AASV fills the gaps for up-and-coming swine veterinarians

Murray encouraged the veterinary community to engage with these students as they are often armed with new ideas and the ability to see things on the farm, without any preconceived ideas or historic baggage.

 

Ann Hess, National Hog Farmer 

Mar 11, 2019

 

Several years ago, Deborah Murray had the privilege to judge the student poster competition at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians [AASV] annual meeting. During that event, the Veterinary Services manager for New Fashion Pork met a young man who explained that his research project involved trying to get a farm to change their biosecurity practices in the farrowing house. He had swabbed all the fomites and equipment where he thought there was potential for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus spread, only to get negative results.

 

Then he noticed employees tossing tails and testicles on the floor and thought maybe he should test those for PRRSV, and low and behold some of those tested positive. That student’s curiosity instigated a system change. It’s now common practice to collect those parts while piglets are being processed and many farms and producers have gone one step further, collecting processing fluids for multiple pathogens.

 

“What do we have in the end, we have the processing fluids that we do testing on, but where did that really all begin?” Murray says. “That began from an idea from a student, so our students have been great assets for us.”

 

During her presentation “Today’s swine veterinarian: Challenges and opportunities for the future” at the AASV 50th anniversary event, Murray encouraged the veterinary community to engage with these students as they are often armed with new ideas and the ability to see things on the farm, without any preconceived ideas or historic baggage. After all, their thoughts and comments could be invaluable at improving or even recreating procedures.

 

How does the industry retain this young talent? ...

 

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