Notes on editors and contributors

In: Pathways to Health and Disease for Dairy Cows
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Notes on editors and contributors

Arie Brand

was a farmer’s son who graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University (the Netherlands) in 1958. He started his career in a veterinary practice and moved for a short period to the veterinary industry before receiving an assignment at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University. During this phase of his career, he became a professor in veterinary medicine. Under his guidance, 17 people finished their PhD, of whom 10 became (Associate) Professor at various universities around the world. At the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht he established the new department ‘Herd health and production management’. At this department, students were taught to base advisory work on the performance (= output) of cows. At first, this was restricted to the analysis of herd data on fertility (enabled by the VAMPP computer program) and was later extended to the analysis of data on udder and claw health. During his academic career, he contributed to 155 publications.

After his retirement in 1995, Arie continued to develop his thoughts and skills and continued to give education to students and veterinary practitioners. New insights brought him to the conclusion that the current veterinary approach to dairy herd health and production management was wrong. He made a real ‘U-turn’ in his thinking and concluded that the only sound way to approach dairy herd health and performance is by analyzing the management and environmental conditions (= input) at the farm. The ambition to share this new approach with other veterinarians and farm advisors motivated him to write the book Herd health and production management in dairy practice in 1996, and to publish the book Pathways to health and disease for dairy cows in 2023.

Unfortunately, Arie Brand passed away in November 2022 at the respectable age of 91, shortly before this new book was finished. The first chapter gives an outline of his ideas and thoughts and therefore carries his signature.

Rik A.M. Hendriks

graduated in July 1992 from the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University, and in January 1995 he became co-owner of the veterinary clinic Ell. He started his career as a ‘general’ veterinary practitioner, but gradually focused on dairy cows as a bovine practitioner. During this trajectory, his path crossed that of Arie Brand on one of Arie’s courses. The new approach appeared to be an enormous trigger to start reading scientific papers and applying Arie’s new approach in his daily work with dairy farmers. Currently, he combines regular veterinary work, nutritional advice, and giving education to final-year students from the veterinary faculties of Utrecht (Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium) at his veterinary clinic, with advisory work for a nationally operating insurance company, and giving classes and workshops for farmers and veterinary practitioners via diRiktion.

Math J.H. Geelen

is Emeritus Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University (the Netherlands). His PhD degree focused on hypomagnesemia and nutrition tetany in dairy cows. His research areas concerned intermediary metabolism and its derailments: (1) regulation of synthesis and oxidation of fatty acids (metabolic and hormonal); (2) regulation of glycerolipid synthesis; (3) regulation of cholesterol synthesis; (4) regulation of gluconeogenesis; (5) effects of hypolipidemic and antidiabetic drugs on hepatic intermediary metabolism; and (6) fatty liver following abuse of alcohol, consumption of mycotoxins, partial hepatectomy and postpartum in dairy cows. His teaching areas were biochemistry and laboratory diagnosis (clinical chemistry). Back in 1999, Arie Brand involved Math Geelen in his idea of writing a book on fatty liver in dairy cows. Over the years, Rik Hendriks joined in, the initial idea further evolved, and finally resulted in the publication of this book.

Barry J. Bradford

completed dual Bachelor’s degrees at Iowa State University and a doctorate in animal nutrition at Michigan State University. He served on the faculty at Kansas State University from 2006 to 2019, and in 2020 he returned to Michigan State as the Clint Meadows Chair in Dairy Management. His research focuses on dairy cattle nutrition and metabolism, with a particular emphasis on attempting to translate novel findings in fundamental metabolic physiology into practical applications in animal agriculture. Contributions by Bradford’s group have largely focused on dietary utilization of byproducts in lactation diets, the physiological impacts of systemic postpartum inflammation, and the roles of nutrients as signals. Working closely with 25 graduate students and post-doctoral scholars as well as dozens of collaborators, he has contributed to more than 115 refereed publications and shared those findings in more than 170 invited presentations around the world.

Sven Dänicke

is head of the in Braunschweig situated Institute of Animal Nutrition, of the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (one of the institutes of the German Federal Research Institute of Animal Health). Furthermore, he is a lecturer for feed safety at the Agricultural Faculty of Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. He studied Animal Production, Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine at the Universities of Leipzig, Halle-Wittenberg and Hannover in Germany, and obtained the degrees Dr agr. habil. and Dr med. vet. and is Recognized Specialist in Animal Nutrition and Dietetics. Currently, he is a member of the Society of Nutrition Physiology, the German Society of Mycotoxin Research, and the World’s Poultry Science Association. He is also an editorial board member of the journals Archives of Animal Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry Research, Mycotoxin Research, European Poultry Science, Animals (MDPI), Dairy (MDPI), and Topical Collection Editor of Toxins (MDPI). His major research interests are animal nutrition, nutritional physiology, immuno-nutrition, and mycotoxins.

Jesse P. Goff

served at Iowa State University and USDA-ARS, National Animal Disease Center from 1985 to 2020. He conducted research on metabolic diseases of animals and the effect these diseases had on infectious disease resistance, with the emphasis on dairy cows. He also did basic and applied research on milk fever and other mineral disorders of dairy, swine, and poultry. Currently, he is examining the potential of vitamin D analogs to prevent/treat cancer and immune-mediated disease. Furthermore, he is pursuing research to develop methods to improve immune function in the dairy cow around the time of calving to prevent diseases such as mastitis, metritis, and retained placenta. He continues to do work on the effects of subclinical hypocalcemia in the periparturient cow. He teaches nutrition courses, physiology and histology courses and teaches 4th-year students during dairy production medicine rotations. He served on National Research Council committees to revise the 7th edition of the Nutrient Requirement of Dairy Cows and the 2nd edition of Mineral Tolerance of Domestic Animals. He is section Editor and author of ‘Duke’s Physiology of Domestic Animals’. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and has published 140 peer-reviewed research papers.

Angel Abuelo

obtained his veterinary and PhD degrees from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and a Master’s in veterinary education from the Royal Veterinary College (United Kingdom). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the European College of Bovine Health Management, and an Associate Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is Associate Professor of Cattle Health and Dairy Extension Veterinarian at the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on strategies to improve host resilience during periods of increased disease risk in dairy cattle: the neonatal and periparturient periods. At MSU, he maintains federally funded research and extension programs, contributes to the clinical training of final-year veterinary students, and provides continuing education to veterinarians.

Peter L.A.M. Vos

DVM PhD, ECAR Diplomate, obtained his veterinary degree in 1986, started his career in large animal practices and in 1988 he was employed as junior researcher at the University Utrecht, Faculty Veterinary Medicine to join the project on Ovum Pick Up/IVP technology in cows. In 1994 he defended his PhD thesis on superovulation/embryo transfer in relation to oocyte and embryo quality in the bovine. He is Associate Professor in the field of Reproduction and Reproductive technologies at the Department of Population Health Science, Division Farm Animal Health, Section Reproduction as recognized European specialist Animal Reproduction and is senior staff member and lecturer in the group Sustainable Ruminant Health teaching reproductive physiology and assisted reproductive technologies, including clinical fertility and obstetrics to Bachelor and Master veterinary students. As senior and principal investigator of the FVM research group Fertility and Reproduction, his research focusses on the interactions between nutrition and metabolic stress on reproductive processes, particularly the effects on oocyte and embryo quality, in dairy cows.

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