By Joseph Montgomery
In October, the College of Veterinary Medicine appointed Brad White as the interim director for the Beef Cattle Institute.
Under the previous leadership of Dan Thomson, a world-renowned beef cattle expert, the BCI grew to become an international resource for educational tools and outreach and an entity that works closely with the beef cattle industry to address critical challenges.
White has been on the faculty in the agricultural practices section of the college’s clinical sciences department since 2005. He was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 2010. Before joining K-State, he was assistant clinical professor in the veterinary medical college at Mississippi State University. White has also worked as a consultant for Professional Beef Services LLC since 2003, and for Missouri Verified Beef LLC from 2000 to 2010.
“We are pleased Dr. White has accepted the interim position of guiding the Beef Cattle Institute,” said Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “He already has strong relationships in the beef industry and is highly sought as an expert for continuing education conferences, industry workshops and international symposia in production and cow-calf medicine. His connections and collaborations within our college and the College of Agriculture at K-State also help to ensure the BCI will move forward seamlessly as we begin the process of forming an advisory board of directors and long-term leadership plan. I look forward to working with Dr. White to continue to build upon the success of the institute and to serve the beef cattle industry of Kansas and the Nation.”
“The Beef Cattle Institute at K-State is an excellent program for the university and the beef industry,” White said. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to continuing the great work done by the institute.”
White attended William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, for two years before transferring to the University of Missouri where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. He earned a master’s degree at Mississippi State University in 2005. White was in private practice as a veterinarian for the Perry County Veterinary Hospital in Perryville, Missouri, from 1997 to 2003.
White has authored or co-authored 82 articles and 10 book chapters. As a principal investigator or co-investigator, he has obtained 25 grants in extramural research funding, totaling more than $3 million. White is a member of Academy Veterinary Consultants, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Evidence-based Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.