Dr. Hans Coetzee

Dr. Hans Coetzee

University Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Department Head

BVSc 1996, University of Pretoria
PhD 2005, Iowa State University

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Dr. Hans Coetzee is a Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University. He was awarded his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996. After graduation he worked for four years in mixed animal practice in Northern Ireland, followed by two years in pharmaceutical research and development at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. He earned a Specialist Certificate in Cattle Health and Production from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London) in 2000 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Microbiology from Iowa State University in 2005. He holds dual board certification in the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and American College of Animal Welfare and is a European Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. His professional interests include the development of pain assessment techniques and practical analgesic drug regimens for use in food animals. He has received more $21 million in research funding and in 2022 became one of the youngest Kansas State University faculty members ever to achieve the title of University Distinguished Professor. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters.