Food Animal

Galt House
Louisville, KY
September 22-24
Dan Cummings
Saturday, September 23
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Dr. Dan Cummings received his Bachelor of Science degree at Murray State University majoring in Animal Science. During veterinary school at Auburn University, he completed externships in feedlot, food animal, and mixed animal practice. Furthermore, he participated in a veterinary student exchange program to explore production agriculture in South America. After earning his DVM from Auburn University in 2013, he completed his preceptorship and joined a mixed animal practice in Middle TN where his passion for the livestock industry grew. He takes great pride in his education and recognizes the value of early mentors who displayed a true dedication to livestock production and food animal medicine. After leaving mixed animal practice, he joined a regional farmers cooperative as staff veterinarian allowing him the opportunity to focus solely on food animal medicine and gain invaluable experience working directly with livestock producers. Dr. Cummings then transitioned into industry for 4 years with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health as one of the Professional Service Veterinarians providing technical support to beef customers across the Eastern US. Throughout his career, Dr. Cummings has worked tirelessly to develop personal and professional relationships with both producers and veterinary colleagues. He has relied heavily on professional organizations such as the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Academy of Veterinary Consultants as a vital resource. Dr. Cummings is board certified in Beef Cattle Practice as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is excited to continue his work as a beef cattle practitioner with Heritage Vet Partners. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and working on the family farm with his wife, Amy, and three children. Special interests include sustainable parasite control strategies and the application of systems-based thinking in production medicine.

John Laster
Saturday, September 23
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Dr John Laster is a 2012 graduate of Auburn University. He lives on the family farm with his wife, Kayla, and their three children. John and Kayla reopened Todd County Animal Clinic in 2013. John’s main interests are dairy production medicine with an emphasis in milk quality, equine lameness, and small animal surgery. Under their guidance, Todd County Animal Clinic has grown to 16 team members and four veterinarians. Dr. Cory Goodlett and Dr. Madie Orem are now partners in the practice.

HuiChu Lin
Saturday, September 23
  • Originally from Taiwan
  • Went to veterinary school in Taiwan
  • Veterinary Anesthesiology Master degree and Residency training in University of Illinois
  • Current position Professor of Anesthesia, has been Auburn University for 32 years
  • Publications:
    • More than 100 scientific articles
    • 21 book chapters
    • Editor of one book, “Farm animal Anesthesia-Cattle, Small Ruminants, Camelids, and Pigs.”
Robert Van Saun
DVM, MS, PhD, DACT, DACVMI (Nutrition)
Sunday, September 24

Bob Van Saun is a Professor and Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University. He has been on faculty at Penn State for 22 years with responsibilities in teaching, extension, and field investigation. Bob received his veterinary degree and completed Master’s degree and residency training at Michigan State University. He also earned a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition at Cornell University. He is board certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition specialty). He was in private veterinary practice in New York and Michigan and an ambulatory clinician at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. His research and extension programs focus on integration of nutrition, animal health and productivity and emphasize the critical role of pregnancy nutrition on animal performance. His extension research spans across various species including dairy and beef cattle, horses and small ruminants.