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ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Names Recipient of 2009 Science with Practice Award

November 10, 2009
Dr. Jim McKean, ISU Extension Veterinarian, (515) 294-8792
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602


Craig J. Rowles, DVM, received the Science with Practice Award from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The award, presented at the 17th Annual Swine Diseases Conference in Ames, Iowa, on November 5-6, recognizes exemplary integration of science and the art of veterinary practice to benefit swine productivity and welfare.
In presenting the award to Dr. Rowles, Jim McKean, DVM, conference chair and ISU extension veterinarian said: “Craig has exemplified the use of science in his pork production and swine practice activities since graduation. He has regularly integrated new disease control and production information for the benefit of clients and partners alike.”
Dr. Rowles is a partner and the general manager of Elite Pork Partnership, LLP – an 8,000 farrow-to-finish swine operation that produces 150,000 hogs annually. Dr. Rowles has been with the operation, located near Carroll, Iowa, since 1996. Before joining Elite Pork, he practiced large animal veterinary medicine for 14 years at Carroll Veterinary Clinic, where he worked with both large and small pork producers.
Dr. Rowles is active in many industry-related organizations. He is a member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, where he currently serves on its Swine Research Committee, and the National Pork Producers Council. He is a past advisory boardmember of the Iowa Pork Industry Center, which works to promote efficient pork production technologies, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development.
Active in international and national veterinary organizations, Dr. Rowles has been a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians since 1982. He also serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Environmental Issues Committee.
In 1982, Craig earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.
The name of the award, Science with Practice, is from the language of the university seal which emphasizes infusing science into the practice of all university disciplines.