Swine Program

The University of Minnesota remembers Dr. Robert Morrison

Portrait of Dr. Robert Morrison The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is mourning the death of Dr. Robert (Bob) Morrison, a faculty member in its Department of Veterinary Population Medicine.  Dr. Morrison, his wife and several companions were involved in an auto accident north of Prague in the Czech Republic.  They were traveling prior to attending a swine health management conference in Prague.  "Dr. Morrison was an international leader in the swine industry," says Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of the college. "This is a tragic loss for the strong team of students and faculty that Bob helped us build.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morrison family."

Dr. Morrison 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

Chinese translation

Chinese translation

明尼苏达大学兽医学院为罗伯特.莫里森博士的逝世感到哀痛. 罗伯特是兽医群体医学系的一名教授. 他和他的妻子以及其他几位同伴在去捷克共和国布拉格北部参加养猪

健康管理会议的途中遭遇一起交通事故, 罗伯特博士不幸逝世. 兽医学院院长特雷弗·艾姆斯博士说, “莫里森博士是养猪行业的国际领导人物, 他的逝世对我们团队来说是很大的损失. 我们的思念和祈祷伴随着莫里森博士的家人.”

莫里森博士是1986年入职明尼苏达大学, 并在近期开始猪健康监控项目. 这个项目要求每周给全美国超过50%的母猪群进行健康报告. 此外, 莫里森博士还领导和协调两个国际认可的猪健康管理会议: 明尼苏达州圣保罗的李曼会议和李曼中国. 这两个会议是以明尼苏达大学李曼教授命名的, 他是莫里森博士的博士导师。

莫里森博士在中国是深受大家尊重的养猪兽医,被称为“莫教授”。他20多年前开始与中国养猪企业合作,为中国养猪行业的发展做出很大贡献。对很多养猪业人士, 莫教授是老师、导师、又是朋友。李曼中国将继续传承莫教授的为养猪业提供科学为本的解决方案的精神和理念。