2022 Mid-Atlantic Conference for Bovine Practitioners
March 31-April 1, 2022
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham – Hagerstown, MD

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Conference Speakers

John Currin, DVM, DAVBP

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine


Beef Nutrition for the Non-Nutritionist Veterinarian

This session will use case studies to look at trouble shooting common problems in beef cattle nutrition.  In addition commonly used feeds will be evaluated for their strengths and weaknesses.

Dr. Currin grew up on a small beef cattle farm in Southwest Virginia.  He graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  Following graduation he became an associate veterinarian in a mixed animal practice for 1 year, then became a partner in a large animal practice for 3 years.  Dr. Currin then became a clinician at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for 24 years.  He is currently the Associate Clinical Professor in Production Management Medicine and Extension Veterinarian and has been for the past 15 years.  His interests include dairy production medicine, dairy records, dairy and reproduction, bovine respiratory disease complex, dairy nutrition, dairy management and bovine pharmacology, beef cattle production medicine, beef cattle reproduction, beef cattle nutrition, and beef cattle economics.

James Drackley, PhD

Drackley Nutrition Consulting

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What’s New in NASEM 2021 for Dry Cows, Transition Cows, and Calves


New Perspectives on Transition Cow Disorders and Diseases

Dr. Drackley is Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research program has focused on nutrition and metabolism of dairy cows during the transition from pregnancy to lactation, fat utilization and metabolism, and aspects of calf nutrition and management. Dr. Drackley has published extensively, has supervised more than 45 graduate students to MS or PhD degrees, and has received numerous professional awards. Drackley is widely sought by the global dairy industry for speaking and consulting services. He served on the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine committee to prepare the 8th edition of Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle.

Tara Felix, MS, PAS, PhD

Pennsylvania State University


Feeding and Managing Dairy Genetics for Beef

Holstein cattle have increased in the fed cattle market place. Cattle from the flat muscled Holstein genetics need a little extra feed and management to meet the carcass characteristics the meat packing industry desires. While appropriate feeding and management can help, the recent rise is beef cattle semen to dairy herds has shifted the dynamics of this market. Come learn about feeding, breeding and management strategies for these historically undervalued calves!

Successful Transition of the Beef Calf from Weaning Through Backgrounding

Stressors abound in the life of a newly weaned beef calf. However, they do not have to impact health and production. This presentation will focus on mitigating stressors from weaning through transition to backgrounding programs that could otherwise impact the health and productive life of beef calves.

Tara Felix is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science. She is a member of the Livestock Extension Team and the state Extension Beef Specialist. Tara is a member of the executive board for the PA Beef Producers Working Group, an organization of beef producers and stakeholders working together to monitor industry needs in order to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of beef producers in PA. Dr. Felix also advises graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Science and lectures on nutrition and cattle management topics. For the last 5 years, Dr. Felix has been investigating nutrition and management strategies to add value to dairy progeny used throughout the beef supply chain. She resides in Centre County PA with her husband and 3 beautiful daughters.

Jennifer Koziol, DVM, MS, DACT

Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine


Bull Breeding Soundness Exams: What is New

Discussion of a complete bull breeding soundness exam coupled with recent updates by the Society for Theriogenology.


When Things Don’t Look Right: Dealing with Abnormalities Found During Bull Breeding Soundness Exams

Discussion of common lesions noted during routine bull breeding soundness exams, how to confirm diagnosis, discuss prognosis for future fertility and treatment options.


Dr. Jennifer Koziol is a native of Oklahoma where she grew up ranching with her family. She received her Bachelors of Science in 2009 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Oklahoma State University. After completing an internship Jennifer continued her formal training as a Theriogenology resident at Auburn University.  Dr. Koziol achieved diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015 and was awarded a Masters of Biomedical Sciences in 2016.  Jennifer recently joined the faculty at Texas Tech where she is an Associate Professor of Beef Production Medicine and Theriogenology. Dr. Koziol co-authored the 2nd edition of the Society for Theriogenology Bull Breeding Soundness Manual which released in 2018 and her second book Sperm Morphology of the Domestic Animal will be released later this year.

Stephen LeBlanc, DVM, DVSc

University of Guelph


Applied Immunology in Transition Dairy Cows

A review of the transition period’s effects on a cow’s immune system to more successfully prevent disease.


Post-Partum Uterine Health: Rational Treatment for Metritis

Recent data on uterine health, moving toward more selective treatment of metritis, and the effects on breeding success.


Transition Cow Metabolic Health: What’s New with Hypocalcemia and Ketosis

Recent studies and new thinking on prevention and treatment of hypocalcemia and ketosis.

Dr. Stephen LeBlanc is a professor in the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Director of Dairy at Guelph – The Centre for Dairy Research and Innovation at the University of Guelph.  He received a BSc(Agr) in Animal Science from McGill University in 1992, and a DVM (in 1997) and DVSc (in 2001) from the University of Guelph.  After five years of private dairy veterinary practice, he joined the faculty at the University of Guelph where he teaches veterinary students and provides clinical farm service. He is past-president of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council and serves as a senior editor for the Journal of Dairy Science. His research focuses on dairy cow metabolic and reproductive health and management, precision technologies, and antimicrobial stewardship. With graduate students and collaborators, this work has resulted in over 165 peer-reviewed papers. He has given invited talks in 20 countries.

Annette O’Connor, BVSc, MVSc, DVSc, FANZCVS

Michigan State University


Pinkeye Prevention with Vaccination:  Understanding the Evidence Base

What Causes Pinkeye?  Understanding the Evidence Base

Dr. O’Connor is a veterinary epidemiologist, and she has applied the principles of that discipline to a diverse set of fields, including livestock diseases, food-borne pathogens of animal proteins and veterinary public health. The main area of focus of Dr. O’Connor’s research has been to understand how decisions makers such as veterinary practitioners and government officials can use translate primary research into decision support tools. Dr. O’Connor has also presented these concepts to veterinary associations. Topic’s evaluated include bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle, infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in beef calves, anthelminthic protocols for cattle, brucellosis in sheep, Salmonellae pre-harvest in pigs, MRSA in swine, pre-harvest food safety interventions, post harvest interventions, zoonotic pathogens and the impact of proximity to confined animal operations on community health. This work includes understanding how standards of evidence translate to veterinary practice.  In conjunction with research synthesis, Dr. O’Connor has used traditional epidemiological research approaches so that decision makers can better understand the efficacy of control options for Salmonellae pre-harvest and MRSA in swine, brucellosis in sheep, bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle and infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in beef calves.  The combined impact of this work has been to provide producers, veterinarians, government agencies and industry groups with independent advice about the efficacy of relevant interventions. Dr. O’Connor is an author of the REFLECT statement (2010), a reporting guideline for interventions involving livestock and food safety outcomes (similar to the CONSORT statement).  Dr. O’Connor received a Bachelor Of Veterinary Science (BVSc) from the University of Sydney in 1993, a Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc) from the University of Queensland in 1997 and a Doctoral of Veterinary Science (DVSc) from the University of Guelph in 2001.  In  2009, Dr. O’Connor was admitted as a Fellow of Epidemiology to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Dr. O’Connor is Professor of Epidemiology at Iowa State University. Dr. O’Connor teaches epidemiology methods and inference in the Preventive Veterinary Medicine Program at Iowa State University the MPH program at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Brian Reed, DVM, MBA

Agricultural Veterinary Associates


Financial Consulting: Sharing Your Clients’ Burdens

This presentation explores opportunities to provide financial and business consulting services to dairy clients in a practice situation.  A review of dairy business financial parameters, methods of standardizing financial performance and discussions of some standard benchmarks will be covered.  Specific examples of services desired by clients will be examined.

Post-Partum Uterine Health: Rational Treatment for Metritis

Recent data on uterine health, moving toward more selective treatment of metritis, and the effects on breeding success.

Brian Reed received his DVM degree in 1987 from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and his MBA from Lebanon Valley College in 2001.  Since 1987 he has been a part of a primarily dairy practice with 9 doctors working in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania.  Over the last 20 years, Dr. Reed has expanded the services he offers to include financial and business management consulting services to complement traditional production medicine services.  In addition to practice, Dr. Reed is the current Treasurer of AABP, Vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission and a member of the board of directors of a local bank.

Linda Tikofsky, DVM

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

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Current Concepts in Small Ruminant Mastitis

This session with review etiologies of mastitis in small ruminants, as well as current practices for management and control.

Dr. Linda Tikofsky graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois in 1984 with her DVM degree. After completing an internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, she practiced in Western New York for twelve years. In 1997, she obtained a post-doctoral position with Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) in the Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University. She became an Extension Associate II with this group in 1999 and was promoted to Senior Extension Associate in 2003. At QMPS she worked with dairy producers and veterinarians on milk quality and mastitis issues, was active in both basic and clinical research, taught in veterinary continuing education and student courses, and supervised their Bilingual Milker Training Program and field technical staff.  In March 2010, Dr. Tikofsky joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. as a Professional Services Veterinarian and serves as sales support, working with the sales force and customers providing dairy technical information and consultation. She also works with product development, field studies and market support for product utilization.  Dr. Tikofsky is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the National Mastitis Council and the American Dairy Science Association.

Robert Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT, DACVIM (Nutrition)

Pennsylvania State University


Evaluating Passive Transfer in Small Ruminants

Robert Van Saun is a Professor of Veterinary Science and Extension Veterinarian with the Department of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University. Robert earned veterinary and Master’s degrees and completed a Theriogenology residency at Michigan State University. He earned a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition from Cornell University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition). He was in private veterinary practice in New York and Michigan and an ambulatory clinician at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. His research and extension programs focus on integration of nutrition, animal health, and productivity and emphasize the critical role of pregnancy nutrition on animal performance across ruminant species.