Swine Program


Dr. Robert (Bob) Morrison

Portrait of Dr. Robert Morrison A man of the utmost integrity, Bob was a beloved father, husband, uncle, father-in-law, brother-in-law, grandpa and friend. He was honest, hard-working, loyal, open-minded, grateful, genuine and humble. He was a kind man with a gentle soul. He cherished his children and grandchild, and cared endlessly for his wife. Bob was happy as long as his wife Jeanie was by his side; together they traveled the world, were active in their community and church, started a squash scholarship for underserved youth, opened their home to students, and passionately supported their children. Bob had many hobbies including bee-keeping and making "Bob's Other Honey," leatherworking, watching hockey, woodworking, sailing trips with friends, whist, biking and playing squash.

"Dr. Morrison was an international leader in the swine industry," says Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of the college. Bob was hired by the University of Minnesota in 1986 and recently launched the Swine Health Monitoring Project, which provides weekly reports on the health status of over 50% of the U.S. sow herds.  Dr. Morrison also coordinated two internationally-respected swine health management conferences: the St. Paul, MN-based Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and the Leman China Conference in Nanjing, China.  The conferences are named for UM professor Dr. Al Leman, who served as Dr. Morrison's graduate advisor. In China, Dr. Morrison is called "Professor Mo" and is a highly respected swine veterinarian. He started working with Chinese swine producers more than 20 years ago and had made great contributions to the development of the industry. For many in Chinese swine community, he is a teacher, a mentor, and a friend. Leman China will carry forward Dr. Morrison's legacy to improve swine production through providing science-driven solutions TM.

 I hope I have helped and inspired others along their path as others have helped me.

-- Bob Morrison

Dr. Morrison was also a pillar of the swine community here in the United States. In 2016, he was recognized with the prestigious Master of the Pork Industry award by the National Hog Farmer for his dedication to swine producers. At this occasion, Dr. Morrison stated that he was a curious mind, always eager to learn and this is how he will be remembered. Today, the swine community is paying homage to our friend and colleague, to his drive, devotion, and integrity. David Preisler, executive director of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, said Morrison and the other veterinarians involved in the accident are well known in Minnesota and worldwide. “This is a very deep blow to the pork-producing community on a number of levels,” Preisler said. “Professionally and personally, all of them are fantastic people.”

Tribute in the press:

Bob Morrison's legacy

University of Minnesota, swine industry mourn loss of Bob Morrison

Well-known U vet among 3 Minnesotans killed in Czech Republic crash

Dr. Carlos Pijoan

Portrait of Dr. Carlos Pijoan Researcher, Clinician, Teacher, Mentor, and Lifelong Learner, the founding director of the Swine Disease Eradication Center, Dr. Carlos Pijoan was recruited to the University of Minnesota in 1982 after emerging as an international leader in swine health research in his native Mexico. He is recognized worldwide for his contributions to knowledge of swine respiratory disease, and his work on the influence of swine production systems on the dynamics of microorganisms such as PRRS virus, Haemophilus parasuis, Streptococcus suis, and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae.

Dr. Pijoan received his veterinary degree from the National University of Mexico in 1969 and his Ph.D. from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in 1973. In 1982, he joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was the founder and director of the Swine Disease Eradication Center and a professor in the Veterinary Population Medicine department. Dr. Pijoan oversaw the professional development of numerous graduate students from around the world, many of whom have made significant contributions to the swine industry. His many honors and awards included the Norden Teaching Excellence Award in 1991, the Mark of Excellence Award in 2001, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 2002, and Best Teacher awards in 1999, 2000, and 2001. Dr. Pijoan died on Jan. 9, 2007, after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Carlos truly touched uncountable lives, both personally and professionally, throughout the global swine and research communities.


Dr. Allen D. Leman

Portrait of Allen Leman holding two piglets Throughout his career, Dr. Leman worked to define the link between swine disease and swine production. Al understood how a university could influence practitioners and empower them to be leaders for the swine industry.

In 1974 Dr. Allen D. Leman, a new University of Minnesota Extension veterinarian, and Dr. Jim Hanson, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s continuing education program, initiated this conference to present new information and discuss issues important to the swine industry. Al understood how a university could influence practitioners and empower them to be leaders for the swine industry. This conference for Minnesota practitioners began in a small lecture hall on the St. Paul Campus and has evolved into the multisession, international meeting it is today.

Al left the University of Minnesota in 1986. After his death in 1992, the swine conference for veterinarians and producers was renamed in his honor.  The swine faculty continues to provide the leadership in developing this program and remains committed to Al’s vision of excellence.