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James F Lowe

Director, College of Veterinary Medicine i-Learning Center
Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Section Head, Integrated Food Animal Management Systems
Affiliate, Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology

Address and Contact Information

2938 VMBSB
2001 S Lincoln Ave.
M/C 002
Urbana, IL  61802

Education

1991 - Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (with Honors), College of Agriculture, University of Illinois

1994 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (with Honors), College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

2000 - Executive Veterinary Program, Swine Health, University of Illinois

2004 - Master of Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Illinois

              

Professional Certifications

Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Food Animal)

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in 10 states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, South Dakota, Nebraska and Ohio

Academic Positions

2009-2014        Clinical Instructor, Rural Animal Health Management (25%), Office of Public Engagement (10%), University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine

2012-2014       Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine.

2012-present    Adjunct Faculty, Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathology.

2014-2015        Clinical Instructor, Rural Animal Health Management (50%), Office of Public Engagement (10%), University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine

2015-present    Associate Professor, Integrated Food Animal Management Systems (90%), Office of Public Engagement (10%), University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine

2016-present    Section Head, Integrated Food Animal Management Systems, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine.

2016-present    Service Head, Farm Animal Reproduction, Medicine and Surgery, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Industry Positions

1994-1997       Associate Veterinarian, Vet Care Associates PC, Alpha, IL.

1997                Associate Veterinarian, Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., Carthage, IL.

1997-2003       Veterinarian, Member of the Board of Directors, and Shareholder, Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., Carthage, IL.

2003-2007       Director, Health and Production Services, The Maschhoffs LLC., Carlyle, IL.

2007-2014       Veterinarian, Member of the Board of Directors, and Shareholder, Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., Carthage, IL.

2012-present    President and Shareholder, Lowe Consulting Ltd., Mahomet, IL.

2012-present    Owner, Production Animal Consultation LLC., Oakley, KS.

 

Research Interests

The interactions between management strategies and infectious disease occurrence and outcomes in food animal production systems. 

Honors and Awards

Master of the Pork Industry (2012) - National Hog Farmer

Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture (2010) – American Association of Swine Veterinarians

Allen D Leman Science in Practice Award (2007) – University of Minnesota and Pfizer Animal Health

Leadership Positions

Application of clinical science

Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Control and Management

Major achievements

Lead author on the development team to establish “best management practices” for breeding herds infected with PRRS, which has been accepted as the standard of care by the profession

In partnership with Drs. Paul Yeske and Bob Morrison, established the National PRRS Incidence-Prevalence Project (NPIPP)C     Collaboration between 14 production systems with approximately 20% of the US breeding herd

Tracking weekly incidence and prevalence of PRRS infections in real time

First project of its kind and is the only program to give veterinarians and producers real-time, national level epidemiological data about the spread of infectious disease between herds. 

Development team for the Production Animal Disease Risk Assessment Program (PADRAP), which is the accepted bio-security assessment tool for swine herds in North America.

State-wide collaborative disease management

Major achievements

Development of a state wide surveillance system (Illinois Swine Health Network) to track in real time the occurrence, locations and genetics of PRRS, PEDV and Influenza A virus (IAV) in swine herds across the state of Illinois.

Fully funded by industry

Collaborative project between individual producers, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), allied industry, AASV Members and the University of Illinois

Develop the data collection methods, infrastructure and collaborations between producers, veterinarians, academia, state veterinarians and USDA staff to facilitate investigations of disease transmission in a collaborative way and employing the best experts available

Clinical discovery

Active influenza surveillance in growing swine herds

Major achievements

Partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, U. of Minnesota and production systems

Frist large scale program to look at active sampling of asymptomatic pigs across multiple geographic areas representing swine populations across the US

Sampled >30 growing pig sites monthly for 2 years

Assess the background infection rate and genetic diversity of IAV in the US growing pig population.  

PhD project completed

Understanding of sources of IAV introduction into closed production systems

Major achievements

Partnership with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital  and production systems

First program to look at active sampling of asymptomatic pigs at multiple stages of production across four closed production systems

Completing full genome sequences on the approximately 1200 rrtPCR positive samples of the 25,000 samples collected.

First documentation of IAV gene movement within and between farms over an extended period of time. 

Clinical services delivery

Duties

Leader of attending veterinarians to provide welfare and regulatory oversight, diagnostic services, standard health plan monitoring and disease outbreak investigations to over 80 breeding herds with more than 220,000 breeding sows located in nine states

Responsibilities

Development of evidence based plans for prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Aligning the veterinary care team around a standard approach to providing services

Managing health data creation and output

Communication with stakeholders across and outside production companies

Major achievements

Development of an Electronic Medical Records system based on LEAN manufacturing principles to facilitate evidence based monitoring of herd health and communication with key stakeholders.

Conducted numerous large-scale, multi-herd disease control and elimination programs for PRRS, A. pleuronomoniae, and most recently Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV).

Development of a commercial diagnostic data management system (Health Information Management System, www.himsdx.com) to coordinate submissions, and data aggregation of laboratory submissions across all key veterinary diagnostic labs for swine and beef producers.  The system in currently employed in systems representing over 15% of the US swine herd.

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