Dr. Dan Thomson
Jones Professor of Production Medicine & Epidemiology
Kansas State University
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.
Dr. Mike Apley
Professor of Pharmacology
Kansas State University
After beginning as a general practice veterinarian, Dr. Apley worked at a feedlot consulting/contract research practice in Colorado, before joining the faculty at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005 Dr. Apley joined Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine as a professor of veterinary clinical sciences. At KSU, he teaches beef production medicine, large-animal medicine and pharmacology courses. He conducts industry research focused on infectious disease, antibiotic efficiency and resistance, drug residues and applications of drugs in food animals. Dr. Apley is an expert on the use of pharmaceutical drugs in food animals and feedlot animal health.
Dr. Guy Loneragan
Professor of Epidemiology
Texas Tech University
Guy Loneragan is a veterinary epidemiologist and Professor of Food Safety and Public Health and at Texas Tech University. Loneragan’s research mission is to improve animal and public health by identification and exploration of solutions that address society’s challenges.
Loneragan’s current research portfolio includes characterization of pre-harvest practices that can be implemented in complex agri-food systems to effect meaningfully control food-borne pathogens and antimicrobial drug resistance. Loneragan also works to evaluate population data to discover factors that can be used as management tools to improve animal health and wellbeing.