Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory names Dr. Rovira assistant director

Dr. Albert Rovira

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MVDL) has named one of its diagnosticians assistant director. Albert Rovira, DVM, MS, PhD, assumed the post in July. He has been a large animal diagnostician with the MVDL since 2008. In his new role, Rovira will lead efforts to build stakeholder relationships and improve internal operations.

“Dr. Rovira has demonstrated strong leadership in developing and nurturing key relationships between the MVDL and other public and private organizations,” says Jerry Torrison, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, director of the MVDL. “He also has played a central role in our continuous efforts to improve the efficiency and quality of our operations.” 

Rovira has a proven track record in building successful collaborations between the MVDL and multiple partners, including research teams at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, to public organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, and pharmaceutical companies. He has also been a leader in evaluating and advising clients on new diagnostic sampling techniques.

“The field of veterinary diagnostics is dynamic,” Rovira says, “and this ongoing change makes it fun to come to work each day to safeguard animal health from the constant threat of infectious disease.”

A native of Barcelona, Spain, Rovira earned his DVM and master’s from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Since 2000, he has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and served as the lead- or co-investigator on more than 35 research projects. As a large animal diagnostician, Rovira consults with clients on a daily basis to equip them with the best diagnostic tools available, elucidate test results, and implement effective disease-fighting strategies.

The MVDL is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, is the only accredited laboratory in Minnesota, and is a Level I member of the United States Department of Agriculture National Animal Health Laboratory Network. It is a recognized national leader in providing rapid diagnosis of animal diseases, identifying emerging diseases, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians and veterinarians.

With laboratories in St. Paul and Willmar, the MVDL performs more than 1 million procedures each year. The MVDL is poised to roll out new virus detection capabilities, and assist in developing new field-based diagnostic tests for Chronic Wasting Disease, the prion-based infectious disease emerging within Minnesota’s wild deer population.

Environmental monitoring as an educational tool in a PEDV outbreak

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are sharing a report from the Kansas State University about monitoring PEDv in the environment.

Key Points

  • Environmental monitoring can highlight biosecurity gaps and be an educational tool
  • Biosecurity involves exclusion and containment
  • Staff involvement in monitoring results and solutions can be critical to staff behavior and motivation
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Salmonella: How can we fight ‘smart’ bacteria?

Salmonella is an older pathogen, well-known in the swine industry. However, clinical signs of salmonellosis are still seen on the farm, sometimes despite the use of vaccines. Dr. Matheus Costa and graduate student Mariana Meneguzzi explain why this might be due to the great variety of Salmonella found in pigs in an article for the National Hog Farmer.

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Frequency and destination of live exports of breeding-stock pigs from the United States

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, the MSHMP team in association with SHIC is a mirror of a previous report about the import of breeding stock and focuses on the export of these animals.

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The 2019 Leman conference is in less than two weeks!

Swine health experts from around the country are convening at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference to present on topics including PRRS diagnostics, risk factors, and incidence; improving pig survival; keeping Mycoplasma out of the farm; vitamin deficiencies; and emergency planning and response to pig farm disasters. Registration is still open! We look forward to seeing you there.

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