American Association of Swine Veterinarians Installs 2020 Officers


Source: AASV

via FarmJournal's Pork - March 17, 2020


Jeffrey Harker, DVM, was named president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) on March 10 during the association’s 51st Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. He succeeds Nathan Winkelman, who is now immediate past president. Mary Battrell has ascended to president-elect. The newly elected vice president is Michael Senn.


Harker (Purdue ’94) grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm near Waldron, Ind. Active in 4-H and FFA as a youth, he received his American Farmer degree from FFA in 1989. Since graduation from veterinary school, Harker has worked exclusively in swine practice. He first joined Max Rodibaugh at Swine Health Services as an associate veterinarian and then became a partner in 2001. Their practice (now AMVC Swine Health Services) is dedicated to swine and serves a very diverse swine clientele ranging from small show pig herds to contract growers in integrated production. Harker has served on the AASV Board of Directors, has represented AASV in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates, has served on the AASV Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and was the Indiana Pork Producers Association president. Harker has also been involved with the National Pork Board’s Operation Main Street program since it began several years ago. He was the 2017 recipient of the AASV Meritorious Service Award. He lives in rural Clinton County, Indiana, with his wife Traci and the younger two of their four children; their older two daughters live nearby each with daughters of their own.


“I am looking forward to working with the AASV Board, members, and staff on solving the challenges as they arise over the next year," Harker said. "Considering the current poor market situation along with the increased threat of foreign animal disease, the AASV will need to continue to provide the best scientific information to the swine industry. I hope that I can help maintain AASV’s past success in navigating through these challenges."


Battrell (ISU ’95) was born and raised on a diversified crop and livestock family farm in Albany, Ohio. She began her veterinary career in North Carolina working for Fred Cunningham, Brown’s of Carolina, and Pharmacia as a technical services veterinarian. Since 2000, she has worked for Smithfield Hog Production, where she is currently the staff veterinarian for Smithfield Hog Production’s Central Region and is responsible for the health and well-being of 92,000 sows farrow-to-finish. She has been actively involved in the development of the Smithfield Animal Care Program and their Contingency Plan for a Foreign Animal Disease. Battrell has served on the AASV Pig Welfare and Pharmaceutical Issues Committees and was the 2018 recipient of the AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year Award...