Dr. John Johnston, DVM
Animal Health Advocate
Dr. John Johnston has dedicated much of his career to the eradication of Pseudorabies virus (PRV) from the Indiana Swine population. This livestock industry professional is hard working, trustworthy, leader of the animal health industry.
In 1994, Dr. Johnston joined the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as the Director of Swine Health Programs. At the time, nearly 1000 swine farms were under quarantine for PRV. Through Dr. Johnston's leadership and tireless efforts he worked with all stakeholders to successfully eradicate PRV.
This eradication process was not an easy task, particularly when the Accelerated Pseudorabies Eradication Program (APEP) was launched, which required the depopulation of many Indiana operations. Dr Johnston clearly understood the impact the program would have on the producers and insisted that the program minimize the emotional and financial impact on the producers.
Through challenging times during the eradication effort, it was Dr. Johnston's steadfast, thoughtful, deliberate manner that allowed the program to succeed. Disease eradication without eradicating the producer was always his goal. Dr. Johnston met and exceeded his goal.