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Todd Duffield named Chair, Department of Population Medicine

Dr. Todd Duffield has been selected as the incoming Chair for the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College.

Todd graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in 1990 and practiced as a large animal veterinarian in a dairy practice in eastern Ontario.  . He returned to OVC in 1994 and completed a Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) degree in 1997.

Since the Fall of 2000 Duffield has been a Professor in the Department of Population Medicine. He teaches in to all four phases of the of the undergraduate veterinary program and works 1 to 2 days per week in the OVC Ruminant Field Service Veterinary Practice, where he also serves as Clinic Head and Service Chief.

He is actively involved in dairy research, graduate student training and teaching. He has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed articles on several aspects of dairy health management including transition cow metabolic disease, use of monensin in dairy cattle, production limiting diseases (Johne’s disease, Neospora abortion), and more recently strategies for minimizing pain in cattle. He has spoken on many of these areas of dairy health management in several countries including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Australia, and Japan. Todd was on study/research leave with Dr. Ian Lean at Strategic Bovine Services in Camden, Australia in 2007 investigating meta-analysis methods. He is the recipient of the 2012 CVMA Merck Award for contributing significantly to the advancement of herd health management in Canada. Todd was also recently honoured as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

The appointment will be effective September 1, 2017.