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Almond Honored for Service to Swine Industry, Education

Glen Almond, professor of swine health and production management at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the 2020 Howard Dunne Memorial Award from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

The award, handed out during the AASV’s annual meeting in Atlanta, recognizes Almond’s important contributions to the swine veterinary medicine and outstanding service to the association and the swine industry.

The AASV cited Almond’s commitment to education and student mentoring as perhaps his most notable contribution. At the CVM, he advises veterinary students interested in swine health and research. Almond also mentors summer interns, international students and graduate students. Students he has mentored significantly impact the swine industry across the United States.

“Perhaps the most important individuals who contributed to my career are my current and past students,” said Almond in a statement. “Their success is my success. I am genuinely proud of their success and contributions to the AASV and the pork industry.”

Glen Almond with the 2020 Howard Dunne Memorial Award from the AASV.

Almond joined the CVM in 1987 as a graduate research assistant while completing his Ph.D. in reproductive physiology and immunology from NC State. He earned his DVM and master’s degree from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and practiced food animal medicine in Alberta, Canada, before pursuing his Ph.D.

In addition to teaching, Almond is a prodigious researcher, authoring numerous swine health journal articles, scientific abstracts and textbook chapters. Among other activities, he has served on the National Pork Board’s welfare committee and the Journal of Swine Health and Production editorial board.

CVM students also had a strong showing at the AASV meeting. Sabra McCallister and Zoe Wolfe, both of the Class of 2022, received the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation/Merck Animal Health Veterinary Scholarship.

McCallister and Wolfe are among just 10 winners of the $5,000 scholarship that supports second- and third-year veterinary students in North and South America. McCallister and the Class of 2021’s Jamie Madigan also received a $2,500 scholarship for seminar presentations. 

Also at the AASV meeting, 2016 CVM graduate Laura Carroll received the AASV Member Student Debt Relief Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship goes to recent veterinary graduates engaged in swine practice.

Carroll is a veterinarian at Four Star Veterinary Service in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, where she oversees health on a variety of swine farms and works with wide-ranging clientele, including show pigs, niche-market farms and pet pigs.

The CVM has a history of AASV recognition. Since 2016, eight other CVM students have won the AASV/Merck scholarship. In 2015, Megan Inskeep, a 2010 CVM graduate was named Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year by the organization.

~Jordan Bartel/NC State Veterinary Medicine