Wesley Lyons, DVM
About Dr. Lyons
Dr. Wesley Lyons is currently a veterinarian at Bethany Swine Health Services in Sycamore, IL. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. He started in mixed animal practice for a few months with his father, Dr. Chuck Lyons, before joining Pig Improvement Company as a Health Assurance Veterinarian.
Wesley is married to his husband, Preston, who is in seminary in Chicago at Lutheran School of Theology to be a Lutheran pastor. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, skiing and staying active with their two dogs, Oakley and Chaco. They are die-hard University of Tennessee Volunteer fans. Wesley is also a marathon runner and enjoys hunting on his family farm in Paris, Tenn.
My Blog Posts
|ABC's of the VFD – What does it mean for antibiotics in your food?|
|The future of animal housing|
|Vets Ensure Extra Layer of Responsible Animal Care|
|Why hormones aren’t important, why antibiotics are|
"It’s a fair expectation to have farm animals well cared for."
VETS ENSURE EXTRA LAYER OF RESPONSIBLE CARE
I’m a member of a six-vet team that helps farmers care for sows (momma pigs) on farms across Illinois. We fill a lot of roles, including monitoring overall
health, helping farms hire and train employees and working with farms on welfare questions.
I think the term “factory farm” has created this perception that animals are just being raised – hold the “responsibly.” People might think barns are overcrowded
and dirty, leading to illness and disease.
- I sign in on a visitor log that tracks who comes in and out of the barn each day.
- After spraying sanitizer on my hands, I sit at a bench in an area similar to a locker room and take my shoes off.
- Then, I swing my legs over to the other side of the bench.
- Some farms have a “shower-in, shower-out” policy, so I’ll take a quick shower and then change into clothes and shoes provided by the farm.