2015 AETA Board Election Candidates

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Published on: September 23, 2015

BigalkKory Bigalk, DVM

Kory Bigalk was born and raised on a small beef farm in southeastern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1998.

Bigalk practiced large animal medicine in a primarily dairy practice from 1998 until 2010. He began doing embryo transfer and ultrasound work in 2001. In 2010 he purchased an existing embryo transfer business, formed Diamond K Genetics, and began doing embryo transfer work full time.

Bigalk and his wife have three young children and live on a small hobby farm, where they raise purebred Simmental cattle.


DixonDave Dixon, DVM

Dave Dixon is a certified practitioner who grew up on a beef and swine farm in southern Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1995 with a DVM degree. He practiced as an associate veterinarian with Food Animal Veterinary Service for 19 years. He is now a partner in a multi-doctor practice in Rensselaer, Indiana, that specializes in bovine and small ruminant embryo transfer.  In the past year they have begun offering IVF services in conjunction with Boviteq.

As a candidate for Board of Directors, he seeks to maintain the AETA as a professional organization that offers educational opportunities that cover the broad base of its current members. He promises to weigh each decision against the vision statement and by-laws that are already in place. A position on the board would provide him the opportunity to give back to the organization that has served him throughout his 20 years of practice.

Dave is a member of the AETA, IETS, and AABP.  He and his wife Lisa have 3 children, actively serve in their church, and enjoy raising and showing Hereford cattle.


IagerMatt Iager, DVM

Matt Iager, DVM, grew up in Fulton, Maryland, on a Registered Holstein dairy farm. He received his BS degree in dairy science in 1993 from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture. He received his DVM degree in 1996 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Iager is a partner with Mid Maryland Dairy Veterinarians in Hagerstown, Maryland, after joining the practice upon graduation. He has performed embryo transfer for 20 years and was certified in 2001.

Iager served on the Alumni Board at the Veterinary School at Virginia Tech for 10 years. He is currently vice president of the Maryland Holstein Association, treasurer of the Maryland Dairy Shrine, and has served as a delegate for the last three years to the National Holstein Convention.

Iager has been married to his wife, Laura, for 17 years; they have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Brooke, who are both active in 4-H. Iager and his family own and operate MD-West-View Genetics where they house donors for clients and maintain a small recipient herd. Iager is active in his church and community, plays drums in the contemporary choir, and is a licensed auctioneer. He enjoys showing, judging, and flushing cattle.

Iager is currently chairman of the Education Committee for AETA and manages the material for the quarterly newsletter. He is very passionate about embryo transfer and welcomes the opportunity to serve on the AETA Board.


vanJeremy VanBoening, DVM

Jeremy VanBoening received his BS degree from University of Nebraska–Lincoln in animal science in 1998 and his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2002. He practiced in South Dakota one year before purchasing a two-doctor practice in Alma, Nebraska, in 2003. The practice has grown to seven doctors and 23 support staff. In 2010, Republican Valley Genetics (RVG) was founded to provide the embryo transfer services for the clinic and is the focus of VanBoening today. Republican Valley Genetics provides in-house and on-farm embryo transfer services as well as serves as a satellite center for IVF services with Trans Ova Genetics.

Jeremy has served on several professional boards and committees including the Nebraska Cattlemen, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. These associations have allowed him to gain experience with domestic and international trade, policymaking both at the state and federal level, sustainability in the beef industry and bovine veterinarian practice, as well as the opportunity for contacts throughout the industry. Professional memberships include AETA, IETS, AABP, AVC, AVMA, and NVMA.

Jeremy and his wife Erin have one son, William, who is eight years old. In addition to the RVAC and RVG, they run approximately 180 beef cows consisting of a commercial cow-calf and a recipient herd. VanBoening feels it would be an honor to serve the organization that gave him the knowledge and confidence to begin and grow the embryo transfer business.

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