Livestock Medicine

Photo: Food Animal Medicine

Livestock Medicine is the synthesis of internal medicine, population medicine and epidemiology to improve the health and well-being of livestock, including dairy and beef cattle, swine, goats, and sheep. The ultimate goal is to maximize health, which results in high quality and safe food products for consumers throughout the world.

Specialty areas include:

  • Advancing the standard of care for livestock species by improving diagnostics and treatment of diseases affecting livestock species
  • Investigating infectious disease and methods for disease prevention in livestock
  • Development of new management strategies to maximize livestock health and productivity

Research areas include:

  • Neonatal calf health
  • Colostrum and colostrum management
  • Infectious diseases
  • Innate immune mechanisms
  • Bovine respiratory disease complex
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pathogenesis of bovine pinkeye
  • Pinkeye vaccine development

Outreach program:

FARAD (Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank) is a congressionally-mandated risk-management program that is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture.  The primary mission of FARAD is to provide science-based expert advice to help mitigate unsafe chemical residues (drugs, pesticides, biotoxins, etc.) in products derived from food animals. The program is maintained by a consortium of universities, including University of California-Davis, University of Florida, Kansas State University and North Carolina State University.