DCRC members can vote when registering for the annual meeting, or by email ballot.  Please download the PDF ballot form and email to Kristy Mach.

Please note the candidates are listed in alphabetical order under the position for which they are running.

VICE PRESIDENT

The vice president enters a 2-year commitment to the board of directors, ascending to the presidency in the second year.

Douglas S. Hammon, DVM, PhD
Managing Veterinarian
Dairy Technical Services, ZOETIS
Squaw Valley, Calif.

I am Doug Hammon, DVM, PhD and I serve as a Managing Veterinarian for the ZOETIS Dairy Technical Services team. I am honored to be a candidate for the role of Vice President of Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council and for the opportunity to serve the DCRC and its members. I graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. While earning my PhD in animal science (Reproductive Biology), I worked as a clinical resident veterinarian for the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary sciences at Utah State University. Upon receiving my PhD in 1998, I joined the faculty at Utah State University Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences. I joined the Pfizer/ ZOETIS Dairy Technical Services team in 2005. I have experience as a clinical veterinarian, veterinary consultant, academic instructor and researcher and have had the privilege to advise students, dairy producers, and veterinarians to help enhance overall cow health and profitability of dairy herds.

Throughout my career, my clinical and research efforts have focused primarily on dairy cattle reproductive health, uterine health, transition cow management, and calf health. In addition, I have published peer-reviewed articles focusing in those areas.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute to the advancement of dairy cattle reproduction and health through collaboration and team work with the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council leadership and its members.

I live with my wife Kate and four daughters in the Sierra Foothills of Central California.

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Gláucio Lopes, DVM, MS
Alta Genetics

Dear DCRC community, my name is Glaucio Lopes. I earned my DVM from a prestigious university in Brazil in 2006, and a Master of Science degree in physiology of reproduction from the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011. Currently, I manage the Alta University Program, an external training opportunity developed by Alta Genetics Inc. for progressive dairy managers and producers around the globe. In my role, I am also responsible for Alta’s internal training program.

I am honored and excited to be a candidate for the vice-president position of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, an organization that I proudly served in the past on the education committee, and that I advocate in favor of, every time I have an opportunity. After graduating from my veterinary school, I practiced in the countryside of Brazil for a couple of years, but decided to come to the U.S. for better education and work opportunities. Upon graduation from my Master’s degree, I joined Accelerated Genetics and World Wide Sires as their reproduction specialist. This nearly 4 years’ experience gave me the opportunity to visit almost 500 dairies in 35 US states and 6 continents, developing the critical mind needed to understand how the dairy business is run in different sets of environments and situations, and the language skills to effectively communicate in English and Spanish, aside with my mother language Portuguese. I also had the opportunity to work for SCR Dairy, an Israeli company focused on animal monitoring, providing accurate data for managing health and reproduction based on individual animals, and group data to improve overall dairy performance. This tenure with them gave me the skills necessary to incorporate the understanding of animal monitoring in my toolbox, to give a dairyman several options when brainstorming about ideal reproductive management.

During my research career, I have worked with different professors, but always focusing on how to improve reproductive performance, overall herd health and profitability. I helped to develop an economic online analysis tool to help dairy producers and consultants incorporate the use of sexed sorted or selected semen and beef semen on their breeding program to maximize profitability while maintaining herd size. I have published 20 peer review manuscripts in prestigious academic journals, as well as 35 public press articles for dairy and veterinary magazines.

I am looking forward to the opportunity of continuing my work with the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council and its leadership team, and drive this important organization to reach more progressive dairymen and consultants with good quality and reliable data in the US and around the world, with integrity, passion and hard work. With great respect, and awareness of this important task, I ask for your support of my candidacy for the vice president role of DCRC.

I live in Madison, Wis. with my 3-year-old Australian Shepherd mix Emma, and we work as a team for the Pet Partners volunteer program, visiting children in hospitals, and folks living in nursing homes around Dane County.

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Dr. Gláucio Lopes is a veterinarian and native of Brazil. He earned his DVM degree in his home country in 2006, and practiced as a solo veterinarian in commercial dairy farms for nearly two years.

He then joined Dr. Ricardo Chebel at the Department of Cooperative Extension, at the University of California – Davis, to work as a veterinary specialist and research assistant.  Lopes worked for 18 months at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, CA.

In the summer of 2009, Lopes joined Dr. Paul Fricke in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where in 2011 he completed his Masters of Science degree in Reproductive Physiology.

In August, 2011, Lopes joined Accelerated Genetics and World Wide Sires as a Reproduction Specialist, where he led the ReproConnections® reproductive support team.

Dr. Lopes had a chance to develop volunteer work in Uganda, supporting the CNFA – Farmer to Farmer Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and his work focused on guidance of small farmers on common cattle pests and diseases, and handling of animal food.

In 2015, Dr. Lopes spent a short tenure at SCR Dairy, where he worked as a Large Herd Manager and Reproduction Specialist.  In June of 2016, Dr. Lopes joined the People Development Team at Alta Genetics as the Alta University Manager. On his new role, Dr. Lopes is responsible for organizing and delivering the Alta University Program, a dairy manager school designed to present the new and most successful dairy practices for progressive dairy owners and managers. He also helps with Alta’s internal staff training program.

Dr. Lopes is a member of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) and serves as the chair of the Educational Committee of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC). He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his 3-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, Emma.


TREASURER

Klibs N. Galvão, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
Associate Professor of Dairy Cattle Reproduction and Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Florida

Dr. Galvão received his DVM in 2002 from the Fed. University of Goias in Brazil. He received his MPVM in 2005 from UC-Davis, and completed his residency in epidimiology at the Dairy Production School there in 2006. In 2009, Galvão received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

In addition to his membership in DCRC, Dr. Galvão is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, Society for Theriogenology, American Association of Extension Veterinarians, Sigma Xi, The Research Society, American Society for Microbiology and is a diplomate with the American College of Theriogenlogists.

Dr. Galvão’s statement of interest:

With respect and enthusiasm, I am asking for your support of my candidacy for Treasurer.

Dairy cattle reproduction has been my unfazed passion, and that passion has been reinforced by my relationship with DCRC members. I have been involved with the administration of the DCRC since 2012 when I joined the education committee, and I am eager to contribute once again. I believe my expertise in database management and dairy economics would be a good fit for the position of Treasurer. In summary, I am willing, able and ready to serve the council.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments about my candidacy for this position.

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Jeffrey S. Stevenson, M.S., Ph.D., PAS
Dr. Stevenson is a native of Utah and Oregon. His undergraduate degree is in Dairy Science from Utah State University. His graduate work (MS and PhD) was conducted at Michigan State University and at North Carolina State University. He is currently Professor at Kansas State University in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. In addition to his teaching and research appointment, since 1991, he is a monthly contributing author of the Artificial Breeding column in Hoard’s Dairyman. He has authored more than 175 scientific journal papers.

Dr. Stevenson received the 1990 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Agway Inc. Young Scientist Award; 1998 National Association of Animal Breeders Research Award; 2002 ADSA Pharmacia Animal Health Physiology Award; 2002 Kansas State University Research and Extension Team Award; 2006 Kansas Dairy Leader; 2009 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Animal Management Award; 2012 ASAS Physiology and Endocrinology Award; named 2012 ASAS Fellow (research category); and named 2015 ADSA Fellow.

I have been involved in the DCRC from the very beginning in 2005 when a group of individuals representing academia, the allied dairy business industry, dairy producers, and practicing veterinarians met in St. Louis. At that meeting we established a new organization (Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council) to increase adoption of reproductive technologies by dairy producers to counteract the observed decrease in dairy cattle fertility. Our objective was to promote direct communication between those who develop technology and products (researchers, consultants, and commercial companies) and those who would benefit from such technology (dairy practitioners and producers).

Having served on the Program Committee, and as Vice President and President of DCRC, I have an understanding of what DCRC is all about. I currently serve as editor of the online proceedings of presentations made at the annual DCRC meeting.

I desire to continue to help DCRC succeed in its objective to be the number one source of scientific information on reproduction for the dairy industry. Serving as Secretary-Treasurer would be an opportunity for me to be of service to the DCRC.


DIRECTOR

Melodie Chan, DVM
Senior Manager Veterinary Services – Cattle/Equine/Genetics
Zoetis

Dr. Melodie Chan graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and pursued a career within the dairy industry despite her “city kid” upbringing.  After completing an internship in Dairy Production Medicine at Cornell University, Dr. Chan worked at a mixed animal practice in Saskatchewan and then started her own dairy veterinary practice in Olds, Alberta.  In 2011, Dr. Chan joined Pfizer and she is currently the head of Zoetis Canada’s Technical Services Team for Cattle, Equine and Genetics.  Dr. Chan is a past-president of both the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians.  Dr. Chan was named as one of the honorees of Vance Publishing’s 2014 “Top 40 Under 40” Award Program which recognizes people making a significant contribution to America’s food system.  More recently, Dr. Chan received the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Industry Award in 2016 that formally recognizes a CVMA member for their contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Chan has a passion for helping people to succeed by sharing knowledge that will improve animal health management, animal welfare and food safety.  This position on the DCRC board is well suited to Dr. Chan as she brings with her immense passion for the dairy industry and her past experience as a board director with different organizations.

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Matthew D. Utt, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Select Sires, Inc.

Matt Utt, a native of Richmond, Virginia, graduated with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2000 and pursued a M.S. degree (2002) focused on estrus synchronization in beef cattle.  Following this, Matt worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a research fellow before returning to his alma mater in 2006.  In 2013, Matt was awarded a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University following a joint graduate associateship program between Select Sires, Inc. and the Department of Animal Sciences during which he studied male reproductive physiology.   As Director of Research at Select Sires, Inc., Matt is responsible for conducting research to investigate new methods of semen evaluation and sperm storage to provide a better understanding of contributors to variation in fertility among bulls.  His background in female reproductive physiology, and love for data analysis, gives him the background to work with the Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) team on various projects as well.  Recently, his research endeavors have focused on data analytics to create innovative solutions for Select Sires and more importantly, their customer-owners. He enjoys collaborating with universities both domestically and internationally on joint research endeavors.  When Matt is not working, he enjoys spending time as a mentor for child and family services, volunteering with youth ministry, playing music, shooting sports, Civil War reenacting, and anything outdoors.

I am happy and honored to accept the nomination for the position of Director at Large of DCRC.  I have been a member of DCRC since 2012 and will finish my term on the Program Committee this year.  Although planning the DCRC meeting can be quite time consuming, I have really enjoyed working with the DCRC leadership team and would certainly miss it.  It is simply a fantastic feeling, working with a passionate group of industry and academic representatives to put on a conference for such a diverse and meaningful group of attendees.  Although I had minimal exposure to the dairy industry prior to starting at Select Sires, I have become passionate about reproductive management of dairy cattle over the last several years, and DCRC has played an important role in this.  I sincerely hope to serve DCRC as a Director at Large from 2018-2020 and will bring the same drive and enthusiasm as I have with the Program Committee if elected.


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