The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) honored five members for their contributions to the association and the swine industry. Dr. Butch Baker, 2009 AASV president, presented the awards at the association’s annual meeting March 4 in San Diego, CA.
Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award: Dr. Amber Stricker
Dr. Stricker is a 2008 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received a Masters in Veterinary Microbiology in 2007 also from Iowa State University. She grew up on a farm near St. Ansgar, Iowa where her family raised corn, soybeans, cattle and pigs. She was interested in agriculture at an early age and excelled in 4-H and FFA. She had her own cow/calf herd and market hogs and showed them at the county and state fair.
Dr. Stricker is a partner and practicing veterinarian at Suidae Health and Production, a seven-veterinarian swine-exclusive practice based out of Algona, IA.
Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award: Dr. Brad Thacker
Dr. Thacker was recognized for his years of service as the Senior Technical Services Specialist for Merck Animal Health during the 2013 AASV Annual Meeting. In his position, Dr. Thacker’s responsibilities include providing technical support for Merck products and the company’s sales force. Swine producers he works with commented on his skill at mentoring recent veterinary graduates and educating farm employees.
Dr. Thacker received his DVM (1978), MS (1982) and PhD (1985) from the University of Minnesota. He later earned an MBA (2002) at Iowa State University. He was in private practice in Fairmont and New Ulm, MN before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1983. In 1994 he accepted an Associate Professorship in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He joined the technical team at Merck (then Intervet Schering-Plough) in 2002.
Dr. Thacker has authored numerous publications in scientific journals and book chapters. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and continuing education seminars worldwide. He is also a frequent author in producer and lay publications and a highly sought-after presenter at educational seminars for producer groups.
Howard Dunne Memorial Award: Dr. Jeff Zimmerman
The Howard Dunne Memorial Award recognizes an AASV member who has made important contributions and provided outstanding service to the association and the swine industry. Dr. Zimmerman received his DVM (1984), MS in Veterinary Preventive Medicine (1986) and PhD in Veterinary Microbiology (1990) from Iowa State Univerity. He is currently Professor of Disease EcologyintheDepartment of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.