Dan Thomson


Dr. Dan U. Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science and DVM from Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson completed an 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. He 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, Kansas, Iowa, and Texas. Thomson is an owner/partner in PAC veterinary and research services which oversees the veterinary care, health, and well-being for 20% of the U.S. cattle of feed.

Dr. Thomson is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He created, founded and directed the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. He has served as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, sits on the YUM! Animal Welfare Council, chairs the Animal Welfare Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of Tyson Fresh Meats. He was recently named chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State after 15 years on the faculty at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management.  Dr. Thomson has published 114 peer-reviewed papers and delivered 865 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, Meating Place, and many others.  

Dr. Thomson teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition, and was recently awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012. Thomson teaches Beef Science, Feedlot Health Systems and Advanced Feedlot Production Medicine in the College of Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State. He is the founder and director of the Executive Veterinary Program for Beef Cattle Practitioners in a partnership with the University of Illinois and teaches in the Feedlot Shortcourse each year produced by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University.

Thomson is the founder and host of Doc Talk, a nationally aired beef cattle health veterinary show on television.  He has hosted over 400 episodes of the show in its ninth season that reaches over 45 million homes world-wide.

Dr. Dan Thomson
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