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DAA: Max T. Rodibaugh

Max Rodibaugh

Max T. Rodibaugh

Frankfort, IN | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 2006

A lifelong fascination with biology and science, growing-up on a Rensselaer grain and purebred swine farm, and enjoying his work with pigs made Max Rodibaugh’s career choice an obvious one: swine health. He began his studies as a youngster, tending to the pigs and showing swine in 4-H. He went on to earn a bachelor’s in general agriculture from Purdue in 1974, his doctor of veterinary of medicine, also from Purdue, in 1977, and in 2000, a certificate in swine health management in the University of Illinois’ Executive Veterinary Program. His first three years as a veterinarian, he worked for John Coltrain, DMV, in Thorntown, Indiana, then in 1980 founded Swine Health Services in Frankfort, Indiana, one of the nation’s first practices devoted entirely to swine. Today, it’s a two-vet practice that serves herds from 150 to 11,000 sows. He also provides swine health consultations, which have taken him to several states as well as to Mexico and Peru. His passion is helping producers solve health and production problems, Rodibaugh says. “I still find the scientific aspect challenging and the day-to-day work interesting. And the people are great. That’s what makes my day, hoping I can be of service to them.” Rodibaugh has served numerous leadership posts in the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, and other industry groups. He frequently gives presentations at swine meetings and conferences. His pastimes include perennial flower gardening, reading, genealogy, photography, and skiing. “Besides a great education, at Purdue I developed one-on-one relationships with professors — people I can always call on for their expertise, people who care about what I’m doing and want to help out.”