Dr. Michael Senn was named president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians on March 1, at the 53rd annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. He succeeds Dr. Mary Battrell, who is now Past President. Dr. William Hollis became president-elect. The newly elected Vice President is Dr. Angela Baysinger.
President of ASV Dr Michael Senn (KSU ’91) was involved in farming as a youth and grew up on a diverse livestock and crop farm in Kansas, where he continues as the fourth generation involved in farming. Dr. Senn credits his involvement with 4-H and the FFA in his youth to his passion for volunteerism and leadership. He has served the AASV with two terms on the board, as a committee member, as chair of the foreign animal disease committee, and as a student presentation judge. During his career he has worked as a mixed animal practitioner, swine production veterinarian and technical services veterinarian, providing product technical support and focusing on clinical research, antimicrobial resistance surveillance, regulation of antibiotics and surveillance of emerging infectious diseases. He continues to work as an independent consultant. Senn lives in Newton, Kansas with his wife, Stephanie, and children Annika and Jakob.
“Through the challenges that we have all faced in recent years,” Senn said. “I am impressed with the continued focus and tenacity of the members to continue fulfilling the mission of the AASV. Looking forward, it is important to continue to recruit new members through student mentorship and professional development for new graduates, while creating a welcoming and inclusive experience for all members.
AASV President-Elect Dr. William Hollis (Illinois ’96) is currently a Partner and Veterinarian with Carthage Veterinary Service and is President of Professional Swine Management, Carthage’s swine services management company. Dr. Hollis was named AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year in 2019. He is a pork quality assurance advisor and a member of the National Pork Producers Council Animal Health Food Safety Policy Committee and swine health from the National Pork Board. He has served on the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates representing AASV and the AASV Board of Directors representing District 5. Hollis is an active participant in the National Pork Board Operation Main Street program, giving local presentations to raise awareness of modern pig production. .
AASV Vice President, Dr. Angela Baysinger (Missouri ’92) grew up on a cattle and grain farm near Martinsburg. She is currently responsible for animal welfare in North America for all species for Merck Animal Health. Dr. Baysinger completed her undergraduate studies in animal science and her doctorate in veterinary medicine (1992) at the University of Missouri. She earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, she completed an MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law in December 2021 from the University of Edinburgh, partially funded by the AASV Alex Hogg Memorial Scholarship, which she was awarded in 2018 Baysinger was honored with the AASV. Meritorious Service Award in 2021. She has served on several AASV committees as a member and president and on the AASV Board of Directors representing District 8. She has represented the AASV on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Clinical Practitioner Advisory Committee, the AVMA Council on Biologics and Therapeutic Agents, the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). Additionally, she has served as a member of the National Pork Board and North American Meat Institute welfare committees. Finally, she is co-chair of the recently created National Institute for Animal Agriculture Sustainability Council.
“I am honored to extend my service to AASV and the pork industry as Vice President,” Baysinger said. “The opportunity to work with AASV members is exciting and I look forward to the challenges.”
Baysinger lives near Bruning, Neb. with his family.
Past President of the AASV, Dr. Mary Battrell (ISU ’95) has worked for Smithfield Hog Production since 2000, where she is currently a veterinarian for Smithfield Hog Production’s Central Region and is responsible for the health and welfare of 92,000 sows from birth to finish. She was actively involved in the development of the Smithfield Animal Care Program and its exotic animal disease contingency plan. Dr. Battrell has served on the AASV Swine Welfare and Pharmaceutical Issues Committees and was the 2018 recipient of the AASV Swine Practitioner of the Year Award.