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Dr. Dan U. Thomson

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Dr. Dan U. Thomson

Dr. Dan U. Thomson is a third generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science in 1990 and DVM from Iowa State University 2000. Dr. Thomson completed a MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, CO. He then served as the Director of Animal Health and Well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Thomson was the veterinary consultant for their 10 commercial feedlots that fed 1.2 million head of cattle per year and directed their animal health research at the Cactus research facility. Dr. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Nebraska and Texas.

Dr. Thomson is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, sits on the YUM! Animal Welfare Council and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute, the Beef Quality Assurance Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Animal Welfare committees of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management. Dr. Thomson has published 103 peer-reviewed papers, 5 book chapters, 246 abstracts, 127 proceedings and progress reports at professional meetings and delivered 732 invited talks internationally on his research and field experience on the interactions between production management, environment and nutrition on the health and well-being of beef cattle. Dr. Thomson’s research program has been granted over $35.3 million with $16.0 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator.

Thomson’s research and outreach has been reported in many media outlets including CBS Evening news, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and many others. He hosts a nationally aired veterinary television show in its seventh season on RFD TV entitled “Doc Talk” that reaches over 45 million homes world-wide.

Dr. Thomson is married to his wife Cindy. They have 4 daughters, Kelly, Katelyn, Tory and Sarah. Dr. Thomson’s hobbies are his daughters’ activities and a little hunting or fishing in Southwest Iowa when time allows.

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