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Boehringer Ingelheim Adds Vets to Swine Division

by 5m Editor
3 November 2009, at 8:22am

US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) announced the following additions to the technical resources and professional services veterinarian teams of its swine division.

Laura Batista, DVM, PhD, has joined BIVI as a knowledge manager in technical resources and is a member of the company’s Area Solutions Team (AST).

Dr. Batista received her DVM in Mexico and PhD from the University of Minnesota. After completing her graduate work, she joined the faculty at the University of Montreal and most recently was with the Centre de Developpement du Porc du Quebec, Inc. Dr. Batista has extensive experience in applied swine disease research and production management, having managed area-regional PRRS control projects in Mexico and Canada. She is will be located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to Dr. Dale Polson, technical resources director, Dr. Batista brings extensive knowledge of PRRS management and area-regional control research to Boehringer Ingelheim. “Dr. Batista will be a tremendous resource to veterinarians and customers as we continue to build our Area Solutions Team,” says Dr. Polson. “She, along with the rest of the BI Area Solutions Team, will collaborate with our field sales, technical team and professional service veterinarians, as well external veterinarians and researchers, to develop effective new products and procedures that will help producers and veterinarians manage PRRS.”

In addition, Alan Hertz, DVM, has joined the BIVI swine division as corporate technical trainee for the professional services veterinary team as part of a two-year technical training position. Previously, Dr. Hertz was with Advanced Veterinary Services in Walcott, Indiana. He received his DVM from Iowa State University and recently completed the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois. He will be based at the BIVI Health Management Center in Ames, Iowa, during his initial part of the corporate technical training program.

Dr. Tyler Holck, director of swine technical services for BIVI, says Dr. Hertz’s extensive swine health and production experience make him an ideal candidate for this technical training program. “This technical program immerses the veterinarian in all facets of the swine division’s product research and professional services business. Dr. Hertz’s participation will be of great benefit to the program.”