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College of Veterinary Medicine

CORE - Primary Faculty

Raghavendra AmachawadiRaghavendra Amachawadi, BVSc, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor, Food Animal Therapeutics
(785) 532-4356

Dr. Amachawadi’s research interests are in antimicrobial resistance in gut commensals and foodborne pathogens of swine and cattle production systems. Specifically, on understanding the mechanisms involved in the propagation and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance and on the role of non-antibiotic alternatives in contribution and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in gut bacteria of cattle and swine. His research interests also include both aerobic and or anaerobic bacterial flora of liver abscesses and its prevention in feedlot cattle. He teaches Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology and Antimicrobial Stewardship courses and mentors DVM, MS, and PhD students.

David AmrineDavid Amrine, DVM, PhD

Research Director, Beef Cattle Institute
(785) 532-7467

Dr. Amrine’s research focuses on the development, management, and use of production feedlot data warehouses to improve animal health and well-being.  His interests are in utilizing these large data pools to develop predictive models and visualizations aimed at increasing health and production in the livestock industries.

Nora BelloNora M. Bello, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
(785) 532-0523

Dr. Bello’s research focus is in the development and application of linear mixed models, with emphasis on hierarchical Bayesian implementations and applications motivated by problems in animal agriculture and veterinary epidemiology. Of particular interest is the hierarchical modeling of sources of heterogeneity at multiple levels, including means, variances and covariances/correlations across levels of the data structure to capture the inherently multidimensional complexity of production systems.

Natalia CernicchiaroNatalia Cernicchiaro, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Associate Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

(785) 532-4241

Dr. Cernicchiaro's research focus is on the application of epidemiological concepts and methods, including multi-level modeling and knowledge synthesis and translation techniques, to design, implement and interpret observational and experimental studies pertaining to food safety, zoonoses, arthropod-borne diseases and production medicine. She teaches basic and advanced epidemiology courses and mentors students in the MPH, MS, and PhD programs.

Chuck DoddChuck Dodd, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVPM-Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Director of Outreach for the College of Veterinary Medicine
(785) 532-4604

Dr. Dodd’s areas of interest include the application of epidemiology and risk analysis to improve global animal health/well-being and validate pre-harvest food safety interventions.

Steve DritzSteve Dritz, DVM, PhD

Professor, Swine Production and Nutrition
(785) 532-4202

Dr. Dritz uses field-based research to solve current problems facing swine producers. He is experienced managing data collection using sophisticated experimental designs and analysis in field settings. In addition, Dr. Dritz teaches a foundation level data management course (DMP 830) focused on a variety of population-based disciplines in veterinary medicine and animal production.

HanzlicekGregg A. Hanzlicek, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor
Interim Associate Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

(785) 532-4853

Dr. Hanzlicek’s interests include designing and implementing bovine herd disease surveillance programs, bovine herd disease management,  and production medicine record analysis. He is involved in veterinary outreach, field research, and conducting herd field disease investigations.

Bob LarsonBob L. Larson, DVM, PhD, ACT, ACVPM-Epi, ACAN

Professor, Coleman Chair Food Animal Production Medicine
(785) 532-4257

Dr. Larson’s primary area of interest is the integration of cattle health, production efficiency, and economic considerations in order to improve the long-term sustainability of beef producers. He mentors graduate students in production medicine, epidemiology, and public health, and he teaches veterinary and graduate courses in epidemiology, reproduction, production medicine, and experimental design.

Dustin L. PendellDustin L. Pendell, PhD

Professor, Agricultural Economics
(785) 532-3525

Dr. Pendell’s research focuses on economic issues related to animal health that span from the producer through the supply chain to the final consumer. He teaches a course in data analysis and optimization.

Dustin L. PendellRam K. Raghavan, PhD

Assistant Professor, GIS/Spatial Epidemiology
(785) 532-5618

Dr. Raghavan studies the frequency and distribution of vector-borne/zoonotic diseases over temporal and spatial scales. He utilizes Geographic Information Science (GIS), Remote Sensing and Bayesian hierarchical spatio-temporal models as his primary tools of discovery, and conducts field and laboratory research aimed at understanding climate-change impacts on human and veterinary health.

David RenterDavid G. Renter, DVM, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology
(785) 532-4801 

Dr. Renter’s outcomes-based research enables valid data-driven decisions to improve animal health/well-being, food safety, production efficiency, and economic viability of animal health systems.  He teaches epidemiology and mentors students in DVM, MPH, MS, and PhD programs.

Michael SandersonMichael W. Sanderson DVM, MS, DACVPM-Epidemiology

Professor, Epidemiology and Beef Production
Associate Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology
(785) 532-4264

Dr Sanderson’s research is focused on health, well-being and decreased production in beef production enterprises, through the application of epidemiology, risk analysis and disease modeling to facilitate optimal decision making.  He teaches Epidemiology, Disease Modeling, Beef Production and mentors DVM, MS, MPH and PhD students.


Ted SchroederTed C. Schroeder, PhD

Professor, Agricultural Economics
Director, Center for Risk Management Education and Research

(785) 532-4488

Dr. Schroeder conducts economic analysis to address issues of importance to the livestock and meat industry. Emphases include economics of animal health, food safety, and market and demand analysis. He teaches courses in agricultural marketing and risk management and directs the Center for Risk Management Education and Research.

Glynn TonsorGlynn Tonsor, PhD

Professor & Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics

(785) 532-1518

Dr. Tonsor’s current efforts are primarily devoted to a range of integrated research and extension activities with particular focus on the cattle/beef and swine/pork industries. His broader interests cover aspects throughout the meat supply chain ranging from production level supply issues to end-user consumer demand issues.

Victoriya Volkova

Victoriya Volkova, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
(785) 532-6321

Dr. Volkova researches the epidemiology and drivers of bacterial antimicrobial resistance. She focuses on how antimicrobial use in farm animals interacts with the bacterial ecology and genetics in creating the patterns of resistance in animal bacteria, how to survey the use and resistance, and to lessen resistance transfer between animal, human and environmental bacteria.

Brad WhiteBrad White, DVM, MS

Professor, Beef Production Medicine
Director, Beef Cattle Institute
(785) 532-4243

Dr. White is part of an active research team working to improve cattle health and well-being.  The primary research focus is bovine respiratory disease with emphasis on production efficiency and economic viability of animal well-being decisions.  Dr. White teaches electives in production medicine, cow-calf medicine, and rural business management.