Dairy Panel Experts – Veterinarians

Dr. Nigel Cook, Clinical Associate Professor in Food Animal Production Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Cook is the clinical associate professor in food animal production medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Cook manages the Dairyland Initiative: The Guide to Building Welfare-Friendly Housing for Dairy Cattle. HisĀ areas of interest include the impact of the environment on dairy cattle and their health and behavior. Dr. Cook also provides a troubleshooting service to the dairy farms of Wisconsin for problems related to milk quality, clinical mastitis, lameness, fresh cow problems and poor reproductive performance. Dr. Cook received his BVSc at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 1992, his RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health & Production in 1995 and his Diplomate in Bovine Reproduction in 1998. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Bovine Health Management.

Dr. Jim Reynolds, Professor, Large Animal Medicine and Welfare, Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Reynolds is currently a professor of large animal medicine/welfare at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Pomona, California. His current research interests include calf management, mastitis control and farm animal welfare. His prior experience includes the chief of clinical services for production medicine at the University of California, Davis for 12 years. Dr. Reynolds was also in private dairy and beef practice in California for 14 years. He received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award for 2007 and the American Association of Bovine Veterinarians Award of Excellence for 2010. His is a Diplomate of the newly formed American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW).

Dr. Pam Ruegg, Professor and Extension Milk Quality Specialist, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Dr. Ruegg is a professor and extension milk quality specialist in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests are focused on using epidemiologic techniques to critique issues related to animal health and milk quality. She received the 2004 Award of Excellence from the University of Wisconsin Extension & the 2005 Pound Extension Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for development of the milk money program and maintains a popular milk quality website. Dr. Ruegg has published more than 80 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, numerous abstracts and invited papers and several textbook chapters.

Dr. Jan Shearer, Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University

Dr. Shearer is a professor and extension veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. His primary research and extension interests are lameness and welfare issues of cattle. His prior experience includes Associate Veterinarian at the Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc., Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University, Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Florida. Dr. Shearer is a recipient of many awards and honors including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Alpharma Award of Excellence from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the AVMA Animal Welfare Award in 2001 from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Julie M. Smith, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

Dr. Smith is an extension assistant professor at the University of Vermont. Her research interests include the interactions among nutrition, growth, and immune system development in young dairy calves. Dr. Smith has extensive experience developing useful materials on pathogens of animals and humans. In 2004, she produced a National Association of County Agricultural Agents communications award-winning video overview of dairy cattle biosecurity. She has conducted trainings for extension educators, livestock producers, and community members on the risks posed by the introduction of a highly contagious animal disease and the importance of preparedness in all sectors of the livestock industry.