Featured Speakers

Roy Schultz Lectureship Series

The Roy Schultz Lectureship Series was established through a generous gift by Dr. Roy Schultz (ISU DVM ’60, MS ’81) and his wife, Jan (ISU BA ’59). Roy, an internationally renowned swine practitioner, and Jan have requested that the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine provide high-quality educational opportunities for college faculty and Iowa practitioners to enhance swine practice and the delivery of quality veterinary services to the swine industry. This Lectureship series is designed to facilitate these efforts.

Roy is the embodiment of Iowa State University’s Science with Practice motto. In the face of mounting losses associated with an emerging respiratory disease- Haemophilus pleuropneumonia (now APP), Roy took several years from his practice to characterize the disease, clinical and pathologic lesions, and to investigate control and mitigation strategies that would benefit his clients. In the process, he provided leading edge information on this disease for the research and practice communities.

This year’s Roy Schultz Lectureship speaker is:

Dr. Paul Yeske
Swine Veterinary Herd Health Consultant, Swine Vet Center, P.A.

Few people in the hog industry are as well-known as Paul. With 30+ years of swine veterinary experience, he has gained recognition for his work with disease management and elimination. He also earned two veterinary awards — the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture and Swine Practitioner of the Year.

Today, Paul is a senior member of the veterinary team at the Swine Vet Center (SVC), which includes 15 veterinarians. When he joined the clinic in 1991, only three veterinarians were on staff.

Paul’s interest in pigs and veterinary science started when he was growing up on his family’s diversified farm in southwest Iowa. He remembers working with veterinarians as they treated hogs and other livestock. In high school, he worked in a hog-confinement operation, which sealed his interest in pigs.
He headed to Iowa State University where he stayed until he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. His first job was at a large group practice, until he switched to SVC.

Paul says over the years he has done a little of everything. Most recently, he is known for his work on mycoplasma and its elimination from a sow herd. He enjoys the problem solving involved in making an elimination program fit into a production system.

But really, Paul likes most aspects of his job. “I like working with on-farm research projects and records analysis,” he explained. “Along with the records, I like doing partial budgets and modeling.
“And I do enjoy working with people on the farms, teaching and seeing them grow and understand production better,” he added.

Paul’s wife Lori works in the office at SVC and also as his assistant. They have a son Adam who is attending college. Paul admits he doesn’t have many hobbies, but he does have a draft-horse team and enjoys restoring antique tractors.


Dr. Joel Nerem
DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services

Dr. Joel Nerem joined Pipestone Veterinary Services and Pipestone Management staff in July 2006, and comes with solid swine health experience. The West Union, Iowa, native launched his career at the Postville Veterinary Clinic in Postville, Iowa. He’s a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and earned his DVM at Iowa State University in 1995. Joel and his wife Denise and their children Emily, Hannah, and Maren live in Edgerton, MN.



Dr. Taylor Spronk
DVM, Pipestone Veterinary Services


Dr. Taylor Spronk is a 2020 graduate from the University of Minnesota, where she received her BS and DVM through the VetFAST program. She is originally from Pipestone, MN where she returned to Pipestone Veterinary Services. At Pipestone, Taylor is a practicing vet and works in data analysis on antibiotic use and resistance. Taylor and her husband, Seth, live in Edgerton, MN.