About us

Dr Joseph F. Connor - Chairman

Dr Joseph F. Connor - Chairman

Dr Joseph Connor is the Founder and President of Carthage Group providing swine veterinary and management consulting services to producers of varying size throughout the United States, the Americas, and Asia. The Carthage Group represents a leading American veterinary service company Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., Professional Swine Management, LLC, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC, and other subsidiary companies.

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. was founded in 1979 and provides veterinary service for more than 550,000 sows in the USA. Professional Swine Management, LLC was established in 2001 focusing on providing pig farm production management services to swine produces. The company today manages 105,000 sows in America.

Dr Connor is a respectable veterinarian in the USA and globally. Dr. Connor received the Master’s Award from The National Hog Farmer in 2009, the Leman Science in Practice Award in 2004, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Swine Practitioner of the Year Award in 1995. In 1992, he was Howard Dunne Memorial Lecturer. In 2008, he was presented the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Illinois and was awarded with the “First” Honorary Member of the Japanese Association of Swine Veterinarians (JASV) in 2008.

Dr Connor is a much sought presenter and has given over 300 presentations and published numerous articles. He presented the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture and Alex Hogg Lecture at AASV. Dr. Connor has given numerous international presentations in China, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, and Canada. He has also presented to various organizations including the Brazilian Pork Producers, Japanese Pork Producers, Japanese Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the European Veterinary Club.

Dr Connor obtained his D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1976, a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2006, and completed the Executive Veterinary Program in 2009 with the University of Illinois.