AASV 2019 Officers Ready to Serve Swine Industry

(l to r) Dr. Nathan Wineklman, president; Dr. Jeffrey Harker, president-elect; Dr. Mary Battrell, vice president; and Dr. C. Scanlon Daniels, immediate past president. ( AASV )

Source: American Association of Swine Veterinarians

Dr. Nathan Winkelman was installed as the president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians on March 12, during the association’s 50th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. He succeeds Dr. C. Scanlon Daniels, who is now immediate past president. Dr. Jeffrey Harker has ascended to president-elect. The newly elected vice president is Dr. Mary Battrell.

Winkelman was raised on a diversified crop and livestock farm near St James, Minn. He received a bachelor's degree in animal science and DVM from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, he joined a swine-exclusive veterinary practice in Morris, Minn., with Drs. Rod Johnson and Tony Scheiber. Currently, he is a partner with Dr. Adam Mueller in Swine Services Unlimited, Inc., a swine research and consulting practice in Rice, Minn. He has served on the AASV Board of Directors and currently sits on the AASV Foundation Board. In addition, Winkelman is an active participant in the AASV/National Pork Board Operation Main Street project giving presentations to various groups to raise awareness about modern pork production. 

When asked to comment on his thoughts about the future of AASV and his tenure as president, Winkelman said, “We have just celebrated 50 years of AASV progress and may well see as much technological change, swine disease control and elimination, and progress into the next half century as in the last. I’m proud to represent a group of swine veterinarians dedicated to improving the health and welfare of their clients’ pigs. Strong AASV leadership will work diligently with our allied industry partners and affiliated organizations on our current challenges and opportunities facing the global and domestic swine industry. Heightened awareness regarding transboundary disease prevention, preparedness in case of a foreign animal disease outbreak, and improving market access for ag exports are issues front and center. Please let us know your concerns and how we can serve you better at any time. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve as your AASV president.”

Harker grew up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in south central Indiana. After graduating from Purdue in 1994, he 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. Harker has served on the AASV Board of Directors, has represented AASV in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates, and has served on the AASV Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He has also been involved with the National Pork Board’s Operation Main Street program since it began several years ago. 

Battrell was born and raised on a diversified crop and livestock family farm in Albany, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University followed by a master’s degree in animal science with a focus in ruminant nutrition from the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, she moved to Iowa and worked as a sales representative for the Upjohn Company. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in swine production medicine from Iowa State University in 1995. She began her veterinary career in North Carolina working for Dr. Fred Cunningham, Brown’s of Carolina, and Pharmacia as a technical services veterinarian. Since 2000, she has worked for Smithfield Hog Production, where she is currently the staff veterinarian for Smithfield Hog Production’s East Central Region and is responsible for the health and well-being of 140,000 sows farrow-to-finish. She has been actively involved in the development of the Smithfield Animal Care Program and their Contingency Plan for a Foreign Animal Disease. She was the 2018 recipient of the AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year award. 

"I am grateful for the opportunity to become more involved in the continued success of this association," Battrell said. "AASV has so many talented members and allies. I am confident that working together we will accomplish great things for our pigs, producers and this association.”

She and her husband, Wayne Banks, reside in Garland, N.C., with their son Don.

Daniels grew up on a family owned and operated livestock enterprise in central Iowa. He attended Iowa State University where he received a BS in animal science and a DVM in 1998. He also has an MBA from the University of Guelph. He has been previously employed as a staff veterinarian by Iowa Select Farms and Seaboard Foods. Currently, he operates a diversified food animal veterinary practice, laboratory, and multi-species contract research organization in Dalhart, Texas. Daniels has been active in multiple AASV committees and has served on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 7 on two occasions.

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