The following are unpaid staff/board members of the SMD.

Dr. John Carr, BVSc, PhD, DPM, DiplECPHM, MRCVS

John started learning the ropes about pigs at the age of 11 . He qualified as a veterinarian in 1982. After 5 years in general practice he returned to university to complete a Leverhulme residency in pigs and the PhD in urinary tract problems of pigs at Liverpool specializing in microbiology and pathology. He has taught production medicine to veterinarians and farmers throughout the world through positions at several universities: UK; Liverpool and Royal Veterinary College, London, US; North Carolina and Iowa State and in Western Australia at Murdoch. John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. John specialises in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices while controlling the cost of production.

Jenny Blaney

My late husband was a veterinarian and we ran a mixed practice (both large and small animal) for many years. He was also chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners of Maryland for 15 years.  I have been breeding, raising and monitoring various breeds of pigs since 1989. I have worked closely with The North American Potbellied Pig Association (NAPPA) for 20 years. I acquired Heritage breed pigs 12 years ago and I have worked with The Livestock Conservancy since I bought my first Heritage pig.  My primary interests over the years have been herd health management, neo-natal care, fertility issues, piglet care and medical/genetic monitoring. I have always worked with breeds of pigs whose genetic pool is quite small. I have worked with Dr. John Carr for 15 years. We have collected and tracked many medical records of pigs to create a relational database.  I own a small farm in up-state New York. I maintain a breeding herd of 50 Heritage hogs. I maintain a 24/7 pig hotline for people who have questions, issues or concerns about their pigs. The hotline also serves as a referral service, putting pig owners in touch with veterinarians in their area.  I am not on-line but can be reached at: Home: 518-747-3494  Fax: 518-747-8595

Kimberly Ruessler

My husband and I began raising heritage hogs the summer of 2013.  Our herd grew rapidly as we continued to fall in-love with these animals.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Blaney while dealing with some pig health issues.  She guided us through several challenges and supports us continually.  Through these issues, it became apparent to me that the Heritage breeds are in danger and need some help.  In order to nurture Heritage hogs, we need to understand what is going on from a health perspective.  It has been an honor to work with Jenny, Pam and Dr. Carr on this project and I am excited about the potential of SMD.