Dr. David Madsen (left) consulting with a client at a swine confinement unit.
Accepting the president's gavel Feb 27 at the AASV business breakfast for members, Dr. David Madsen of Shelby, Neb, said, "This is the most self-perpetuating association I've ever had any experience with. It's member-driven, it always rises above the occasion."
Dr. Madsen praised the AASV's "wonderful group of young veterinarians" and said he sees a strong future for the association. As president he will be a torchbearer for animal welfare and the need to rely on science when making medical decisions. He shares his plans and insights in the AASV report beginning on page 1241.
The AASV's current delegate to the AVMA, Dr. Madsen has a history of service to the swine association. He has been a member of the boards of directors for the AASV and its foundation, and has chaired the AASV Public Relations Committee.
A Nebraska native, Dr. Madsen grew up in Indiana and in 1969 graduated from Purdue University. For eight years he worked in Illinois, predominantly in swine practice. Moving to Missouri, he set up an AI stud service for a purebred breeder, freezing boar semen and working from the breeder's basement. After a few more years back in Indiana and then Missouri, he was invited by his original partner from Illinois to join him doing strictly swine work in his new practice in Nebraska, bringing Dr. Madsen full circle. Dr. Madsen is certified in Swine Health Management by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He also earned an Executive Veterinary Program Certificate in Swine Health Management from the University of Illinois. This program helps progressive swine veterinarians enhance their business, management, and medical skills.