Animal Health in the Heartland

October 12-13, 2021
Nebraska Innovation Campus
Lincoln, Nebraska

Bio Nebraska and IowaBio present the 2021 Animal Health in the Heartland Symposium, where industry leaders and professionals in the animal health industry address critical and important conversations surrounding animal health innovation, management and sustainability. This year’s symposium features a site tour and networking reception on day one, followed by a substantive agenda packed full of important animal health topics on day two.

Animal Health in the Heartland Panel Overviews
Animal Disease Management and Prevention 

This panel will explore: 

  • Vaccination programs vs. antibiotic usage
  • Diagnostics, testing, and modeling, including traceability and spread control
  • Utilizing technology and data to prevent and control outbreaks
  • Zoonotic diseases and lessons learned from COVID-19


  • Josh Johnson, Director of Biologic Operations, Huvepharma


  • Ryan Vander Veen, PhD, R&D Director, Huvepharma 
  • Dustin Loy DVM, PhD, DACVM, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Phil Gauger, PhD, Associate Professor and Veterinary Diagnostician, Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Luke Baldwin, DVM, MAM, Director of Veterinary Services, Animal Welfare, and Biosecurity, Lincoln Premium Poultry 
  • Kent Doolittle, Swine Sales Manager, IDEXX
New Innovations in Animal Health

Learn about how new innovations in the animal health industry have the potential to redefine industry practices and support continued industry growth. 

Industry Sustainability  

As food demand rises alongside global human population growth, panelists will explore ways to preserve essential resources while striving to meet demand and providing transparency to a consumer market that’s more focused than ever on sustainability


  • Sarah Gallo, Vice President, Agriculture & Environment, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Eric Mittenthal, Chief Strategy Officer, North American Meat Institute
  • Herve Hartmann, General Manager, Veramis, LLC
U.S. Policy Outlook

Panelists discuss changes and new policies under the Biden Administration and what that means for the agricultural industry. 

October 12, 2021

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Tour Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center – University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) East Campus

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Tour UNL Tractor Test Laboratory and Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum    

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Happy Hour Networking Reception, The Mill Coffee & Bistro (Nebraska Innovation Campus)

October 13, 2021

8:00am – 8:45am: Registration & Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am:  Opening Remarks by Steve Wellman, Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture

9:00am – 10:15am: Animal Disease Management and Prevention Panel

10:30am –11:50am: New Innovations in Animal Health Showcase

12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm: Industry Sustainability Panel

2:30pm – 4:00pm: U.S. Policy Outlook Panel

Symposium & Reception Venue

Nebraska Innovation Campus
2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508


A group rate for Animal Health in the Heartland attendees is available 10/12/21 to 10/14/21.

Courtyard Lincoln Downtown Haymarket
808 R Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508