National Pork Board names new science and tech leader

National Pork Board names new science and tech leader

National Pork Board names Dave Pyburn, DVM as senior vice president of science and technology

The National Pork Board on Tuesday announced that Dave Pyburn, DVM, has been named the new senior vice president of science and technology.

Pyburn joined the Pork Checkoff staff in 2013 and was serving as assistant vice president in the Science and Technology department.

As senior vice president of science and technology, Pyburn will report to Chief Executive Officer Chris Hodges and lead the science programs and research priorities of the National Pork Board. He also will participate in the six volunteer pork producer committees that assist in prioritizing scientific focus and will manage the on-staff team of experts.

National Pork Board names Dave Pyburn, DVM as senior vice president of science and technology

"Dr. Pyburn is a respected and demonstrated leader in the swine science industry and has proven himself as both a qualified academic, and as a leader of his team," Hodges said.

Pyburn's professional history encompasses on-the-farm practical work, government experience and he was also previously the director of veterinary science at the National Pork Producers Council.

"Dave has many progressive ideas for this team and our industry, and we are looking forward to him starting his new role immediately," Hodges said.

Through his more than 20 years of professional experience, Pyburn has developed a comprehensive view of all aspects of pork production. That includes specific areas of expertise including animal science, swine health and welfare, pork safety and nutrition, producer and public health and sustainability.

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"People want to understand where their food comes from, and so much of that work in the pork industry is through science and research," Pyburn said. "How we communicate to pig farmers, allied industry, key influencers and academics and the science community is critical. I look forward to sharing the strong work and story of continuous improvement that the Pork Checkoff has led over the past two decades."

Pyburn joined the National Pork Board in 2013, and previously served 13 years as the senior veterinary medical officer at the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services.

In that role, he was responsible for setting the department's priorities, budget and implementation of swine health programs. Pyburn was with the National Pork Producers Council from 1997 to 2000 and, prior to that, a practicing veterinarian in Iowa.

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