Dr. Ron White received the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award during the association’s 50th Annual Meeting on March 11th in Orlando, Fla. Established in 2008, the award recognizes swine industry veterinarians who have demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in delivery of veterinary service to their companies and their clients, as well as given tirelessly in service to the AASV and the swine industry.
Originally from Osceola, Iowa, White helped many farmers in his area, including one who raised timber pasture pigs. He first became interested in science, livestock, and veterinary medicine by growing up on an acreage, raising 4-H projects, and helping a local famer gather, process, and sort pigs. White received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1990, and completed the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) at the University of Illinois in 1998.
Beginning his career in mixed animal practice as an associate and owner, White joined Solvay Animal Health as a technical services veterinarian specializing in swine medicine in 1994. He then joined Fort Dodge Animal Health as the Swine Unit Business manager and served as Senior Swine Research Manager. In 2005, He then joined Iowa Select farms as Director of Biosecurity and Health before joining Pfizer Animal Health in 2008. White currently serves as Group Director, International Diagnostic Medicine for Zoetis. He has served on a variety of AASV committees, and chaired the AASV Foundation golf outing for many years. Recognizing the importance of student encouragement and inclusion at meetings, White has also reviewed student presentations.
He has presented information on livestock health and production at numerous international and regional meetings. He thoroughly enjoys meeting new veterinarians and producers, understanding different production systems, and investigating methods to improve herd health and production through improved use of diagnostics, and credits the inclusiveness of AASV with providing the connectivity to many contacts.
"I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award. AASV has been a large part of my professional career providing education and interaction at meetings with swine veterinarians from around the world. I would like to thank the AASV membership, my family for their support, and my colleagues for the fantastic technical support network," he said.
White and his wife, Sue, reside in Ames, Iowa, and have two sons, Brady and Trevor.
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