SHIC Requests Your Input for 2019 Plan of Work Priorities

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) continues to prioritize high impact, urgent return on investment projects to monitor, predict, prepare, and respond to emerging diseases. Members of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians are invited and encouraged to provide input into the SHIC 2019 Plan of Work, providing direction for upcoming priorities.

As you consider priorities for emerging disease projects, please use the following questions to inspire your input to SHIC. However, do not limit your consideration to these topics. SHIC desires stakeholders’ most visionary suggestions to benefit the health of the US swine herd.

  • What are the most common ways diseases are introduced to pigs and sows in your care? What is needed to change this?
  • Within production systems, how do structure, practices, and the movement of pigs inhibit your ability to quickly limit the impact of an emerging disease? What is needed to change this?
  • What does the industry need to be able to predict emerging diseases?
  • What type of communication channels are needed and how would it be best to pass those communications on to you?
  • Would pathogen surveys of different inputs or animal flows help you manage disease?
  • What are industry responsibilities vs. USDA/state animal health officer responsibilities? What’s the best way to reconcile them?
  • Are there additional diagnostic capabilities needed? What type of diagnostic tools or capabilities will help you manage disease?
  • Is preventing a newly emerging disease realistic?
  • What metrics can be used to measure/demonstrate prevention?
  • What does the industry need to be able to prevent emerging diseases?
  • What does the industry need to be able to quickly limit the impact of emerging diseases?
  • What are the major limitations to meeting these needs?

Please provide your input for the SHIC 2019 Plan of Work to Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg. Email or call 515-451-6652. Alternatively, you are welcome to share your suggestions with any member of the SHIC Board of Directors.  Their contact information can be found here.

Please send your contributions to this process by December 14, 2018.

Funded by America’s pork producers to protect and enhance the health of the US swine herd, SHIC focuses its efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages sharing of its publications and research for the benefit of swine health. Forward, reprint, and quote SHIC material freely. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Paul Sundberg at