Veterinarian from Western Canada wins top US swine award

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Dr. Brockhoff joins a growing and illustrious list of veterinarians who have received the award presented at the annual Allen D Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to Dr. Brockoff is evidence-based medicine a “must have” for pork production. “Your previous knowledge and your gut feeling are good starting points,” explains Brockhoff, “but we have to test them.” He also advocates an integrative, team-based approach to the application of science. “We need to involve producers in our questions and work with universities to ensure that our study design and methods lead to usable results.” Brockhoff says the most important thing is to keep projects simple – don’t expect to have all of your questions answered in one study.

When he was able to hire or mentor new doctors at Prairie Swine Health Services, Dr. Brockhoff helped them complete a science project within the first 90 days. “It could be a health-oriented study or something to do with behavior or work. It’s about realizing the value of constant testing and refinement early in your career. “

“For more than 20 years, this award has honored veterinarians like Egan who are leaders in our swine industry,” said Montse Torremorell, DVM, PhD and professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Veterinary Population Medicine. “We are very pleased to recognize him and to have the support of Zoetis in this award.”

“Dr. Brockhoff is an outstanding ambassador for the integration of science into the practice of veterinary medicine, ”says Lucina Galina, DVM, PhD and head of the pork technical service at Zoetis. “We appreciate his many years of innovative strength and his tireless pursuit of solutions to improve pig health.” Zoetis sponsors the reception of this year’s Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, where Brockhoff is honored. Zoetis is the world’s leading animal health company, offering an innovative portfolio and pipeline of drugs, vaccines, diagnostics and technologies for the care of farm animals and pets.

Brockhoff received his PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He began providing advisory services to pigs in Southeast Asia in 2010 with a focus on veterinary training, disease management and control, and improving biosecurity capabilities. Egan has taught swine medicine in the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. He has held numerous professional and industry leading positions, including serving as President of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. His passion for farming and helping farmers and agribusiness brought him to the Canadian Pork Council in 2014, where he continues to serve as the organization’s veterinary advisor. In 2020, he received the CVMA’s Merck Veterinary Award for Food Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Brockhoff will receive his award on September 20th at the annual Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul. The conference is the industry’s premier health and production management conference and will take place as a hybrid event in 2021, offering both personal and virtual registrations. Please see the Leman conference website for details.