Dr. Lisa Tokach has been named the recipient of the 2013 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. The award was presented by Zoetis at the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, hosted by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn.
After completing her pre-veterinary requirements at North Dakota State University, Tokach received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Currently, Tokach is a practicing veterinarian at Abilene Animal Hospital in Abilene, Kan.
At Abilene Animal Hospital, Tokach and a team of veterinarians focus on eliminating or controlling animal disease by putting relevant science into practice with their clients. She helps producers understand science and use research to help them grow healthy pigs and maintain profitable operations. Previously, Tokach has been honored for her work as the Swine Practitioner of the Year in 2008 by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV).
She has served on the AASV board of directors, including serving as president in 2002, and recently completed a term as the swine representative to the American Veterinary Medical Assn. She currently holds a position on the Pig Welfare Committee for the AASV.
The 2013 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award is named after a 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.