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Veterinary Medicine – Swine Extension is dedicated to assisting pork producers and veterinarians to provide the highest quality production and management skill sets, control and where practicable, to eradicate swine diseases and to provide advice on development and implementation of animal welfare and quality assurance practices at the farm level.

Dr. James McKean has been Iowa State University Swine Extension Veterinarian for over three decades. During this period substantive changes in pork production and consumer demands have occurred. Swine Extension’s role has been to understand these changes, their health and welfare implications, and to generate appropriate educational programs for producers and veterinary practitioners. Dr. McKean has maintained a research focus in production site-abattoir interactions for food safety organisms, particularly Salmonella, Trichinella and Toxoplasma. Over the past decade, this work has demonstrated the impact of abattoir antemortem pens in Salmonella control for pork production, assisted in the development of a production site-based national certification program for Trichinella, and generated information to better understand the prevalence and production risk factors in Toxoplasma infections of swine. He has interest in the development of economically viable disease reporting and surveillance mechanisms utilizing market-based methods to capture and report disease testing data. This data capture system has been utilized in the successful pseudorabies (PRV) national eradication program and may be instrumental in future swine disease eradication and quality certification programs. Dr. McKean has been active in the development of the National Pork Board Pork Quality Assurance program (PQA) since its inception in 1989. He has assisted in the development of the Swine Welfare Assurance Program (SWAP) and the merging of both efforts into the current PQAPlus certification program.
Dr. McKean is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA), National Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians (NAFHV), Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), and as member and past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). He is an active member on a number of state and national swine-related committees for veterinary medical and swine producer organizations. In addition he has been a member of a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee on dioxins in food supply and currently serves on a NAS Committee for Phase II, Ranking FDA Product Categories Based on Health Consequences and New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) evaluation panel for PRRS risk assessment.

Dr. James McKean

James McKean
University Professor
Swine, Zoonotic Diseases, Food Safety, Disease Control and Eradication, Animal  Traceability, Disease  Surveillance


Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
2412 Lloyd Vet Med
Iowa State University
Ames, IA  50011

Ph: 515-294-3837
Fax: 515-294-1072