Larry R. Ludemann
Inducted Saturday, October 2, 2010
Larry Ludemann graduated from Moorhead High School in 1972. During high school, he participated in sophomore football, wrestling, track and cross country. He was a state qualifier in track his senior year. He holds a school record in the 880-yard run. Ludemann earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1976 and a master’s degree in bacteriology from North Dakota State University in 1978. He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1987.
Ludemann was a virology technician at NDSU, research technician at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and veterinarian at the Equine Small Animal Medical Center in Lakeville, Minn. In 1988 Ludemann became a veterinary medical officer for the United States Department of Agriculture Center for Veterinary Biologics in Ames, Iowa. Since 2001 Ludemann has been a senior staff veterinarian for the USDA. He reviews veterinary vaccine and diagnostic test kit license applications. Veterinary vaccines and diagnostic test kits require a USDA license for sale and distribution.
In March 2001, Ludemann volunteered to spend five weeks helping to eradicate Foot and Mouth Disease from the United Kingdom. He received a Group Honor Award for Excellence from the Secretary of Agriculture for his work. In April 2002 he participated in eliminating low pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus from the live bird markets in New York City, and in December 2002 and January 2003 he was part of the Exotic Newcastle Disease Task Force in southern California.
Since 1999, Ludemann has been a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use committee, serving as chair since 2000. From 2002-05, Ludemann was a member of the exclusion committee, formed in response to the 2001 Animal Health Safeguarding Review, to develop plans for improving the prevention of animal diseases from entering the United States. Ludemann has also written and presented papers, including presenting at the 1999 Third World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Bologna, Italy. Ludemann is a high school and college football official and an active member of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa.
Larry and Sue Ludemann have been married for 26 years. They have two adult sons, Matthew and Mark. Ludemann lives in Ames, Iowa.