Locke Karriker, DVM, associate professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine at Iowa State University, was honored recently with the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award from Mississippi State University.

Karriker received his award during a special university banquet Feb. 10. The award recognizes achievements of alumni whose personal and professional achievements reflect the veterinary school’s mission at Mississippi State.

In commenting on Karriker’s achievements, Ken Hoblet, DVM, dean of Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said, “Through his research and work, Dr. Karriker is having a very positive impact on the swine industry and helping to secure a safe food supply both nationally and worldwide.”

Karriker joined Iowa State University (ISU) in 2003, after spending four years at Seaboard Farms, Inc., as a production veterinarian. Those years at Seaboard provided experience in integrated pork production that would later prove invaluable as an educator in swine medicine and as director of ISU’s Swine Medicine Education Center.

Karriker received his DVM (1999) and a master’s degree (2000) from Mississippi State University. In 2009, he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management. He is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Karriker, a native of North Carolina, was raised on a family farm and later attended the University of Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.