Dr. Locke Karriker has been elected to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Board of Directors, representing district 6 (Iowa). Karriker is an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine and director of the Swine Medicine Education Center at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the holder of the Dr. Douglas and Ann Gustafson Professorship for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Karriker will serve a three-year term, filling the position vacated by Dr. Alex Ramirez (ISU) who was recently elected AASV vice president.
Karriker came to ISU in 2003, after spending four years at Seaboard Farms, Inc., as a production veterinarian.
Karriker has been very active in the swine industry throughout his career. In 2014, he received the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions and service to the association and swine industry. In 2011, he also gave the prestigious Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Karriker is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at state and national veterinary and producer conferences.
Karriker received his DVM (1999) and MS (2000) from Mississippi State University. In 2009, he graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
A native of North Carolina, Karriker was raised on a family farm. He later attended the University of North Carolina, earning a BS in biology.