Davies wins AASV’s 2019 Howard Dunne Memorial Award

April 8, 2019

Peter Davies, PhD, professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine recently received the 2019 Howard Dunne Memorial Award, which recognizes an American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) member who has made important contributions and provided outstanding service to the association and the swine industry.

Davies received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honors from the University of Melbourne in 1975, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 1983. He has practiced as a clinical veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. From 1984 to 1986, he worked as a livestock advisor on an agricultural and community health project for small farmers in the northeast of Brazil. In 1987, recognizing the importance of veterinary expertise and specialty with life balance, he became involved in swine research as a senior veterinary officer for the South Australia Department of Agriculture. He was recruited from the South Australia Department of Agriculture to work at the University of Minnesota in 1991.

Davies has educated veterinary students in swine health and production, epidemiology, and food safety at North Carolina State University, Massey University in New Zealand, and the University of Minnesota, where he was the Allen D. Leman Chair of Swine Health and Productivity from 2003 to 2009. Davies has facilitated lifelong learning opportunities for practitioners, including a peer group program, Epidemiological Skills for Swine Practitioners. Davies and the current Leman Chair, Cesar Corzo, DVM, MS, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, are collaborating to create an updated iteration of that program to commence later in 2019.

Davies has served on several National Pork Board and AASV committees, has provided leadership for AASV and Leman Swine conferences, and has regularly been an invited speaker at international meetings on swine health and pork safety. He was a member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Research Center in Veterinary Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark from 2000 to 2007, serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and is on the editorial board for the Merck Veterinary Manual.

Davies has an extensive body of research and publications in swine health, antimicrobial use and resistance, and zoonotic and food-borne pathogens. He is now in the midst of a 5-year study of infectious disease risks at the human-swine interface, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

"I am humbled and honored to have my name added to the list of Howard Dunne Award recipients — a list of AASV icons, mentors, and friends who have served and guided the swine veterinary community through the years,” Davies says. “I am indebted to countless colleagues who have educated me along the way, and to the AASV for including me in its culture of exchanging experiences and lifelong learning—every conversation is an education!"