Peter Davies, BVS, PhD, an expert in swine epidemiology and production, has been named to the Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The Australian native, who held the Chair in Public Health and Food Safety at the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand, will join the University of Minnesota on Aug. 1.

Established in 1995, the Leman Chair is widely considered a world-renown faculty position on swine medicine. Faculty who hold the position are expected to act as a catalyst for innovation and change within the U of M swine faculty and the swine industry overall.

“Davies is a respected world expert in swine epidemiology, especially focusing on Salmonella infections in pigs and pork,” says Jeff Klausner, DVM, and dean of the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine. “He also brings extensive production medicine and international agricultural experience that will be invaluable to the swine industry.”

Davies holds a bachelor of veterinary science degree from Melbourne University and a PhD in reproductive physiology from the University of Sydney. His career includes work as a veterinary practitioner in Australia and the United Kingdom, an agricultural livestock and public health advisor in Brazil, and a veterinary research officer and senior veterinary officer specializing in swine in Australia.

He also has worked as a research associate in swine health at the Uuniversity of Minnesota, and spent five years as an assistant and associate professor of swine medicine at North Carolina State University.

“Given his varied experiences with public health and animal-food production issues, he also will add value to the work of the U of M’s new Center for Animal Health and Food Safety.”says Trevor Ames, DVM, MS, chair, Department of Clinical and Population Sciences.

Davies will join the U of M's Department of Clinical and Population Sciences full time and serve as a full professor. The Leman Chair was established in 1995 to honor the career of U of M faculty member, Allen Leman, DVM, PhD, and is one of only two endowed chairs in the CVM. Davies is the second person to hold the position.    

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