In this spotlight series, we are featuring alumni speakers who are presenting at the 2016 Fall Conference for Veterinarians. Register now for Fall Conference or view other alumni speaker profiles; more will be added each week leading up to the conference!
John Waddell (DVM ’81)
Senior Professional Services Veterinarian
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Fall Conference Presentation
Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex: Causes, Costs, and Control Strategies
What is your favorite memory from veterinary school?
I have many memories of vet school and most of them involve classmates and many of the great faculty members such as Drs. Small, Brodie, Davis, and Thurman. I was far from a star pupil in the classroom but the “old guard” seemed to recognize that my mind was already in food animal practice and tolerated my lack of academic prowess. I am walking, living proof you don’t need to be real smart to get through vet school! (Still not sure how I passed cardiology!)
What are you looking forward to at this year’s Fall Conference?
I am looking forward to seeing old friends and classmates at the Fall Conference.
What is the most memorable/unique aspect of your career so far? Or, what are you most proud of in your career?
During my 30-year tenure in practice, we hosted and mentored hundreds of students. Many of them have become colleagues and life-long friends.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Family, grandchildren, church, reading, grilling pork.