Dr. George Charbonneau was installed as the president of the the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) at the association’s 47th annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, as AASV named its officer team for the year. Charbonneau succeeds Dr. Ron Brodersen who is now immediate past president. Dr. Alex Ramirez has ascended to president-elect. The newly elected vice president is Dr. Scanlon Daniels.

AASV President Dr. George Charbonneau

Charbonneau grew up in Arnprior, Ontario.  He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College and established a veterinary practice serving southwestern Ontario. He is currently a veterinarian at  South West Ontario Veterinary Services and is based in White Lake , Ontario. Dr. Charbonneau has served as the president of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians and the  Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians. He was involved in the formation of and served as the initial chairman of the Ontario Pork Industry Council. He also represented Canadian swine veterinarians as a District Representative on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.  He was the 2012 recipient of the AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year award.

When asked to comment on his thoughts about the future of AASV and his tenure as president, Dr. Charbonneau said, “In 2015, the National Pork Board made a significant investment in the formation of the Swine Health Information Center. The AASV is honored to participate along with our industry partners at NPB and the National Pork Producers Council  in preparing for and responding to emerging diseases. Our AASV members play an important role in managing emerging diseases. The AASV will to provide support to our members in this effort while continuing to be active in managing other issues such as antimicrobial resistance, foreign animal disease, and animal welfare.”

AASV President-Elect Dr. Alex Ramirez

Ramirez grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico.  He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Valley Veterinary Center, a mixed animal practice, in Cherokee, Iowa.  In 2004, he left practice and returned to ISU to pursue a teaching career.  He obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa and concluded a PhD at ISU in 2011.

Dr Ramirez joined AASV in 2002.  He first served as a substitute judge for the student presentations at the AASV Annual Meeting. Shortly thereafter he was asked to co-chair the student oral competitions. He has also co-chaired the Collegiate Activities Committee for the past few years and has served on the Journal of Swine Health and Production Editorial Board since 2010.  He has represented District 6 on the AASV Board of Directors since 2013.

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AASV Vice President Dr. C. Scanlon Daniels

Daniels grew up on a family-owned and -operated livestock enterprise in central Iowa.  He attended Iowa State University where he received a BS degree in Animal Science and DVM degree.  He also has a MBA from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Daniels has been previously employed as a staff veterinarian by Iowa Select Farms and Seaboard Foods.  Currently he and his wife, Dr. Angela Daniels, operate a diversified food animal veterinary practice, laboratory and multi-species contract research organization in Dalhart, Texas. Dr. Daniels has been active in multiple AASV committees and has served on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 7 on two occasions. 

AASV Past President Dr. Ron Brodersen

Brodersen grew up on a livestock farm near Coleridge, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University, where he received a DVM degree, and also attended the University of Illinois EVP program. 

Dr. Brodersen has been providing swine veterinary services in Hartington, Nebraska, since 1990. His veterinary practice recently became a part of Suidae Health & Production. He also owns Whole Hog Genetics. He was active on the Nebraska Pseudorabies Eradication Task Force in the 1990’s.

Dr. Brodersen has been active in the AASV serving on the board of directors, as well as the Pharmaceutical and Boar Stud committees.  He has also served as chairman of the AASV Foundation.  The AASV recognized him as the Swine Practitioner of the Year in 2003.