Population Health Food Animal Lecture to be presented at UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Athens, Ga. -An internationally recognized expert in calf health management and mastitis control will present the “Fred Thompson Population Health Food Animal Lecture” next month at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Ken Leslie’s talk, entitled “Teaching and Research in Dairy Health Management: Lessons Learned and Implications for the Future,” will be presented Friday, Nov. 5, at 12 p.m. in room H203 of the college. The event is free and open to the public.All scientists, veterinarians, students, farmers, consumers and government officials involved in food production are invited to attend.

Leslie currently is a professor in the Ruminant Health Management Clinic in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.His special interests are udder health, dairy calves and transition cows.He has focused his efforts on fostering networks of dairy health management veterinarians and research workers on issues regarding dairy cattle health.During Leslie’s day-long visit to campus, professional and graduate students will be given the opportunity to discuss issues in food animal health and food animal management, in addition to career options in this field.

Leslie has received the Intervet/Schering-Plough Award for Preventive Veterinary Medicine, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Mentor of the Year Award, the AABP Cyanamid Award of Excellence, the Canadian Animal Health Institute Industry Leadership Award, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Ontario Veal Association Award of Merit and the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners Award of Excellence.

Funding for this event comes from a gift by Dr. Fred Thompson, a former faculty member and friend of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Food Animal Health and Management Program.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners.Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.The college enrolls 102 students each fall out of more than 550 who apply.For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.