During its summer conference last week, the academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) announced that Gerald Poppy, DVM, will assume the position of AVC Executive Director, following the retirement of the current director Dr. Bill Swafford in December.

Poppy brings diverse experience in veterinary medicine, livestock production and business management to the position.

He graduated with his DVM degree from Michigan State University in 1982 and completed an MBA degree at the University of Phoenix in 1996. He now is finishing his PhD in epidemiology at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine under Paul Morley DVM, PhD, ACVIM.  Prior to joining Fermented Nutrition, he was the Director of the North American Dairy Business for Diamond V Mills and prior to that he provided technical services for Monsanto both with the dairy team and the swine group.  Prior to that he worked in dairy nutrition with Standard Nutrition in Washington, after practicing in Bowling Green, Ky., Kalkaska, Mich. and Wauseon, Ohio.

He currently is President of Fermented Nutrition in Luxemburg Wisconsin, developers of GlucoBoost, a fermented nutritional supplement from Lactobacillus and lactose that treats cows for ketosis in early lactation.  Poppy has been closely involved in the research and launch of this product.  The company produces high protein soybean substitute products for dairy and beef cattle, and does fresh-cow research and product sales with dairy herds across the US.

Poppy’s primary goal for the AVC is to help it continue to be one of the best places for veterinarians to receive continuing education focused on bovine medicine topics.  “AVC has a history and reputation for providing very timely and in-depth scientific information focused on some unique areas for feedlot, cow calf and stocker medicine that are not normally addressed in more general education meetings,” he says. “We want to continue to strengthen our organization and be responsive to our membership so that we meet the needs for their veterinary careers. I feel that this an organization that students and newly graduated veterinarians interested in food animal medicine could join and really learn and be mentored by some of the leaders in veterinary medicine; veterinarians who have been instrumental in the development of our beef industry and bovine medicine over the last 30 to 40 years.”

Poppy lives in Brighton Colorado, with his wife Alice. 

Poppy will assume the director’s position following the AVC winter conference, which will take place on December 1 to 3 in Denver. Find more information on AVC and upcoming conferences on the AVC website