Sign up now!
Don't show this again
Download the report!Continue to Site >
or wait 7 secs

Thank you for confirming your subscription!

(And remember, if ever you want to change your email preferences or unsubscribe, just click on the links at the bottom of any email.)

We’re glad you’re enjoying Pig Health Today.
Access is free but you’ll need to register to view more content.
Already registered? Sign In
Tap to download the app


Collect articles and features into your own report to read later, print or share with others

Create a New Report


Read Later

Create a new report

Report title (required) Brief description (optional)
follow us

You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Favorites Read Later My Reports PHT Special Reports
Pig Health Today is equipped with some amazing (and free) tools for organizing and sharing content, as well as creating your own magazines and special reports. To access them, please register today.
Sponsored by Zoetis

Pig Health Today | Sponsored by Zoetis

Featured Video Play Icon

Losing family swine herd to disease turned this farmhand into a veterinarian

As a child, when the swine disease pseudorabies (Aujeszky’s disease) forced his father to sell all the family’s pigs and start over, Andrew Bents got the calling to become a swine veterinarian.

Today, he understands that weather conditions including fog, high winds and even thawing roads help contribute to the spread of swine disease, as he explains in a  video produced as part of the Vets on Call series.

“It starts with biosecurity,” explains Bents, now a veterinarian with the Veterinary Medical Center in Worthington, Minn.

“Clean hands, clean hair and clean clothes help ensure that we’re not tracking disease from the outside into the barn,” he adds as he showers upon arrival at a nursery barn.

Checking the nursery pigs’ health status, Bents pauses to give a pig the “nose-to-tail assessment,” pointing out its nasal discharge, “hay fever”-looking eyes, drooping ears and rough hair coat. He recognizes an acute case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) and administers the appropriate antibiotic treatment.

“In our quest to reduce antibiotics and take care of disease, we’re really being aggressive about diagnosing disease before it gets out of hand in the entire herd,” he explains.

After observing all the pigs in the barn, Bents stops to check the detailed treatment log kept on every animal receiving antibiotics. The log ensures that no animals are sold before the withdrawal time of the antibiotic is met.

“I know the care that producers take to make sure that if the animal is treated, it’s not going to market until we’re absolutely positive that the treatment has been metabolized and exhausted from the body,” he stressed.


Vets on Call is a video series presented by Zoetis to showcase the important roles veterinarians play in food-animal production.


Posted on May 19, 2017

tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Share It
It’s not unrealistic to say that if you checked the nasal cavities or tonsils of any group of pigs, you would find Strep suis. While the strain and impact can vary widely, this commensal bacterium is on virtually every hog farm.

Click an icon to share this information with your industry contacts.
Google Translate is provided on this website as a reference tool. However, Poultry Health Today and its sponsor and affiliates do not guarantee in any way the accuracy of the translated content and are not responsible for any event resulting from the use of the translation provided by Google. By choosing a language other than English from the Google Translate menu, the user agrees to withhold all liability and/or damage that may occur to the user by depending on or using the translation by Google.