary Clinic in Boonville, IN, which includes three other clinicians in a mixed-animal practice. He has been an active member of the AASV since 1981. He currently serves as the swine representative to the Indiana Board of Animal Health where he serves as chairman of the board. He also belongs to the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Indiana Swine Group and the Southwestern Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.