The American Association of Swine Veterinarian’s Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Wesley Lyons of DeKalb during the 51st AASV Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
The award 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 his or her career.
From Paris, Tennessee, Lyons grew up in a mixed-animal veterinary life. The son of a mixed-animal veterinarian, Lyons knew early on that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Showing Romagnola beef cattle across the United States, showing livestock in 4-H and FFA, and serving as the Tennessee State FFA treasurer helped to shape his life and career.
Lyons received a bachelor of science in animal science (2010) and his doctor of veterinary medicine (2014) from the University of Tennessee. A member of the Pipestone Veterinary Services team since 2016, he is the regional health director and oversees health and production recommendations for managed sow herds in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
An emerging leader in swine health and production, Lyons has served on the National Pork Board’s Animal Welfare Committee since 2015, participated in the National Pork Producers Council Veterinary Public Policy and Advocacy Program, served as a member of the 2019 Pig Welfare Symposium planning committee, and completed the Illinois Pork Producers Association’s Future Leaders Program.
During October 2019, Dr. Lyons shared his story of pork production and delivered the historic 10,000th Operation Mainstreet presentation to nurses at the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Fall Forum in Rockford.
Dr Lyons has been an AASV member since 2011 when he joined as a student. He continues to serve the organization in leadership roles, first as a member of the AASV Swine Health Committee and now vice-chair of the Committee on Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. He has a special interest in pig welfare and survivability.
Lyons lives in DeKalb with his husband, Preston.