Harry Snelson, DVM, is the National Pork Producers Council new science and technology director. He will work in NPPC’s Washington Public Policy Center.

“NPPC is expanding its Washington public-policy team, and Snelson will be
responsible for supporting council's programs and policies,” says Kirk Ferrell, NPPC vice president of public policy. “He will be a key resource for a cross-section of science and technology issues facing the U.S. pork industry. Harry brings a unique set of skills and experiences to NPPC that will greatly complement our aggressive legislative, regulatory and international trade achievements.”

Snelson graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He was as a swine veterinarian for Carroll’s Foods in Warsaw, N.C. until September 2000, at which time he joined Schering-Plough Animal Health as manager of swine technical services.

During his career, Snelson has been active in issues involving the veterinary profession and the pork industry. He was appointed to the North Carolina Pseudorabies Virus Task Force in 1997 and served as the Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee until eradication was completed in 2000. He also was selected as one of five swine practitioners to attend foreign animal disease diagnostician training at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in 2000. He subsequently spent a month working in Wales during the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom. Snelson has served on the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Board of Directors since 1999, and chaired the AASV Foreign Animal Disease Committee for two years. He is also an active member of the U.S. Animal Health Association and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture where he is vice-chair of NIAA's Animal Production Food Safety and Security Committee. In 2003, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the State Animal Response Team and selected to serve on the North Carolina Pork Council’s Education and Communication Committee.