Dr. Lisa Tokach
Dr. Robert Desrosiers
Dr. Greg Stevenson
Dr. Christa Irwin
Dr. Jason Kelly
Dr. Sandy Amass
Dr. Roy Schultz
Dr. Harry Rozmiarek
During its annual meeting, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians honored six members for contributions to the association and swine industry—and awarded a new scholarship for graduate study.
Dr. Lisa Tokach (MIN '90) is the Swine Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Tokach is a mixed animal practitioner, focusing on swine population medicine, at Abilene Animal Hospital in Kansas. She is president of Kansas Swine Alliance Inc., a management company that promotes interdependence among small Kansas producers. She also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jason Kelly (PUR '03) received recognition as the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Kelly is a swine practitioner and managing partner at Suidae Health and Production in Iowa, a swine-exclusive practice. He is the chair of the AASV Student Recruitment Committee and has served as an adviser and member of the AASV planning committee for the annual meeting.
Dr. Robert Desrosiers (MON '79) received recognition as the AASV's first Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Desrosiers is a technical services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Canada. He recently served on a task force developing a five-year plan to improve the health of Quebec's swine herds. He is a member of the AASV Swine Health Committee.
Dr. Sandy Amass (PUR '93) received the Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Amass is a professor at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has served as a lead reviewer on the editorial board of the Journal of Swine Health and Production and managing editor of the AASV's e-Letter. She was co-chair of the AASV Collegiate Activities Committee and a member of the AASV Communications Committee.
Dr. Greg Stevenson (ISU '79) received the Howard Dunne Memorial Award. Last year, Dr. Stevenson retired from Purdue University as head of pathology at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. He is pursuing a second career in ministry. Before joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. Stevenson taught veterinary pathology at Iowa State University. From 1985-1987, he was vice president of production and research for NOBL Laboratories in Iowa. He previously worked in mixed animal and swine practice.
Dr. Roy Schultz (ISU '60) received the AASV Foundation Heritage Award. Dr. Schultz is a charter member and past president of the AASV. Since 1998, he has worked as a swine consultant for U.S. and international clients. He started out in mixed animal practice in Avoca, Iowa, but later devoted his career to swine medicine. His research on Haemophilus pleuropneumoniae and Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae garnered him expert status on the bacteria.
Dr. Christa Irwin (KSU '98) received the first AASV Foundation Hogg Scholarship. The $12,000 scholarship is for an AASV member who enters graduate study after years in practice. Dr. Irwin is an adjunct instructor at the Iowa State University Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. She is pursuing a master's degree in veterinary preventive medicine. She serves on the AASV Foreign Animal Disease, Animal Welfare, and Swine Health committees.