FARMS Research

Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service Research

Research Mission statement

To foster an environment of academic excellence and rigorous scientific training; this provides a supportive, diverse and cooperative community for graduate students, house-officers and faculty.

Objective

To generate evidence-based knowledge relevant to infectious and non-infectious conditions which compromise the health, welfare and productivity of food-producing animals.

Focus groups/areas of research

  • Population health, disease, prevention & epidemiology
  • Production, reproduction & animal well-being
  • Neonatal health & disease
  • Bioinformatics & applied proteomics
  • Translational research

Research themes

  • Production, reproduction, and epidemiology
  • Population health, bioinformatics, and applied proteomics
  • Livestock health, welfare, prevention, and disease

Service Research Focus

Dr. D. Owen Rae: Current research focus is on M. avium sp paratuberculosis influence in beef cattle populations. This includes the study of diagnostics, cohort population studies, risk assessment, environmental sampling and detection of genetic markers associated with susceptibility (or resistance). Other projects relate to: bull and cow infection with T. foetus, bull development, and heifer/cow development.

Dr. Carlos A. Risco: Postpartum disorders of dairy cattle, reproductive management programs in dairy herds and gossypol toxicity in ruminants have been the focus of his research efforts at the University of Florida. In addition, he has collaborated with Dr. William Thatcher on the development and application of timed artificial insemination in dairy cattle. His research programs have been established individually and in collaboration with others. This collaborative effort has enabled him to attract both extramural and intramural research support. Several of his scientific publications have contributed to the development of management strategies during the postpartum period to improve pregnancy rates in dairy cattle. His work on the effect of gossypol from cottonseed products has contributed to a better understanding of gossypol toxicity in the preruminant dairy calf and the reproductive effect of this toxin in bulls.

Dr. Jorge Hernandez: Currently, his research work is related with the epidemiological aspects of:

  • noscomial infections in hospitalized horses and cattle
  • anhidrosis in horses
  • health and athletic performance in Thoroughbred horses
  • epidemiology and policy of large-scale education, nutrition and health programs in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Klibs Galvão: his research interests are:

  • Reproductive physiology and management
  • Dairy production medicine
  • Transition cow immunology and uterine diseases

Dr. G. Arthur Donovan.  Research interests include dairy herd health management and epidemiology.

Dr. Fiona Maunsell.  Clinical and research interests include general bovine medicine, infectious diseases of calves and mycoplasma infections of cattle and small ruminants, especially Mycoplasma bovis infections. She work in a collaborative research and diagnostic group on mycoplasmal infections as well as with researchers in the Emerging Pathogens Institute on the epidemiology of production animal diseases with public health significance.

Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine (FARM) Service Research Publications

Dr. G. Arthur Donavan Publications Extracted From PubMed

Dr. Jorge Hernandez Publications Extracted From PubMed

Dr. D. Owen Rae Publications Extracted From PubMed

Dr. Carlos A. Risco Publications Extracted From PubMed

Dr. Klibs N. Galvão Publications Extracted From PubMed

Dr. Fiona Maunsell, Extracted from PubMed

Extension Faculty Research

Beef Cattle
Dr. Max Irsik

Dairy Cattle
Dr. Ricardo Chebel

Poultry
Dr. Gary Butcher