Morrison Swine Innovator Prize: Calling on veterinary students to demonstrate problem-solving skills

Students present clinical cases and problem-solving capabilities needed in day-to-day veterinary practice
calendar icon 30 May 2024
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Do you have a student working with you this summer? Encourage them to share their work at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference to win the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!

The Morrison Swine Innovator Prize honors the legacy of Dr. Bob Morrison by inspiring DVM students to pursue work that matters for the swine industry and in doing so, to follow his mantra of “Learn. Teach. Have fun.” It is part of a suite of initiatives the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine is launching to serve the needs of tomorrow’s swine industry.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference includes a session for veterinary students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills through the presentation of a case or experience where students challenged their clinical training and problem-solving capabilities necessary for day-to-day practice. Creativity and originality in the support and delivery are encouraged.

Interested students should submit their application to enter in the selection to present at the DVM student session at the Leman Conference. Submissions should be uploaded at by end of day August 15, 2024.

The session will take place in-person during the afternoon of Sunday, September 22 at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and will include presentations from the veterinary student finalists. Invited students will receive a $1,000 stipend and free admission to the Leman Swine Conference.

Goals of the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize

  • To honor Dr. Morrison’s legacy of doing work that matters for the swine industry and his mantra by inspiring innovative thinking and problem solving among veterinary students
  • To expose DVM students to the swine industry to encourage them to specialize in swine
  • To provide opportunities for the next generation of swine veterinary leaders to network with producers, veterinary clinics, allied industry, and among each other
  • To provide companies and veterinary practices with a platform to demonstrate their leadership in the industry and their commitment to education and innovation

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Zhitnitskiy at [email protected]. For more information about the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize visit

Sarah Mikesell


Sarah Mikesell grew up on a five-generation family farming operation in Ohio, USA, where her family still farms. She feels extraordinarily lucky to get to do what she loves - write about livestock and crop agriculture. You can find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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