The Achievement Award

Jennie Hodgen


The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has announced that three AMSA members are the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award. The award was established in 1992 and is designed to recognize and foster the development of young AMSA members who have demonstrated significant scientific skills in muscle foods research and technology that contribute to the animal products industry and the AMSA. The award is sponsored by Burke Corporation.

Jennie Hodgen
From an early age, Dr. Jennie Hodgen demonstrated characteristics destined to impact her career success. Leadership, intelligence, and commitment have been combined into a professional career that inspires others, has a positive impact on business, expands scientific knowledge and solves problems. She was raised on a diversified ranching operation and was active in 4-H and FFA. Jennie earned her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science/Food Science from Oklahoma State University and completed her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Nebraska. While she was in school, she was captain of the Oklahoma State University rugby team, earned her American FFA degree, was an academic mentor, and was active in many university clubs. At the OSU meat laboratory, Jennie was involved in all aspects of operations, harvesting, fabrication, and sales while assisting with research.
Upon graduating with her Ph.D., Dr. Hodgen formed Hodgen Consulting to assist very small processors in complying with HACCP and helping foodservice establishments train employees for their food sanitation certifications. In 2008, she joined the technical service division of Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health. When Merck Animal Health bought Intervet/Schering Plough animal Health in 2011, Jennie was promoted to Scientific Sales Manager. She served as the meat scientist within the Food Animal Resource Management team, working on research trials, animal welfare issues and retail relationships. In 2013, Dr. Hodgen assumed her present role as Senior Account Manager for Merck.
Jennie is a creator/cofounder of the Indiana Cattlewoman and active with the Indiana Beef Council. She is sought after for her leadership and knowledge and has been a member of numerous national and international committees, as well as the AMSA.

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