National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced today at the 2015 World Pork Expo that Dr. Paul Sundberg, currently vice president of science and technology for National Pork Board (NPB), has been named director of the new Swine Health Information Center (SHIC). The center, a collaborative effort between NPPC, NPB and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), will focus its efforts on implementing industry preparedness for disease challenges that could affect U.S. swine herds.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Sundberg said, adding that the center provides an unprecedented opportunity for the pork industry to improve swine health in the U.S.
Prior to his role at NPB, Sundberg joined NPPC in 1994 as director of veterinary issues. Previously, he spent nine years in private practice as owner of a veterinary clinic in Madison, Neb. In 1990, he left the practice to pursue further education as part of the faculty of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa.
Dr. Sundberg attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He completed his veterinary medicine curriculum and master’s degree in clinical science/preventive medicine at Iowa State University. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a past-president of the College. He also has a doctorate degree in veterinary microbiology with a specialty in preventive medicine from Iowa State University.
Dr. Sundberg has represented the U.S. pork industry during World Health Organization (WHO) consultations on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance, within the International Meat Secretariat and in discussions on a variety of topics with the European Union, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, China, Japan and others. He is a member of the U.S. delegation to the OIE’s 75th, 76th, and 77th General Sessions.
Sundberg will remain with NPB through the end of June, after which he’ll begin his role at SHIC.