Clayton Johnson Named 2020 Science in Practice Award Winner

( Provided by Clayton Johnson )

Clayton Johnson, DVM, a partner and veterinarian at Carthage Veterinary Services in Carthage, Ill., will receive the 2020 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award in September. This award is presented at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minn.

Johnson’s international reputation is built upon a foundation of creating bio-economic models of PRRSv and PEDv management strategies, according to the award release. He’s a sought-after consultant when it comes to training and developing veterinarians. His international presence —particularly in China and SE Asia—is highly respected when companies seek to expand or improve their production processes.

Sound science is key to revealing the causes of perplexing production issues, Johnson said.

“I love getting to the root cause by stripping away confounding information,” he explained in the release. “Walking the line between the perfection of the laboratory and the practicality of commercial production is the sweet spot for me.” 

Johnson is well-known for his expertise in a number of areas, from PRRS control and eradication options to transport biosecurity to wise use of diagnostic laboratory results.

“For more than 20 years this award has honored veterinarians like Clayton who are accomplished leaders of our swine industry,” Montse Torremorell, DVM, PhD, and professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota, said in the release. “We are excited to recognize him and to have Zoetis supporting this award.”

He is an outstanding ambassador for integrating science into the practice of veterinary medicine, Lucina Galina Pantoja, DVM, PhD and director of pork technical services at Zoetis, said in the release. “We salute his long record of innovation and tireless pursuit of solutions that improve swine health around the world.” 

Johnson completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008 at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, he joined The Maschhoffs, LLC, serving in a variety of roles. In 2016, he began working for Carthage Veterinary Services. Licensed to practice in five states, he provides leadership to Carthage’s 11-member team of swine veterinarians. He also focuses on improving the practice’s audit processes and data collection efforts. Johnson and his wife, Ali, have two children.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, conference organizers said they are expecting to deliver the conference online in September. More information will be forthcoming, the release noted.

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