2020 Update for Veterinarians Program
June 16

Update for Veterinarians

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Update for Veterinarians was held virtually on June 16, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no charge. Six hours of continuing education credits have been approved.

Info for attendees

Dr. Dan Thomson – Changing Industry Leads to Changing Health Challenges for Cattle.
Recorded presentation. (1:46:50)

Dr. Rachel Ruden – Wildlife and the Disease Landscape in Southern Iowa.
Recorded presentation. (1:48:35)

Dr. Renee Dewell – Practical Application of Pain Management in Beef Cattle Practice.
Recorded presentation. (1:06:15)

Dr. Scott Radke – ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Toxicology Update.
Recorded presentation. (0:31:09)

Dr. Drew Magstadt – ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Recorded presentation. (0:33:59)


Speakers and bios
Dr. Dan Thomson – Professor and Chair, Animal Science Department, Iowa State University Department
Dr. Dan U. Thomson is a third generation bovine veterinarian from Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science and DVM from Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson completed a MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Thomson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science Department at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson previously held the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has served as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, sits on the YUM! Animal Welfare Council, chairs the Animal Welfare Committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of Tyson Fresh Meats.

Dr. Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, CO. He then served as the Director of Animal Health and Well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Dr. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Texas. Thomson is an owner/partner in PAC veterinary and research services which oversees the veterinary care, health and well-being for 20% of the U.S. cattle of feed.

Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management. Dr. Thomson has published 114 peer-reviewed papers and delivered 874 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 $35.3 million with $16.0 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator. 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, Meating Place and many others.

Dr. Thomson teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition. He received the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012 along with the Teaching Excellence award from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2019. In 2015, Thomson was awarded the National BQA Educator award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He is the founder and director of the Executive Veterinary Program for Beef Cattle Practitioners in a partnership with the University of Illinois and teaches in the Feedlot Short Course each year produced by the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University.

Thomson is the founder and host of Doc Talk, a nationally aired beef cattle health veterinary show on television. He has hosted over 400 episodes of the show in its ninth season that reaches over 45 million homes worldwide.

Dr. Rachel Ruden – Wildlife Veterinarian, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; Affiliate Assistant Professor, VDL/VDPAM, Iowa State University
Dr. Ruden earned a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University (2012) and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 as a food animal major with a Certificate in Veterinary Public Health. Dr. Ruden then went on to complete a PhD in Wildlife Disease Ecology at Iowa State University. She started in July 2019 as the first wildlife veterinarian for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and as Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Iowa State University VDL/VDPAM.

Dr. Renee Dewell – Veterinary Specialist, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University
Dr. Dewell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. She owned and operated a private mobile, large animal veterinary clinic for three years. She completed an internship at the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC) under the mentorship of Drs. Gary Rupp and Dee Griffin. While at GPVEC, Reneé worked as a clinical instructor and earned a master’s degree in Veterinary Science (epidemiology emphasis) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed the Beef Cattle Production Management Program. Following her completion of her MS, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Animal Population Health Institute at CSU and served as a staff veterinarian at Horton Feedlot and Research Center in Wellington, Colorado. Since joining ISU in 2009, she has worked in the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) on topics related to biological risk management for beef cattle as well as disaster preparedness and response issues with production animals. Her primary research responsibilities have focused on cattle handling, practical pain management and production and health management of cattle. Dr. Dewell serves on several committees and leadership roles in the AVC, the AABP, the IVMA, and the AVMA.

Dr. Scott Radke – Clinical Assistant Professor, VDL/VDPAM, Iowa State University
Dr. Radke is a 2016 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is originally from Aurelia, IA where he grew up on his family’s crop and hog farm. He attended Buena Vista University where he received his BS degree in biology in 2012. Following veterinary school, Dr. Radke pursued a post-doctoral toxicology residency in the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory within the toxicology and nutrition section where he later received his MS in Toxicology from Iowa State University in 2018.

Dr. Drew Magstadt – Clinical Assistant Professor, VDL/VDPAM, Iowa State University
Dr. Magstadt was raised on a 350-head cow/calf operation in central North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State University and received his DVM at Iowa State University in 2011. After 2 years of practice at a mixed animal clinic in southeast Iowa, he returned to Iowa State to complete a pathology residency and obtained a master’s degree in veterinary microbiology. He has been a clinical assistant professor/diagnostician at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory since 2015. In addition to coordinating tissue case submissions to the lab, Dr. Magstadt also coordinates molecular testing for Johne’s disease as well as the testing of ear notch samples for BVDV.

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.