Dr. Wesley Lyons of DeKalb was honored with the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in March.
The award was presented to Dr. Lyons during the 51st Annual Meeting of the AASV in Atlanta, GA. It is given annually to an AASV member five or less years post-graduation who has demonstrated the ideals of exemplary service and proficiency early in their career.
Dr. Lyons received his DVM degree in 2014 from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Lyons moved to Illinois to accept a position with the Pig Improvement Company (PIC) where he focused on genetics.
Dr. Lyons now serves as a Regional Health Director for Pipestone Veterinary Services. He works with pork producers throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. He is also a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
Upon acceptance of the award, Dr. Lyons commented, “I am both humbled and grateful to be selected for this honor. Being a swine veterinarian and being able to work with family farmers has been fulfilling beyond expectation.”
When asked what the future holds for Lyons he stated, “I hope to stay in the swine industry where I can continue to work with farmers to help maintain their livelihoods.”
Photo courtesy of American Association of Swine Veterinarians