Abilene veterinarian Lisa Tokach is the 2013 recipient of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award, which was presented by Zoetis at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference hosted by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn.
Tokach did her pre-vet education at North Dakota State University and received her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. She works at the Abilene Animal Hospital in Abilene, where she and a team of vets focus on eliminating or controlling animal diseases by helping their clients utilize science and research to keep their pigs healthy and operate profitable farming operations.
Tokach has previously been honored for her work by being named the Swine Practitioner of the Year by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in 2008.
"I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award and to be a part of the swine community," said Tokach. "I enjoy going to work each day, and I am grateful for all the opportunities the swine industry has presented to me."
Serving the swine industry
Tokach has served the industry through her involvement on the AASV board of directors, where she served as president in 2002. She also recently completed a term as the swine representation for the AASV and her entire team works closely with veterinary student interns to help them gain valuable experience.
"Through her years of involvement and dedication to better the swine industry, Dr. Tokach certainly is deserving of this award," said Dr. Shelley Stanford, Director, U.S. Pork Technical Services. "I have no doubt Dr. Tokach will continue to have a lasting impression on the future of the swine industry."
The 2013 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award is named after the former University of Minnesota veterinarian who dedicated his career to improvements in swine production and the education of practicing veterinarians. After his death in 1992, the annual conference that he co-founded was named in his honor.