A successful 50th anniversary of the AASV meeting

The 50th anniversary of the AASV meeting this past week was an occasion to shine for faculty, students, and researchers of the University of Minnesota swine group.

Dr. Peter Davies received the Howard Dunne memorial award, recognizing his important contributions and outstanding service to the AASV and the swine industry.

The UMN CVM students did a fantastic job. Marjorie Schleper presented a comparison of methods for a successful inoculation with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and got the second place in the student oral presentation competition. Katelyn Rieland was also recognized for her project on the evaluation of UV chambers on swine farms.
David Pillman and Taylor Homann both received a prize for their poster presentation and Homann was awarded one of the 10 student scholarships given by Merck Animal Health.

Lastly, Dr. Juan Sanhueza And Dr. Mariana Kikuti each received one award given by Boehringer Ingelheim to advance the research on swine respiratory pathogens for their respective projects: “Toward the best testing strategy for PRRSV stability: time-to-negative processing fluids in breeding herds” and “Genetic diversity of PRRSV in piglets during an outbreak”.

Congratulations to all!

Dr. Peter Davies receives the Howard Dunne Memorial Award

We are extremely proud of our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Peter Davies who received the 2019 Howard Dunne Memorial Award at the 50th anniversary of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, in Orlando this past week.

Dr. Davies received the Howard Dunne memorial award at the 50th AASV meeting.

The Howard Dunne Memorial award is one of the most prestigious recognition given by the AASV recognizing an AASV member who has made important contributions and provided outstanding service to the association and the swine industry.

Davies was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, but in his youth spent much time in the wool and wheat producing region around Newdegate where his grandfather was a pioneer farmer, and for about 50 years his uncle Des Cuff always kept a few pigs for fun. There, he became interested in “all creatures great and small,” and never considered a profession other than veterinary medicine.

He received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honors from the University of Melbourne in 1975, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 1983. He has practiced as a clinical veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. During 1984-1986, he worked as a livestock advisor on an agricultural and community health project for small farmers in the northeast of Brazil. During 1987, recognizing the importance of veterinary expertise and specialty with life balance, he became involved in swine research as a senior veterinary officer for the South Australia Department of Agriculture, from where he was recruited to work at the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Davies has educated veterinary students in swine health and production, epidemiology, and food safety at North Carolina State University, Massey University in New Zealand, and the University of Minnesota, where he was the Allen D. Leman Chair of Swine Health and Productivity during 2003-2009. He has been a dedicated advisor to numerous Masters and PhD students, shaping the future critical thinkers and evidence-based scientists. All mention his energy, enthusiasm, and unwavering support. Described as a lifelong learner, Davies has also facilitated lifelong learning opportunities for practitioners, including a peer group program titled Epidemiological Skills for Swine Practitioners. Davies and the current Leman Chair, Dr. Cesar Corzo, are collaborating to create an updated iteration of that program to commence later in 2019.

Davies has served on several National Pork Board and AASV committees, has provided leadership for AASV and Leman Swine conferences, and regularly has been an invited speaker at international meetings on swine health and pork safety.

Davies has an extensive body of research and publications in swine health, antimicrobial use and resistance, and zoonotic and food-borne pathogens, including Salmonellaand methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He is now in the midst of a 5-year NIOSH funded, innovative and transformational study of infectious disease risks at the human-swine interface. Focused on MRSA, hepatitis E, and influenza, the research participants are practicing AASV members, together with a control group of companion animal veterinarians.

After serving on the International Scientific Committee of the International Research Center in Veterinary Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark during 2000-2007, Davies is now a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and is on the editorial board for the Merck Veterinary Manual.

When asked what it meant to him to receive the Howard Dunne Memorial Award, he responded:

“I am humbled and honored to have my name added to the list of Howard Dunne Award recipients – a list of AASV icons, mentors, and friends who have served and guided the swine veterinary community through the years. I am indebted to countless colleagues who have educated me along the way, and to the AASV for including me in its culture of exchanging experiences and lifelong learning – every conversation is an education!”

Congratulations Peter!

Come and see us at the 50th AASV meeting in Orlando!

In 2 weeks starts the 50th annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in Orlando, FL. Once again, the swine group from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine will be well represented. This year’s theme is Celebrating 50 years of Progress.

Numerous faculty member, graduate students, researchers and DVM students will be presenting throughout the conference.

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49th AASV annual meeting: Come see us in San Diego!

San Diego skyline from Pt64 On Saturday starts the 49th annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in San Diego, CA. Once again, the swine group from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine will be well represented. This year’s theme is Global Knowledge: Individual Application.

Dr. Marie Culhane, member of this year’s program committee will also be co-chair a seminar on Sunday morning regarding the 4-dimensional revolution in food animal health and production: the synthesis of diagnostics, devices, digital platforms, and data analytics.  Dr. Maria Pieters will co-chair the DVM student seminar hold on Sunday afternoon.

Numerous faculty member, graduate students, researchers and DVM students will be presenting throughout the conference.

Presenter Topic When Session
Montse Torremorell Comparison of aggregate/population samples to detect viruses in suckling pigs Saturday, 2:05pm Monitoring and Surveillance 2.0
Albert Rovira Using Optisample to determine sample for specific needs Saturday, 4:15pm Monitoring and Surveillance 2.0
Montse Torremorell Air filtration testing: understanding filter efficacy and leakage Saturday, 1:25pm Biosecurity
Juan Sanhueza MSHMP Sunday, 10:15am The 4-dimensional revolution in food animal health and production
Jerri Torrison PigSAVI Sunday, 10:40am The 4-dimensional revolution in food animal health and production
Fabio Vannucci Diagnostic testing for challenging cases Sunday, 9:15am Diagnostics
Fabian Chamba Pardo Breeding herd factors associated with influenza in piglets at weaning Sunday, 9:15am Research topics
Nirmala Jayaveeramuthu Is influenza vaccination a key driver of influenza genetic diversity in piglets? Sunday, 9:30am Research topics
Jorge Garrido Mantilla Novel approaches for influenza surveillance in swine breeding herds Sunday, 9:45am Research topics
Matthew Sturos Shedding and persistence of Senecavirus A in boars Sunday, 11:45am Research topics
Zhen Yang Geographic distribution and genetic diversity of PCV3 from clinical samples in US swine farms Sunday, 4:15pm Student seminar
Fernando Leite The impact of zinc amino acid complex supplementation on the porcine response to subclinical Lawsonia intracellularis infection Sunday, 1:15pm Industrial Partners
Erika Vasquez Comparison of IPMA and commercial blocking ELISA for Lawsonia intracellularis Sunday, 3:00pm Industrial Partners
Fabio Vannucci Senecavirus A: pathologist/research perspective Monday, 4:45pm Emerging diseases
Peter Davies Measuring antibiotic use in pork production: why, how, and for whom? Tuesday, 10:30am General session

Do not forget to take a look at the various posters we will be presenting!

Presenter Topic Poster #
Taylor Homann Comparison of individual and pooled oral fluid samples, and Swiffer environmental samples of drinkers for the detection of IAV-S and PRRSV by PCR 12
Kevin Gustafson In vitro culture of porcine B cells 26
Marjorie Schleper Evaluation of farrowing stall sanitation protocols with ATP bioluminescence 37
Talita Resende Co-detection of PCV2 and PCV3 in pig samples 64
Juan Sanhueza Factors that impact PRRS time to stability 65
Frances Shepherd Phenotypic relationship and hypervariability of the VP7 gene in porcine rotavirus B and C 66
Shaoyuan Tan Benchmarking pen-side sequencing for infectious disease diagnosis 67
Carles Vilalta Model to estimate PRRSV introduction in filtered farms with negative pressure 72

Hope to see you there!

AASV 2017: Another great year for the UMN-CVM students and faculty

The UMN CVM students did a fantastic job at the 2017 American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) meeting this past weekend. Four students presented their projects as an oral presentation. Zhen Yang, Alyssa Anderson, Hunter Baldry and Chris Deegan were all recognized by a jury for their hard work and commitment to the swine industry.
Taylor Homann, Donna Drebes, and Kevin Gustafson all got the opportunity to present their work as poster presentations.

Lastly, two out of the three awards given by Boehringer Ingelheim to advance the research on swine respiratory pathogens were given to Dr. Marie Culhane and Dr. Carlos Vilalta for their project on swine influenza and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus (PRRSV) respectively.

Congratulations to all!

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