Four veterinarians talk about gilt acclimation: programs they put in place, how the immune status is measured and special management scenarios for introducing those gilts into the main herd.
PIC USA. United States
Dr. Andrea Pitkin, DVM, MS is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine (2011) and Graduate School (2009). She did her master's work on PRRSv biosecurity, researching routes of viral transmission and intervention strategies. Currently, Dr. Pitkin is with PIC as a Health Assurance Veterinarian, overseeing health of multiplication herds in the US. She, and her husband Paul, live in South Dakota with their three boys.
Updated CV 11-Jun-2018
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