Speakers

Dr. Grant Allison
DVM, Walcott Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Allison is a 1984 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2009 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program Certificate in Swine Health Management from the University of Illinois. After spending his first year in South Dakota, he has been in clinical practice in Walcott since 1985. In his spare time, Dr. Allison enjoys reading about pigs and running road races up to 13.2 miles. His favorite race is the Flying Pig Half Marathon.

 

 


Dr. Marcelo Almeida
Iowa State University

Marcelo Almeida received his DVM degree from the University of Brasil in 2003, a Masters Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine by the Federal University of State of Rio Grande do Sul in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Population Sciences in Animal Health from the Iowa State University. Marcelo has been working with the swine industry for the last 18 years with roles in a vertically integrated pork producer, genetic supplier, and pharmaceutical company. Marcelo is currently a clinical assistant professor and swine diagnostician at the ISU-VDL.

 


Dr. Justin Brown
Assistant Teaching Professor
Iowa State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department

Dr. Justin Brown is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Iowa State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department. Dr. Brown earned his DVM in 2016 from the University of Georgia. Dr. Brown joined the ISU faculty in 2019 following his time as a post-doctoral research associate with the Swine Medicine Education Center. Dr. Brown teaches swine medicine topics in both the undergraduate and professional curriculums, serves as the lead veterinarian for the ISU swine farms, and conducts research focused on collaborative, applied projects in swine production medicine, disease ecology, and foreign animal disease preparedness and response.

 


Dr. Scott Dee
Director of Applied Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services

Scott Dee earned a DVM, MS, and PhD from the University of Minnesota, is board-certified in veterinary microbiology, and past President of the AASV. After 12 years in both swine practice and academia, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services as Director of Applied Research. He has been awarded > 12 M in research funding and published 167 peer reviewed papers, including the initial publications on the proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed and the transboundary survival of ASFV in feed. He received the AASV Practitioner of the Year and Howard Dunne Memorial awards, the Leman Science in Practice award, a Warrior Chip from the FBI, and is a Master of the US Pork Industry

 


Dr. Kate Dion
Veterinarian and Animal Well-Being/Quality Assurance Manager, HANOR Company

Dr. Kate Dion received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2011. After graduation she joined the HANOR Company as a Veterinarian and Animal Well-Being/Quality Assurance Manager. Her responsibilities include heath management, overseeing the Hanor Animal Well-being and Quality Assurance program, Hanor Diagnostic Lab, and the Hanor health research program. She completed the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management at the University of Illinois in 2016 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Population Sciences in Animal Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

 


Dr. Laura Greiner
Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Dr. Laura Greiner is an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University where she spends 50% of her time teaching undergraduate students about swine production, 25% of her time conducting research and 25% of her time in extension programs. She currently has 4 graduate students with her main research focused around gilt and sow development and reproduction associated with nutrition and disease. Prior to starting at Iowa State University three years ago, she spent 13 years at Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions where she served as the Director of Research and a Nutrition Director. While there, she oversaw a research program that had 6,000 sow research spaces, 4,800 wean to finish spaces and a private Biosafety level 2 facility while working with various swine producers on their nutrition programs. She is passionate about the nutrition of the reproductive female and also educating the next generation of animal scientists.

 

 


Dr. Derald Holtkamp
Professor, Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University

Dr. Derald Holtkamp is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, U.S.). He received his DVM, MS in Agricultural Economics, and BS in Agricultural Business with a minor in statistics all from Iowa State University. Prior to joining Iowa State, he was a private veterinary consultant. He has also served as a technical services veterinarian for ADViSYS Inc., Vice President of Swine Applications for MetaFarms Inc., Director of Pork Development for E-Markets, Inc., and as a veterinarian and service manager for Smithfield Foods in Warsaw, North Carolina. Dr. Holtkamp’s research focuses on managing infectious swine diseases, biosecurity, disease risk assessment, and the economics of animal health and disease. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, is a frequent speaker in the U.S. and internationally with over 230 invited presentations, and has mentored over 260 professional and graduate students.

 


Dr. Jeff Kaisand
Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agricultures & Land Stewardship

Dr. Jeff Kaisand graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 with a BS in Animal Science in 1989. He was in a private mixed practice from 1993 to 2000, worked for a large swine company from 2000 to 2013 and started with IDALS in 2013. Dr. Kaisand is currently the State Veterinarian for Iowa. He served as Assistant State Veterinarian for six years and was an integral part of the state’s response to the Avian Influenza outbreak in 2015.

 

 


Dr. Wesley Lyons
Health and Production Consultant for Family-owned Farms, Pipestone Veterinary Services

Dr. Wesley Lyons received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his father, Dr. Chuck Lyons, before joining Pig Improvement Company as a Health Assurance Veterinarian. He joined the Pipestone Veterinary Services team in March 2016. Wesley oversees the health for Pipestone’s multiplication herd as well as other managed herds. He serves as a health and production consultant for family-owned farms across the Midwest, but focuses primarily in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.

 

 


Dr. Darin Madson
Head of Veterinary Services, JBS Live Pork

Dr. Madson is Head of Veterinary Services for JBS Live Pork and works with a wonderful team of veterinarians to oversee the health for 170,000 sows worth of production in eight states in North America. Prior to this position, he was an associate professor and veterinary diagnostician at Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for 13 years. He revived my D.V.M. degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004 and PhD in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University 2009.

 

 


Dr. Rodger Main
Director, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Rodger Main is a Professor and Director of the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL). Rodger is also serving as the Principal Investigator of a highly collaborative USDA sponsored US Swine Health Improvement Plan pilot project endeavor.

Prior to coming to the ISU VDL in 2009, Dr. Main served as the Director of Production Systems for Smithfield’s Hog Production Operations located throughout the Midwest and Western US, where he had worked since graduating veterinary school in 1996.

 

 


Dr. Deb Murray
Veterinarian, New Fashion Pork

Deborah Murray, graduated in 2006 with her DVM from the University of Minnesota. Out of school practiced at a Mixed Animal veterinary clinic and then New Fashion Pork starting in 2007-present. Her past awards include Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year in 2012 from AASV and Leman Science in Practice award in 2016.

 

 

 


Henry Osemeke
Iowa State University

Henry obtained his DVM in 2014 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. After which he worked at the State Veterinary Clinic, FCT Abuja as a resident clinician for the compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps program.

After that, Henry worked in a private clinic for about 2 years before joining the National Veterinary Research Institute, Nigeria as a Veterinary Research Officer. First working some months in the Viral vaccine production unit and then transferred to the Viral research unit of the institute. In this research unit, he did on-field and in-laboratory research studies on PPR, Newcastle disease, Small ruminant Pox viruses, Avian influenza, Monkey pox, FMD and ASF, in collaboration with different international bodies.

Henry joined the lab of Dr Daniel Linhares at VDPAM, ISU as a graduate research assistant in Spring of 2020.


Dr. Igor Paploski
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota

Currently Dr. Paploski is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his DVM in 2010 at the Parana Federal University, Brazil, and his Masters in Epidemiology in 2013 at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. Also, he obtained his PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health Epidemiology in 2017 at the Federal University of Bahia. Dr. Paploski’s interests are on the epidemiology of infectious diseases affecting human or animal populations, and his current research focuses on understanding the transmission and evolution of PRRSv and PEDv affecting swine herds in the U.S.

 


Dr. Chris Rademacher
Conference Chair, ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference
Clinical Professor and ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Chris Rademacher is a Clinical Professor and ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) department at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rademacher is also Associate Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University. Dr. Rademacher received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Following graduation, he joined New Fashion Pork as Director of Health Services. In 2009 he joined Murphy-Brown Western Operations (Smithfield Foods) as the Director of Production Improvement. In December, 2014 he accepted the position of Swine Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University. He has led programming efforts in Common Swine Industry Audit, VFD antibiotic regulations and most recently Foreign Animal Disease Producer Preparation for the Iowa Pork Industry Center as well as research on strategic antibiotic use, PEDV, PRRS and Senecavirus A.

 


Dr. Brett Ramirez
Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University

Dr. Ramirez’s research and extension program encompasses swine and poultry production systems with a primary focus on: ventilation systems, natural resource and energy efficiency, animal energetics, environmental control, and precision livestock farming. Through mentoring students on fundamental and applied research projects, his program further aims to generate practical solutions to current and emerging issues surrounding animal agriculture and its producers.
He received his BS and MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Brett then completed his PhD at Iowa State University in late 2017 and transitioned to his current position as an assistant professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

 

 


Dr. Jason Ross
Professor, Iowa State University
Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, Lloyd Anderson Endowed Professor in Physiology

Dr. Jason Ross is the Lloyd L. Anderson Endowed Professor in Physiology in the department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree at Iowa State University in 2000, a Master of Science (2003) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) degree at Oklahoma State. Jason joined the Animal Science department at Iowa State University in August, 2008 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. In October, 2015, Jason became the Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center with responsibilities in research, administration and extension. Jason’s research program focuses on using both basic and applied research approaches to help enable livestock producers and associated industries improve swine production efficiency.

 

 


Dr. Giovani Trevisan
PostDoc Trainee, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department at Iowa State University

Dr. Trevisan earned his DVM degree from Santa Catarina State University, Brazil, 2009; an MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, 2013; and a Ph.D. in Population Sciences in Animal Health from Iowa State University, 2020. Currently, Dr. Trevisan is a PostDoc Trainee at Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department at Iowa State University, where he conducts works with an emphasis on veterinary diagnostic data and field applied epidemiological research to generate information to support stakeholders in making informed decisions on disease management and control.