Dr. Alex Hogg to be Honored with 2006 Alumni Recognition Award at NVMA Conference.
Dr. Hogg has been selected to receive a 2006 Alumni Recognition Award at the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Conference on Jan. 19 in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Hogg has had a distinguished career spanning more than five decades.
Dr. Hogg is a native of Borgue, Scotland, and immigrated to the United States in 1926. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served in World War II. During his four years of service in the war, Dr. Hogg fought in France, Morocco, Africa, Panama, Hawaii and San Diego. With the help of the G.I. Bill, Dr. Hogg attended Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 1950.
He started his veterinary career at a mixed practice in Coin, Iowa, where he worked for 20 years. In 1970, Dr. Hogg attended Iowa State University and received a master's degree in veterinary pathology.
Dr. Hogg was a Nebraska Swine Extension veterinarian and a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his career at the University of Nebraska, he was internationally recognized as an expert in swine disease and presented at many conferences in Europe. He initiated exchange programs with several European universities and other institutions. Dr. Hogg invited his colleagues from overseas to participate in sabbaticals at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Hogg also served as President of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and was the original secretary/treasurer during its first years of existence.
In addition to his travels, Dr. Hogg developed state wide extension programs like Problem Pig Clinics and Farrowing Schools for Women. These programs were important in delivering science-based and practical information that helped produces resolve numerous health and production issues on thousands of farms.
Dr. Hogg retired from the University of Nebraska in 1990 and went on to work at MVP Laboratories in Ralston, Neb., as a Technical Services Consultant. In addition, he was instrumental in the eradication of Hog Cholera from the United States.
He also wrote, produced and mailed a monthly newsletter entitled "Hogg Sense" for over 11 years. The newsletter was distributed to veterinary clinics, hospitals and offices all over the country.
Dr. Hogg has been a very busy man in both his professional and personal life. In his free time he traveled to all 50 states, 60 countries and all seven continents. He traveled to Antarctica in 1993 when he was 73 years old.
In later years, Dr. Hogg married Mary Lou Chapek. They have enjoyed restoring their home and protecting native land adjacent to the beautiful home near Fort Calhoun, Neb. They named their home, "Bonnie Brae," which is Scottish for "beautiful hill."