Respected Swine Vet Killed in Car Crash in Czech Republic

Jamie JohansenAASV, Boehringer Ingelheim, PRRS, Research, Swine

bivi-prrs-16-70-editedWe send prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group at the University of Minnesota. Bob died in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Others in the swine community killed in the crash were Deb Spronk, 60, wife of swine veterinarian Gordon Spronk, and Pam Wetzell, 59, wife of Tom Wetzell, a professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim.

Dr. Morrison was a longtime friend of AgWired providing us with content and research in swine health time and time again.

“Dr. Morrison was an international leader in the swine industry,” said Trevor Ames, dean of the college. “This is a tragic loss for the strong team of students and faculty that Bob helped us build.”

Morrison was hired by the U in 1986 and was widely admired for his work to eradicate diseases infecting swine herds, Ames said. “He was a gifted researcher,” said Ames. Morrison helped create systems to track animal disease outbreaks, he said, and ensured researchers, veterinarians and the industry would “work together on solving the problem.”