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Dan Thomson

Jones professor of epidemiology and production medicine
Director, Beef Cattle Institute
Professor of clinical sciences


Dan ThomsonDan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian and is an internationally recognized expert and leader in beef cattle production and health management. He is the Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The global co-leader for McDonald's Beef Health and Welfare Committee, Thomson also serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute and is the former chair of the OIE Beef Cattle Production and Welfare committee. He has been an active member of advisory boards and committees for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Thomson's research program has been granted more than $34 million, with $14.7 million for projects with him as the primary investigator. He has published 69 peer-reviewed papers, four book chapters, 211 abstracts, 73 proceedings and 45 progress reports at professional meetings and delivered 527 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.

Thomson's research and outreach has been reported in national 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, "Doc Talk," that reaches more than 45 million homes worldwide.

He teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition, receiving the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012. He also is the recipient of the 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year award from the Beef Checkoff program.

Before joining K-State, Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, Colorado. He then served as the director of animal health and well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, Texas, the world's largest cattle feeding company at that time. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.

Thomson was raised in Clearfield, Iowa. He earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Iowa State University, a Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from South Dakota State University, a doctorate in ruminant nutrition from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State.

Thomson can be reached at 785-532-4254 or dthomson@vet.k-state.edu.