Dr. Christopher Rademacher joined the faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the Swine Extension Veterinarian in December. He joins Dr. Jan Shearer, dairy, and Dr. Grant Dewell, beef, on the ISU Extension and Outreach veterinarian team. Shearer and Dewell are also Iowa State faculty.
Rademacher is internationally renowned for his experience and expertise in evidence-based swine production medicine. He grew up on a swine farm in Minnesota and went on to earn his undergraduate and veterinary degrees from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, he served as the director of health strategies for New Fashion Pork, where he oversaw the animal health program for more than 1 million market pigs. Rademacher was recruited to join Western Operations of Murphy-Brown in 2009, where he served as director of production improvement for 330,000 sows and 7 million market pigs per year and most recently worked with the MBMO division in Princeton, Mo.
“We are extremely pleased to have one of the most progressive young swine veterinarians in the United States joining our faculty," said Dr. Pat Halbur, chair of the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine. "Rademacher’s international experience in swine production medicine and applied clinical research will make him a highly sought out and valued resource for swine veterinarians and pork producers.”
As the Swine Extension veterinarian, Rademacher will continue his focus and interest in using research methodologies to answer specific health and production questions and disseminate that information broadly to swine veterinarians and pork producers to continuously improve pork production in the U.S.
“I am indeed humbled and honored to be joining the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and its internationally recognized swine veterinary program,” Rademacher said. “I am looking forward to serving swine producers and veterinarians and assisting them in improving the health, welfare and productivity of the animals they care for.”