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ISU Veterinarian Receives Howard Dunne Memorial Award from the AASV

March 10, 2009

Dr. Kent Schwartz, VDPAM, (515) 294-1177
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602

Dr. Kent J. Schwartz was honored with the 2009 Howard Dunne Memorial Award by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. The award, presented at the association’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, recognizes an AASV member who has made important contributions and provided outstanding service to the association and the swine industry.

“Dr. Schwartz has been an invaluable resource to swine veterinarians, the pork industry and the AASV,” said Dr. Tom Burkgren, executive director of the AASV.  “His willingness to share insights and knowledge in the area of diagnostics by providing continuing education to veterinarians and producers has greatly benefited the industry.”

Since 1989, Dr. Schwartz has been a veterinary diagnostician at Iowa State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Each year he reviews 2,500 submissions from veterinarians, providing test results interpretation and consultation. He also instructs and mentors fourth-year veterinary students, conducts field investigations and research, and continuing education.

As part of his outreach and service to the pork industry, Dr. Schwartz has published numerous audio/visual educational materials including an AASV necropsy guide and video, the Swine Disease Manual, and a Purdue Pork Industry Handbook. He has authored over 75 articles and proceedings papers in veterinary and producer publications. Dr. Schwartz is a frequent guest speaker at local, state, national and international meetings on swine health and production. He is also a principal investigator on numerous research projects on swine health and diseases.

Prior to joining the staff at Iowa State University, Dr. Schwartz was the research director for Team Associates in Story City, Iowa, where he provided study design and implementation plans and final investigator reports for commercial companies and other agencies until 2005.

After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Schwartz was a mixed-animal practitioner in Iowa and a feedlot consultant serving clients in Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, and Arizona.  

Dr. Schwartz is a district director representing Iowa on the AASV Board of Directors, and is a member of the AASV Swine Health Committee. His professional memberships also include the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Academy of Veterinary Consultants, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Schwartz received his DVM (1978) and MS (1987) degrees from Iowa State University.

Dr. Schwartz and his wife, Audrey, who is also a veterinarian, and five children reside in Gilbert, Iowa.