The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) honored five members for their contributions to the association and the swine industry. Dr. Paul Ruen, 2010 AASV president, presented the awards at the association’s annual meeting March 3 in Dallas, TX.
Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award
The American Association of Swine Veterinarian’s Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Aaron Lower. It is given annually to an AASV member five or less years post-graduation who has demonstrated the ideals of exemplary service and proficiency early in his or her career.
Dr Lower is a 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. Raised in Lanark, IL on a livestock farm, this background heavily influenced his desire to work with livestock producers. Following graduation, Lower joined Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. in Carthage, IL. This swine practice allows him to provide health, diagnostic, production, and research support to his clients throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.
He is a member of AASV, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He has been active within the AASV association, as he won the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2007 AASV Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL and served as the first Student Delegate to the AASV Board of Directors that same year. He has also served on the AASV Student Recruitment and Influenza Committees.
He has given a number of presentations at national meetings including AASV, the ISU Swine Disease Conference and the Leman Swine Conference. He is in partnership with his family in livestock production at home, while also maintaining his role as a partner in Carthage Veterinary practice. He is noted for his emphasis on client communications and expanding his international consulting opportunities with clients in Asia.
At acceptance of the award, Dr. Lower noted, “the swine industry and specifically AASV have provided abundant opportunities and mentors to develop the key skills needed in swine veterinary medicine. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of these influences on my life and career.”
Dr. Lower resides in White Heath, IL with his wife Roberta.
Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award
Dr Darrell Neuberger received the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award. Established in 2008, the award recognizes swine industry veterinarians who have demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in delivery of veterinary service to their companies and their clients as well as given tirelessly in service to the AASV and the swine industry.