The FASS New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award, which is similar to a lifetime achievement award, was awarded to Patience during a conference of animal science societies in Orlando, FL. A committee of FASS members selected Patience for the honor, and it was presented by Rick Bonander of Adisseo on behalf of AFIA.

This is the 68th year AFIA has presented the Nutrition Research Awards, and the 12th consecutive year the organization has sponsored the FASS award. The purpose of the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award is to stimulate, acknowledge and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to animal nutrition. The award recipient must demonstrate outstanding and innovative contributions to nutrition research concerning animals that benefit mankind and/or the nutritional value of food from animals.

Patience's research focuses specifically on swine nutrition in the areas of energy metabolism, ingredient evaluation, feeding and management in the nursery and finishing barns, and provides Extension support to the Iowa pork industry.


"John's expertise and accomplishments in swine nutrition have greatly impacted the industry in the continual process to understand pig health and digestion," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. "He is dedicated to the field and well known in the industry; an ideal recipient for the award."

In 2008, Patience received AFIA's Non-Ruminant Nutrition Research Award presented with the American Society of Animal Science. He has earned numerous other industry awards including two prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards, one with Alberta Pork Congress in 2008 and the other with Saskatchewan Pork Development Board in 2007. He is also involved with the American Society of Nutrition, American Society of Animal Science, Canadian Society of Animal Science, Canadian Society of Nutritional Sciences and other professional affiliations.

Patience earned his bachelor's degree in animal science and master's degree in animal nutrition from the University of Guelph. He later earned his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University.