Enoch Bergman is a practicing veterinarian and part owner of Swans Veterinary Services located in Esperance WA. Growing up in rural Eastern Colorado, he left the town of Wild Horse (population 12) to secure a veterinary degree hoping to help make his friends and family more profitable beef producers. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2001, he struck out on his own primarily working for the lot feeding and sale yard sector. In 2003 he went back to university to work with students and to complete a Food Animal Medicine Internship, prior to emigrating to Australia. He had intended to only visit Australia for a year, aspiring to pick up good experiences, better stories, and an awesome accent. He quickly fell in love with his new clientele, their cows, the town, and eventually a gorgeous young physio. As far as his goals, he has achieved most of them, but still carries his congenital speech impediment, which makes him sound a bit like Trump. Do you remember Trump?
Enoch almost exclusively provides bovine veterinary services, consulting to a range of beef producers, ranging from cow/calf enterprises to lot feeders, as well as to other veterinarians. He has spoken broadly throughout Australia as well as overseas on a range of bovine topics, but is possibly best known for his work pertaining to Bovine Pestivirus, also known as Bovine Viral Diarrhea, or BVD. Viewed by many as the leading expert in providing advice to Australian beef and dairy veterinarians as well as producers in the systematic management of the disease, he pioneered ear notch testing in Australia to diagnose carrier animals, or Persistently Infected (PI) animals in 2006. Having established Australia’s first laboratory of its kind, his lab has received well over half a million samples from over 200 veterinary practices and thousands of producers. Enoch is also well known for his “Building a Better Cow” series, which focuses on the proactive management of heifers to improve lifetime breeding success including strategies to improve reproductive efficiency through the integration of Fixed Time Artificial Insemination (FTAI) in their breeding programs.
In 2014 and again in 2015 Enoch was elected as the President of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV), a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). The ACV is comprised of over 1,000 veterinarians keenly interested in improving the profitability of producers and the welfare of their animals. During his tenure he worked hard to strengthen his association’s relationships with other peak industry bodies. He is a passionate advocate for the Australian beef sector and a vocal proponent of the veterinary industry’s role in supporting it. Having established a new group of friends and family to aspire to help, Enoch plans to stay in Australia, with his family of six, for good.