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College of Veterinary Medicine tabs Brad White as interim director for Beef Cattle Institute

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 


MANHATTAN — The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has announced the appointment of Brad White as the interim director for its Beef Cattle Institute, which was founded in 2007 to create an important connection with the beef cattle industry.

Under the previous leadership of Dan Thomson, a world-renowned beef cattle expert, the Beef Cattle Institute grew to become an international resource for educational tools and outreach and an entity that works closely with the beef cattle industry to address critical challenges.

White has been on the faculty in the agricultural practices section of the college's clinical sciences department since 2005. He was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 2010. Before joining Kansas State University, he was assistant clinical professor in the veterinary medical college at Mississippi State University. White has also worked as a consultant for Professional Beef Services LLC since 2003, and for Missouri Verified Beef LLC from 2000 to 2010.

"We are pleased Dr. White has accepted the interim position of guiding the Beef Cattle Institute," said Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "He already has strong relationships in the beef industry and is highly sought as an expert for continuing education conferences, industry workshops and international symposia in production and cow-calf medicine. His connections and collaborations within our college and the College of Agriculture at K-State also help to ensure the Beef Cattle Institute will move forward seamlessly as we begin the process of forming an advisory board of directors and long-term leadership plan. I look forward to working with Dr. White to continue to build upon the success of the institute and to serve the beef cattle industry of Kansas and the nation."

"The Beef Cattle Institute at K-State is an excellent program for the university and the beef industry," White said. "I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing the great work done by the BCI."

White attended William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. He earned a master's degree at Mississippi State University in 2005. White was in private practice as a veterinarian for the Perry County Veterinary Hospital in Perryville, Missouri, from 1997 to 2003.

White has authored or co-authored 82 articles and 10 book chapters. As a principal investigator or co-investigator, he has obtained 25 grants in extramural research funding, totaling more than $3 million. He is a member of Academy Veterinary Consultants, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Evidence-based Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

The mission of the Beef Cattle Institute is to address current topics to engage and support a welfare-centered, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible beef industry in its mission to produce safe and wholesome beef products.


Tammy Beckham


Beef Cattle Institute


Brad White

Brad White, associate professor of production medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed interim director of Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute. Download the photo.

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Joe Montgomery

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Brad White, an associate professor of production medicine in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed interim director of the university's Beef Cattle Institute.