Dr Murray Receives 2016 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award

26 September 2016, at 12:00am

US - Deborah Murray, DVM, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. Zoetis presented the award to Dr Murray at the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference which is hosted by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The award is given annually to a veterinarian who is dedicated to research and applies scientific knowledge to help improve the pork industry.

As the Veterinary Services manager for New Fashion Pork in Jackson, Minn., Dr Murray oversees the health and wellness of nearly 59,000 sows. With operations in six states, New Fashion Pork markets nearly 1.4 million pigs per year.

When it comes to treatment protocols, vaccination programs and troubleshooting illness on the farm, Dr Murray takes a science-based approach to finding solutions.

“One of the most rewarding things about veterinary medicine for me is problem-solving,” Dr Murray said.

“When you’re able to pinpoint health issues among the herd and incorporate research to find solutions to those problems, you’re increasing the overall health of the herd and making progress in the pork industry.”

Dr Murray has been helping make progress in the pork industry since 2006 when she graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also received her certificate in swine medicine. She earned the AASV Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year award in 2012 and completed the Executive Veterinary Program earlier this year.

“Because of her dedication to improve swine health and production along with her commitment to research, we’re pleased to honor Dr Murray with this award,” said Michael Kuhn, DVM, MBA, director, US Pork Technical Services, Zoetis.

“I am confident that Dr Murray will continue to positively influence the pork industry with her innovative thinking and passion for pig health.”

The Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award is named after a former University of Minnesota veterinarian who dedicated his career to improving the pork industry and the education of practicing veterinarians. After Dr Leman’s death in 1992, the annual conference that he co-founded was named in his honor.

Over the past 20 years, this award has been given to some of the most accomplished veterinary leaders in the swine industry. As part of the ongoing Zoetis Commitment to Veterinarians™, this award helps signify the company’s support of and investment in recognizing leaders and promoting the future of the veterinary profession.