University of Minnesota appoints Jerry Torrison as diagnostic lab director

Jerry Torrison, DVM Ph.D, has been appointed as the new director of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Torrison is no stranger to the laboratory, having served as an associate clinical professor and diagnostician from 2004-2011.

Since 2011, Torrison has been a swine veterinarian with the research and nutritional services team at Zinpro Corporation, a

manufacturer of organic trace minerals for beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, aqua, equine, and companion animals based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

He was a swine consultant with Swine Vet Center, PA, in St. Peter, Minnesota, for six years leading up to 2004. He was also employed as health assurance manager with PIC, a swine breeding stock company, from 1994-1998.

Announcing the appointment CVM Dean Trevor Ames said, "Jerry has worked in more than 20 countries and consulted with many food animal production corporations. His ability to identify key opportunities locally and globally, along with his strong relationships with state and national producer organizations, industry partners, and government agencies will be a great benefit to the college."

Torrison says "I look forward to returning to the university and advancing the goals of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The lab is a vital resource with bright, hard-working people and I'm honored to rejoin them and the broader university community."

Torrison earned his DVM and Ph.D degrees in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. He is a member of the college's Alumni and Friends Society Board. He will begin his appointment in late March.