EVP BEEF

Building on Tradition

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Register today to join the premier EVP-Beef class. We look forward to seeing you in Olathe.

EVP will meet every other month for two days each (Thursday and Friday). All sessions will be held at the Kansas State University Olathe Campus in Olathe, Kansas.

  • April 20-21, 2017
  • June 15-16, 2017
  • August 24-25, 2017
  • October 12-13, 2017
  • December 14-15, 2017
  • February 15-16, 2018
  • April 12-13, 2018
  • June 14-15, 2018
  • August 16-17, 2018
  • October 18-19, 2018

Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. EVP class members are responsible for making all personal travel arrangements. Travel and lodging information will be sent upon registration.

Tuition for registrations placed by January 15, 2017, is $9,500; a deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration. Tuition for registrations placed after January 15th is $10,500; a deposit of $1,500 is due at the time of registration. The balance is payable in five installments of $1,800 each on:
April 20, 2017
August 24, 2017
December 14, 2017
April 12, 2018
August 16, 2018

Registration includes all program materials, daily breakfasts and lunches, and one dinner per module.

Admission Requirements

A DVM degree with at least two years of work experience are prerequisites for participation.

Technical Requirements

A laptop or tablet with Microsoft Office products and wireless capability;Access to Internet connection; and
An easily-accessed email account.

 Daniel Thomson

Dan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian and is an internationally recognized expert and leader in beef cattle production and health management. 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.

Dr. Thomson is the global co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute.

 

Jim Lowe

Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management.

Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

 

Mike Apley

Dr. Apley began his veterinary medicine career with a general practice in central Kansas, followed by a feedlot consulting/contract research practice in Colorado. Dr. Apley has conducted industry research focusing on infectious disease, antibiotic efficiency and resistance, drug residues and applications of drugs in food animals. He is well-known for his work with veterinarians and producers throughout the United States regarding the use of pharmaceutical drugs in food animals, as well as feedlot health.

 

Tom Noffsinger

Dr. Noffsinger earned his DVM from Colorado State University in 1973. He has over 32 years of experience in beef cattle practice and is now an independent feedlot consultant specializing in facility design, stockmanship, and low-stress livestock handling.

Dr. Noffsinger is an owner/member of Production Animal Consultation, Pierson Precision Auscultation, and the Cattle Performance Enhancement Company. He was the recipient of the 2001 Consultant of the Year award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants for his work at PAC.

 

Guy Loneragan

Guy is a veterinary epidemiologist and Professor of Food Safety and Public Health at Texas Tech University whose 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.

 

Chris Reinhardt

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Reinhardt received a B.S. in Meat and Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin (1988,) an M.S. in Nutrition from Texas A&M University (1991,) and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Kansas State University (1994.) Dr. Reinhardt’s focus has been on nutritional and hormonal manipulation of body composition and beef quality. After 11 years in the feed and animal health industries working throughout the High Plains and Northern Plains, he came back to K-State in 2005 as the Extension Feedlot Specialist with a 80% extension: 20% research appointment.  In his spare time Chris enjoys hunting, church activities, playing guitar with friends, and his family.

 

Chris Chase

Dr. Christopher Chase is a professor at South Dakota State University. Dr. Chase’s research has been directed at understanding the initial events of viral infections to develop better methods for preventing virus infections in animals. He also has applied the tools of molecular biology to developing better methods of detecting disease producing organisms. He also has an interest in the emerging diseases of wildlife origin. His clinical experience is with cow-calf, feedlot, and hog herd health.

 

Brian Aldridge

Dr. Brian Aldridge is a Clinical Professor in Rural Animal Health Management at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Brian’s principal clinical interests are in farm animal medicine and the interface between health and production in growing animals. His primary research interests are in adaptive and transitional health in young animals. He also has a strong enthusiasm for teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to the advancement of animal health, welfare and production globally.

 

Larry Firkins

Dr. Larry Firkins is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Public Engagement at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his time at the University, Dr. Firkins has focused his teaching efforts on the integration of practical business skills into the veterinary curriculum.   Earlier this year, he was named to the List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students for the 55th time.  Firkins has given over 140 international presentations in 15 countries, over 500 presentations throughout the US.

Program Organization

EVP is a comprehensive interdisciplinary certificate program distinct from many traditional educational programs. Ten interactive learning modules will be held every other month for two days each (Thursday and Friday). In the time between each module, participants are expected to complete assigned work while applying the information in their workplace. Modules are organized sequentially to enhance the integration of the subject matter.

The EVP instructors are nationally recognized experts in the field, from both academia and industry. Handouts, readings, and practical assignments for both individuals and groups will be assigned by the instructors. Between modules there will be regular communication between the program participants, EVP instructors, and program staff.

Program Goals

  • Participate in a unique educational experience for beef cattle veterinarians while improving your diagnostic, management and leadership skills.
  • Enhance decision making abilities through the transfer of a critical set of knowledge and skills.
  • Master the principles utilized on a daily basis in providing value to the beef cattle industry.
  • Become a member of a network of veterinary leaders that advances idea sharing and promotes dialogue on key issues facing the ever-changing beef industry.

Program Modules

APRIL 20-21, 2017

The foundation of improving medical and production outcomes is using the available data to extract the most value. In this module we will explore tools and though process to use the ever increasing volume of medical and production data to generate the most effective and repeatable outcomes in all of your client’s herds.

Speakers: Jim Lowe and Brian Aldridge
Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management.

Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

 

Dr. Brian Aldridge is a Clinical Professor in the Integrated Food Animal Management Systems, in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Brian is passionate about teaching and learning and has helped facilitate the development of several new veterinary school curriculums. He is currently part of the team developing the curriculum for the new College of Medicine at the University of Illinois which is a partnership between Carle Foundation Hospital and the College of Engineering.  The new med school is a novel curriculum that is based on applying systems based thinking and the principles of engineering to training medical students. Dr. Aldridge was also instrumental in developing the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Sustainable Food Production Through Livestock Health Management” that has engaged over 15,000 learers to date from all over the world.

Brian’s principal clinical interests are in farm animal medicine and the interface between health and production in growing animals. His primary research interests are in adaptive and transitional health in young animals.

JUNE 15-16, 2017

Both the occurrence of disease and its detection are influenced by the choices we make as animal caregivers. In this module we will explore techniques and approaches to improving animal confidence and disease detection that lead to lower morbidity, lower case fatality rates and fewer worker injuries.

Speaker: Tom Noffsinger

Dr. Noffsinger earned his DVM from Colorado State University in 1973. He has over 32 years of experience in beef cattle practice and is now an independent feedlot consultant specializing in facility design, stockmanship, and low-stress livestock handling.

Dr. Noffsinger is an owner/member of Production Animal Consultation, Pierson Precision Auscultation, and the Cattle Performance Enhancement Company. He was the recipient of the 2001 Consultant of the Year award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants for his work at PAC.

Module 2 is sponsored by Merck

DECEMBER 14-15, 2017

Treating disease and designing effective treatment programs is a core responsibility of veterinarians.  In this module we will explore what effective therapeutic plans look like and how to build evidenced based  treatment SOP’s.

Speaker: Mike Apley
Dr. Mike Apley is a professor at Kansas State University where he teaches beef production medicine, large-animal medicine, and clinical pharmacology courses. Mike Apley’s research focuses on infectious disease, antibiotic efficiency and resistance, drug residues, and applications of drugs in food animals. He is esteemed for his work regarding the use of pharmaceutical drugs in food animals and feedlot health.

In 2013, Dr. Apley received an Outstanding Service Award “for dedicating his career to improving animal health and veterinary medicine by sharing his insights and expertise on antibiotic use in livestock” from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He has also received the Kansas State University Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association KSU Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and the Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring in 2008 and the Bayer Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award in 2007, the latter two from the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2007, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine named him one of the most influential veterinarians in the cattle feeding industry for his years of research and dedication. Apley is also a contributing editor to Beef Magazine. In 2013, he was named on a list of 20 influential beef and dairy veterinarians by BovineVetOnline.com. In 2014, Dr. Apley was listed as one of the “Top 15 Large Animal Vet Professors” by VetTechColleges.com.

Module 5 is sponsored by Elanco

OCTOBER 12-13, 2017

In modern production systems there is a plethora of data about system performance.  Other professionals have been very successful in using that data to improve their management approaches. Because of the indirect impacts of health changes on performance metrics, veterinarians have been less aggressive in using performance data to measure health outcomes.  In this module we will explore the principles behind performance evaluations and how to use simple tools that allow you to assess the impact of health strategy on performance.

Speakers: Dan Thomson and Jim Lowe
Dan Thomson Dan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian and is an internationally recognized expert and leader in beef cattle production and health management. 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.

Dr. Thomson is the global co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute.

 

Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management.

Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

 

AUGUST 24-25, 2017

Preventing disease should be the foundation of all good health management systems. In this module we will explore how to measure disease occurrence, what factors contribute to the spread of disease, how systems can be designed to control disease spread and tools that can estimate the value of specific disease control and prevention measures.

guy_L_photoSpeaker: Guy Loneragan
Guy Loneragan is a veterinary epidemiologist.  He received his BVSc from the University of Sydney and postgraduate training from Colorado State University.  He now serves as a Professor and interim Vice President for Research at Texas Tech University.  Loneragan’s research focuses societal challenges specifically related to the connection of animal and public health.  His research portfolio includes exploration of approaches that control food-borne pathogens and antimicrobial drug resistance in agri-food systems.  Loneragan also works to characterize modifiable factors that influence animal health and welfare.

Module 3 is sponsored by Diamond V

FEBRUARY 15-16, 2018

Understanding and improving the host’s response to disease challenges is a core disease prevention tool. In this module we will explore how the host resistance mechanisms function and the principles of how to apply vaccines and other tools in the most effective manner.

Speaker: Chris Chase
Dr. Christopher Chase is a professor at South Dakota State University. Dr. Chase’s research has been directed at understanding the initial events of viral infections to develop better methods for preventing virus infections in animals. He also has applied the tools of molecular biology to developing better methods of detecting disease producing organisms. He also has an interest in the emerging diseases of wildlife origin. His clinical experience is with cow-calf, feedlot, and hog herd health.

Module 6 is sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim

APRIL 12-13, 2018

To be effective as veterinarians, we must get work done through others. In this module we will explore our own leadership style and those of others to learn how we can most effectively create impact in our own businesses and those of our customers.

Speaker: Larry Firkins 

Dr. Larry Firkins is a Professor and the Associate Dean for Public Engagement at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his time at the University, Dr. Firkins has focused his teaching efforts on the integration of practical business skills into the veterinary curriculum.   Earlier this year, he was named to the List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students for the 55th time.  Firkins has given over 140 international presentations in 15 countries, over 500 presentations throughout the US.

JUNE 14-15, 2018

The interactions between nutrition, health and performance are numerous.  In this module we will explore those interactions, how management programs can be adjusted to address both health and nutrition considerations and effective communication strategies for working with nutritionists.

Speaker: Chris Reinhardt 

A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Reinhardt received a B.S. in Meat and Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin (1988,) an M.S. in Nutrition from Texas A&M University (1991,) and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Kansas State University (1994.) Dr. Reinhardt’s focus has been on nutritional and hormonal manipulation of body composition and beef quality. After 11 years in the feed and animal health industries working throughout the High Plains and Northern Plains, he came back to K-State in 2005 as the Extension Feedlot Specialist with a 80% extension: 20% research appointment.  In his spare time Chris enjoys hunting, church activities, playing guitar with friends, and his family.

Module 8 is sponsored by Zinpro

AUGUST 16-17, 2018

Many other industries have adopted systematic systems to design, implement and measure management plans for their businesses. In this module we will explore how the theory of constraints and LEAN management tools can be applied to food production systems including effective SOP development and routine system assessment tools.

Speaker: Jim Lowe

Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management.

Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

Module 9 is sponsored by Merck 

OCTOBER 18-19, 2018

We live in an ever changing world where our customers have different attribute based demands for the food that they buy than they did in the past. In this module we will explore the societal expectations for food producers, how animal Ag has improved environmental stability and food security, how our customers are measuring our performance and how the consumer views food producers.

Speakers: Dan Thomson and Jim Lowe

Dan Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian and is an internationally recognized expert and leader in beef cattle production and health management. 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.

Dr. Thomson is the global co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee and serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute.

 

Dr. Lowe is an associate professor at the University of Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2000 graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management.

Dr. Lowe maintains an active international consulting practice focused on implementing systematic management solutions. His research focuses on understanding and modifying production systems to minimize the impact of disease.

Module 10 is sponsored by Diamond V

Program Registration

Tuition for registrations placed by January 15, 2017, is $9,500; a deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration. Tuition for registrations placed after January 15, 2017, is $10,500; a deposit of $1,500 is due at the time of registration. The balance is payable in five installments of $1,800 each on:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018

Register online by creating an account. You will be asked to fill out the online form and return to this form each time that you need to make an installment payment. Tuition may also be paid in full.

SPONSORS

Thank you to the sponsors of EVP Beef.

Module 2: Merck

Module 3: Diamond V

Module 5: Elanco

Module 6: Boehringer-Ingelheim

Module 8: Zinpro

Module 9: Merck 

Module 10: Diamond V

Course Materials

Class participants can access their course materials here.