An easily performed vehicle traffic analysis can dramatically minimize the risk of cross contamination into your swine facility decreasing potential disease challenges.
PIC Europe. Spain
Tim originates from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He studied veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Ontario. After graduating in 1992, he joined a swine specialty practice (Sheridan and Heuser Swine Health Services) in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. In 1995, he started Heartland Swine Health Veterinary Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1998, when he went on to lead the health assurance program for Cotswold in both Canada and USA. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Elite Swine and Maple Leaf Foods as a team veterinarian in their production system. During his years with Elite Swine and Maple Leaf Foods, he was a member of a team of 4 veterinarians. He was responsible for providing veterinary services in eastern Manitoba and southern Ontario which included 65,000 sows in total. From May 2007 to July 2011, he worked as an independent veterinary consultant, in his own practice called Snider Veterinary Services, to a base of 40,000 sows and their associated production systems. Its clients included the Progressive Livestock Management (PLM) production system, TOPIGS Canada and TOPIGS USA. He completed a 2-year residency (2011 to 2013) in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Minnesota and continued as a faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s population medicine department from 2013 to 2015. From 2011 to 2015, he continued his work as a health assurance veterinarian for TOPIGS USA on a part time basis. In January 2015, he oversaw health assurance in the upper Midwest region of the USA for PIC USA. From Jan 2017 to the present, he works as the regional director of health assurance for PIC Europe. He resides near Barcelona, Spain with his wife and children.
Updated CV 24-Sep-2019
The transmission of PEDV through the feed supply chain is an example of a complex disease transmission pathway that triggered swine feed industry stakeholders to collaborate in understanding and addressing the risk factors.
Many swine production units in North America have incorporated fumigation rooms into their barn design.
Studying the pattern of traffic flows for your production site is important when designing your “bioexclusion” game plan.
Many of these tools are difficult to clean and, in many cases, they may be damaged by water, soap, and disinfectants.
The farm, with an elevated number of animals, had been experiencing for several days an increased number of births in gestation on the weekend before moving the sows to the farrowing pens. Mortality in these births was 100%.