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Connor Earns Illinois Pork's Distinguished Service Award
Illinois Ag Connection - 02/12/2020

Joseph F. Connor, D.V.M., M.S., Carthage, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA). As a dedicated veterinarian, mentor and promoter of the pork industry, the decision to award him with this title was effortless. Dr. Connor is founder of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. in Carthage.

He grew up on a mixed livestock farm in central Illinois, before obtaining his D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1976 and establishing a practice in west central Illinois where he and his family reside today. He obtained a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and completed the Executive Veterinary Program in 2009 with the University of Illinois.

Dr. Connor has been a leader in many technologies including segregated production, wean-to-finish technology, positive pressure filtration, and disease elimination. Also, he is a well-known presenter and has given over 400 presentations, including many internationally. He has published numerous articles and coauthored the book Pig Health published in 2018.

"We are very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable individual advocating for the pork industry," states Jennifer Tirey, IPPA Executive Director. "His continued dedication to his profession and his willingness to push the envelope has led the way for advancements in herd health and animal disease prevention across the country."

Dr. Connor grew up on a mixed livestock farm in central Illinois. He obtained his D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1976 and established a practice in west central Illinois where he and his family reside today. He obtained a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and completed the Executive Veterinary Program in 2009 with the University of Illinois. Dr. Connor has been a leader in many technologies including segregated production, wean-to-finish technology, positive pressure filtration, and disease elimination.

He has served on numerous committees both at the state and national level. Dr. Connor is a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians' Committee on Transboundary and Emerging Disease. He also serves as a member of the Campaign Executive Committee for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He was recognized as a member of the PIC Hall of Fame in 2016, and received the Master's Award from The National Hog Farmer in 2009, the Leman Science in Practice Award in 2004 from the University of Minnesota, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Swine Practitioner of the Year Award in 1995 from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. In 2008, he was presented the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Illinois and was awarded with the "First" Honorary Member of the Japanese Association of Swine Veterinarians (JASV).

Dr. Connor is a much-sought presenter and has given over 400 presentations including many international presentations. He presented the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture and Alex Hogg Lecture at AASV. He was also a presenter of the Allen D. Leman Hanson Lecture in 2005. He has published numerous articles and coauthored the book Pig Health published in 2018.

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