Scott Dee honored with Distinguished Research Alumnus award at 2023 CVM Research Day

Dr. Scott Dee (left) holds the Distinguished Research Alumni award with CVM Associate Dean of Research Dr. Molly McCue. Photo by Marty Moen. 

Over his 35-year career, Dr. Scott Dee, ’87 DVM, ’85 MS, ’96 PhD, has made a significant impact in the world of veterinary swine medicine through research efforts focused on infectious diseases. 

On April 6, the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) honored Dee for those efforts and more through its Distinguished Research Alumni award, presented as part of the College’s annual Research Day event.  

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A successful 2023 AASV meeting for the University of Minnesota!

The University of Minnesota was well represented at the 54th AASV annual meeting, last week-end in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Joaquin Alvarez-Norambuena gave two talks during the research topics session. His first presentation focused on investigating if PRRSV can reach ground water after manure spreading while the second one compared various hand sanitation protocols to decrease influenza transmission.

At the AASV foundation luncheon, Dr. Kim VanderWaal received a research grant award to continue her work on PRRSV classification to improve disease control and management.

During a session on FAD preparedness, Dr. Marie Culhane defined what a targeted, science-based African Swine Fever surveillance would look like.

Lastly, Brenna Werner, sophomore at the UMN CVM, won the first place in the DVM student poster competition with her work on oral fluids in pen gestation. Congratulations Brenna!

Midwest Veterinarian Earns Top U.S. Swine Award

Antimicrobial resistance in swine and its interconnections to animal welfare and the sustainability of pork operations has fascinated Carissa Odland, DVM, for years. A farm’s performance on these factors can be the difference between profitability and loss. Yet, not enough is known to give producers a reliable recipe for success. Dr. Odland aims to change that.

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USDA NIFA awards Food Animal researchers more than $2.7 million

With the new support, CVM researchers will help animals and producers across the swine industry

The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) recently funded more than $2.7 million worth of research at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). The projects that benefit from this funding will help the food animal agriculture industry maximize production and advance strategies for keeping animals healthy. This recent investment in the CVM’s research represents another milestone in the decades-old relationship the College has with USDA NIFA, which has established a history for furthering food animal agriculture across species and contexts. 

College leadership looks forward to how this new funding, when paired with CVM investigators’ expertise, will further the science that powers animal welfare and food security across the country.

The list of awardees includes Dr. Montse Torremorell and Dr. Noelle Noyes who will work on the elimination airborne viruses from swine barns and antibiotic resistance in swine, respectively. Dr. Jerry Torrison, head of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will launch a new pathology residency program in collaboration with South Dakota State University.

Read more about their projects on the College’s website.

Left to right: Dr. Montse Torremorell, Dr. Jerry Torrison, and Dr. Noelle Noyes

2020 Science in Practice Award Winner: Clayton Johnson

Clayton Johnson, DVM, a partner and veterinarian at Carthage Veterinary Services in Carthage, Ill., will receive the 2020 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award in September. He joins a growing and illustrious list of veterinarians who have received the award, which is presented at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minn.

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