Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year

Given annually to the technical services or allied industry veterinarian who has demonstrated an unusual degree of proficiency and effectiveness in delivery of veterinary service to his/her company and its clients as well as given tirelessly in service to the AASV and the swine industry.

Dr Jerome Geiger is AASV's 2020 Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year.

Jer Geiger is the product of a small family farm near Alhambra, Illinois. In addition to six children, the farm also raised purebred Durocs and Holsteins. Involved in selling breeding stock all his life, a career in veterinary medicine seemed like a natural evolution for Dr Geiger.

With two bachelor of science, a master of science, and a doctor of veterinary medicine all from the University of Illinois, Dr Geiger is currently a Health Assurance Veterinarian for PIC North America and resides in Tennessee.

Dr Geiger worked as a private veterinary practitioner for eight years, but since then has served small producers, large producers, and corporate pork production systems. He has consulted in more than 20 countries around the globe.

Described by peers and mentees as a true servant leader, Dr Geiger has provided decades of service to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). He represented District 10 on the AASV Board of Directors, volunteered as a member of the Program Planning Committee for three annual meetings, served as a member of the Swine Welfare Committee, and chaired the ad hoc Audit Committee. He represented AASV on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Welfare Committee and helped draft the AVMA euthanasia guidelines as a member of the AVMA’s Panel on Euthanasia Food and Fiber Animals Working Group.

With each day’s motivation to both learn and teach, Dr Geiger instilled his mantra to many students and early career veterinarians: “What do pigs need? Feed, water, air, and comfort!”

Upon acceptance of the award, Dr Geiger commented, “This would not happen without the support of a global health team and my family. It means a great deal to us; we are grateful for the recognition.”

Dr Geiger considers his greatest accomplishment to be his family—his wife Becky, daughter Rachael, son Nick, and Nick’s wife Kaitlynn.

Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award recipients:

2008   Robert Desrosiers
2009   Alan Scheidt
2010   Reid Philips
2011   Dale Polson
2012   Brad Gramm
2013   Brad Thacker
2014   Darrell Neuberger
2015   Kerry Keffaber
2016   Bob Thompson
2017   Thomas Wetzell
2018   Eugene Nemechek
2019   Ron White
2020   Jerome Geiger