Trevisan Digs Deep into Disease Surveillance Data

( Giovani Trevisan )

Meet Giovani Trevisan, our latest addition to Farm Journal's PORK's Up & Coming Leaders feature. We are showcasing some of the fresh, new voices of the pork industry who combine innovative thought and work ethic with scientific savvy and a passion to make a difference. 

Age: 35
Hometown: Xavantina, Brazil
Education: DVM, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil; MBA, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil; pursuing doctorate in population sciences in animal health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Q. What is your background in the swine industry?
I grew up on a small farm where we had a finishing barn. I was always fascinated by piglets and loved to help my parents work with the animals and watch them grow up. The swine production motivated me to pursue a veterinary career. Veterinary school provided the science perspective to pursue swine-related career.

Q. Did you pursue any internships? 
During veterinary school, I enrolled in an internship with The Ohio Program and spent a few months in North Carolina with the Smithfield/Murphy Brown LLC breeding farms. 

Q. Did you take part in undergraduate research?
In Brazil, it is possible to go straight to a 5-year veterinary program. I took that path and did not have undergraduate research experience. 

Q. What other learning opportunities have you been involved in?
After I received my DVM degree in 2009, I joined Seara Alimentos/JBS, Brazil, from 2010 to 2017. At Seara, I provided veterinary assistance and technical support for swine producers. As part of my duties, I worked with breeding, nursery, finishing, boar stud and multiplier farms, gaining experience and interacting with producers. 

Q. Tell us about your current research. 
I am developing and validating methods for disease surveillance at a big-picture level using veterinary diagnostic laboratory (VDL) data, and at the farm level. I am coordinating the Swine Disease Reporting System (SDRS), a collaborative work between four major swine-centric VDLs, and funded by the Swine Health Information Center. SDRS allows producers and veterinarians to perform benchmark comparison between their individual datasets with the aggregated results. SDRS applies algorithms to identify and detect abnormal patterns of those agents, generating alert signals early to inform swine producers and veterinarians. On a farm level, I am evaluating strategies of population-based sampling methods, including processing fluids and oral fluids, to surveil and monitor porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). The studies investigate the practical use of processing fluid to monitor PRRSV in herds undergoing virus elimination and to classify weekly batches of piglets according to PRRSV statuses. Ultimately, we hope to develop strategies to help minimize the impact of this virus. 

Q. How can the swine industry better connect and draw in young people to a swine industry career?
Keeping the doors open for internships and motivating students to attend swine conferences are great ways to bring in young people. Many students don’t know what swine producers do, having a taste of it will increase their interest in pursuing a career in this area. 

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