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College of Veterinary Medicine

Daniel Thomson

thomason-dJones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology/ Professor

Phone: 785-532-4254
Email: dthomson@vet.k-state.edu

Education and Professional Training

  • Bachelor of Science: Iowa State University
  • Masters of Science: South Dakota State University
  • PhD: Texas Tech University
  • DVM: Iowa State University


Dr. Thomson teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition was recently awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012. 

  • Advanced Feedlot Production Management (4th year)
  • Clinical Nutrition (3rd year)
  • Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine (1st, 2nd, 3rd years)
  • Feedlot Health Systems (Graduate/Undergraduate)
  • Fundamentals of Feedlot Management (2nd year)
  • Diagnostic Methods in Feedlot Management (3rd year)


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, and many others.  He hosts a nationally aired veterinary television show entitled “Doc Talk” that reaches over 45 million homes world-wide.Beef cattle health and well-being.   Dr. Thomson has published 56 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters, 204 abstracts, 73 proceedings and 45 progress reports at professional meetings and delivered 506 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 $34.0 million with $14.7 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator.


Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management.  Currently, he is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  He serves as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, Chairman of the United States ISO OIE animal welfare working group, serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute and the Animal Handling Working Group of the Global Food Safety Initiative and is co-chairman of the North American Food Animal Welfare Commission.  Thomson is the former chair of the OIE Beef Cattle Production and Welfare committee.  Dr. Thomson has been very active working on advisory boards and committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Selected Publications