Dr. Aaron Johnson
Immediate Past President
Dr. Aaron Johnson (PU’05) is an industry veterinarian who works as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Argenta. He was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut before moving to Indiana to attend Purdue University. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science (’99) and a Master of Science degree in beef cattle reproductive physiology (‘01) at Purdue before graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005.
Upon graduation from Purdue, Dr. Johnson worked as a small animal practitioner in Fishers and Westfield for 6 ½ years. Following his transition to industry, Dr. Johnson took a role in U.S. Regulatory Affairs at Elanco where he supported new drug development in R&D for both companion and food animal products. He was involved in interacting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to advance projects in Elanco’s R&D pipeline and was directly involved in the U.S. approval of two companion animal products and one swine product. He was also involved in numerous regulatory strategy initiatives, including FDA’s compounding of veterinary pharmaceuticals, FDA’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) modernization, and EPA’s reporting of adverse events for companion animal spot-on products. Dr. Johnson also spent 3 years working as a research scientist in Elanco’s R&D organization, where he was responsible for helping identify and advance new companion animal therapeutic molecules in Elanco’s early R&D pipeline.
Currently Dr. Johnson works as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Argenta, a global animal health company based out of New Zealand that conducts clinical field trials and manufactures drugs for many animal health companies around the world. What Dr. Johnson loves most about this role is working with different animal health companies to help them through the FDA approval process, which can ultimately benefit thousands of veterinarians and millions of pets by bringing new therapies to market. During his 10 years at industry, Dr. Johnson has also continued to practice as a weekend relief veterinarian, and currently works Saturdays at South Anderson Veterinary Clinic. He says relief work helps keep him apprised of the challenges that practitioners are currently facing.
Dr. Johnson served on the Executive Board of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association from 2009-2013, including two terms as President in 2010 and 2012. During that time, he was chosen as Indiana’s representative for the AVMA Emerging Leaders Program at the 2012 annual AVMA leadership meeting in Schaumburg, IL. Most recently, Dr. Johnson served on the IVMA Board of Directors from 2017-2020 as the District 11 (Central Indiana) representative. Dr. Johnson currently lives in Fishers with his wife Amber and two children. Their pets include one dog, two cats, two Guinea pigs, and a hermit crab. In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys home brewing, golfing, camping, and men’s and high school ministry programs at his church