Tonisity technical services veterinarian honored for industry, academic service

(Left to right) Dan Grooms, Ph.D., dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, presents Darrell Neuberger, DVM, Tonisity technical services veterinarian, with the 2018 William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine for his contributions to society and to the college. (Photo credit: Iowa State University)
(Left to right) Dan Grooms, Ph.D., dean of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, presents Darrell Neuberger, DVM, Tonisity technical services veterinarian, with the 2018 William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine for his contributions to society and to the college. (Photo credit: Iowa State University)

Each year, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society and to the college. Darrell Neuberger, DVM, Tonisity technical services veterinarian, was one of those individuals recognized on Oct. 26 as a 2018 recipient of the William P. Switzer Award in Veterinary Medicine.

Friday 9 November 2018 (6 months 10 days ago)
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Neuberger spent 20 years as a private practitioner in Garner, Iowa, serving as the small-town veterinarian always willing to take a call, no matter the time of day. Later in his career, he served as a technical services swine veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, now Zoetis. Today, Neuberger supports the Tonisity technical services team, helping producers rethink baby pig management by providing a unique nutritional supplement on days 2-8 that improves intestinal development and aids in pigs achieving their maximum productivity and full potential.

“It’s rewarding that I can continue to help producers integrate new and innovative technologies, like Tonisity Px™, that’s designed to improve the performance, health and well-being of animals,” says Neuberger. “Especially this product – in my entire career I’ve never seen baby pigs so eagerly consume a supplement that is equipping them to thrive through production.”

His continued passion for animal health was a clear asset for Tonisity, says general manager Daniel Faidley. “There’s a reason Darrell was one of the first veterinarians to join our team. We’re focused on bringing top-notch talent and tools to deliver unprecedented customer experience, and Darrell has always approached his responsibility as a veterinarian with helping the producer – and pig – succeed.”

As strong as his commitment is to his personal career, so is his dedication to advancing the industry. Neuberger joined the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association shortly after graduation and later served as president. In 2014 he received the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Technical Services/Allied Industry Veterinarian of the Year Award. Over the years, he’s also mentored more than 50 veterinary students, one of his fondest memories and proudest accomplishments.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with students,” says Neuberger. “I’m always impressed with their knowledge and ambition. It gives me confidence that our profession is in good hands.”

Neuberger has spent his career going above and beyond his veterinary responsibilities, and it’s something he encourages others to do – both those already in the field and those still determining their career paths.

“Speak up, keep an open mind, and share your knowledge and passion with others,” says Neuberger. “You never know the opportunities it might open for you.”

November 8, 2018 - Tonisity

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