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AASV Foundation Announces Recipient of 2010 Hogg Scholarship

Dr. Eric Neumann, was named the 2010 recipient of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation Hogg Scholarship. The scholarship was presented during the association's annual meeting in Omaha, Neb.

Established in 2008, the scholarship is named for Dr. Alex Hogg who was a leader in swine medicine and pursued a master's degree in veterinary pathology after 20 years in a mixed-animal practice. The scholarship, in the amount of $10,000, is awarded annually to an AASV member who has been accepted into a qualified graduate program to further his or her education after years as a swine practitioner.

"Dr. Neumann is very deserving of the Hogg Scholarship," said Dr. Tom Burkgren. "Like Dr. Hogg, Dr. Neumann was a practitioner who embraced lifelong learning choosing to work in various segments of the pork industry prior to returning to graduate school. Once he has completed his PhD, his past experiences and understanding of the industry will allow him to continue being an excellent resource for pork producers and veterinarians."

Dr. Neumann is a senior lecturer in pig medicine and epidemiology at the EpiCentre at Massey University in New Zealand where he is pursuing a PhD. His research interests involve the development of techniques for disease surveillance that optimizes disease detection at a lower cost. Dr. Neumann also serves as the project manager for the Masters of Veterinary Medicine/Masters of Public Health in Biosecurity at the university.

Previously, Dr. Neumann was Director of Swine Health and Information at the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa, where he interacted with animal health officials, practitioners and university researchers. From 1995 to 2003, he was the Manager of Veterinary Services for Heartland Pork Enterprises, a commercial pig production system.

Active in the AASV since 1989, Dr. Neumann is a member of the Foreign Animal Disease Committee and the Swine Health Committee. He has also served on the Nutrition Committee and the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Subcommittee.

He is the author of numerous scientific papers, books and chapters on disease control and epidemiology. Dr. Neumann is also a frequent guest speaker at veterinary and producer meetings.

He is a member of the American Association of Laboratory Diagnosticians, the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a consultant to AusAID/AusReady, an international disease response organization.

Dr. Neumann received his DVM degree (1992) and MS (1995) in Swine Clinical Medicine from the University of Illinois. He plans to complete his PhD in 2011.