posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in Swine Health Services News
Dr. Jeffrey Harker was installed as president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) on March 10, 2020, during the association’s 51st Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. He succeeds Dr Nathan Winkelman, who is now immediate past president. Dr Mary Battrell has ascended to president-elect. The newly elected vice president is Dr. Michael Senn.
AASV President Dr. Jeffrey Harker (Purdue ’94) grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm near Waldron, Indiana. Active in 4-H and FFA as a youth, he received his American Farmer degree from FFA in 1989. Since graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Harker has worked exclusively in swine practice. He first joined Dr. Max Rodibaugh at Swine Health Services as an associate veterinarian and then became a partner in 2001. Their practice (now AMVC Swine Health Services) is dedicated to swine and serves a very diverse swine clientele ranging from small show pig herds to contract growers in integrated production. Dr. Harker has served on the AASV Board of Directors, has represented AASV in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates, has served on the AASV Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and was the Indiana Pork Producers Association president. Dr. Harker has also been involved with the National Pork Board’s Operation Main Street program since it began several years ago. Dr. Harker was the 2017 recipient of the AASV Meritorious Service Award. He lives in rural Clinton County, Indiana, with his wife Traci and the younger two of their four children; their older two daughters live nearby each with daughters of their own.
When asked to comment on his thoughts about the future of AASV and his tenure as president, Dr. Harker said, “I am looking forward to working with the AASV Board, members, and staff on solving the challenges as they arise over the next year. Considering the current poor market situation along with the increased threat of foreign animal disease, the AASV will need to continue to provide the best scientific information to the swine industry. I hope that I can help maintain AASV’s past success in navigating through these challenges.”
Article credit: Abbey Canon, AASV
Photo Credit: Tina Smith
Pictured: AASV officers (left to right), Dr. Jeff Harker(President), Dr. Mary Battrell (President-elect), Dr. Mike Senn (Vice-president) and Dr. Nate Winkelman (Past President)
- our team