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Validus Certification programs were developed with the input of independent industry experts. Validus meets regularly with each committee to review certification criteria to ensure it remains up to date with the latest industry standards.

Click on one of the following links to review each certification program’s committee members:

Beef Animal Welfare Expert Committee
Dairy Animal Welfare Expert Committee
Swine Animal Welfare Expert Committee
Environmental Review Advisory Committee
Dairy On-Farm Security Expert Committee

Expert Committee: Beef Animal Welfare Program

  • Dr. Larry Benyshek, Benyshek & Hough Consulting, Georgia  
    Dr. Benyshek received his B.S. from Kansas State University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been a leader in beef cattle genetic improvement and started Benyshek & Hough Consulting Services, Inc., in 2003.  
  • Bill Dicke, Cattlemen’s Consulting Service, Lincoln, Nebraska  
    One of the top feedlot nutritionists in the country he works closely with beef producers and feedlots throughout the nation. 
  • David Lowe, Feedlot Manager, Haw Ranch, Potwin, Kansas 
    David brings years of on-farm management and expertise to the committee. 
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner, University of California, Davis 
    Serves as Air Quality Extension Specialist at UC Davis. Current research focuses on air quality related to livestock production systems as well as environmental physiology research focusing on effects of air emissions on animal health and welfare.  
  • Dr. Janice Swanson, Michigan State University
    Serves as Director of Animal Welfare at Michigan State University where she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • Dr. Daryl Strohbehn, Iowa State University (former committee member)
    Animal Science professor at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.  Areas of research include applied beef cattle nutrition and management;  field data analysis and computer applications in beef cattle enterprise management. 

Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, reviews the program on an annual basis.

Expert Committee: Dairy Animal Welfare Program

  • Dennis Armstrong, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona
    University of Arizona Extension Specialist (retired). Dennis’s 47 years of experience includes areas such as heat stress management, milking parlor performance, and dairy expansion. He currently consults nationally and internationally, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

  • Wendell Cole, DVM, Western University
    Professor of Theriogenology and Director of Phase II curriculum at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Research and teaching interests include food animal welfare, mastitis, calf management, production medicine and food safety.

  • Mike Gamroth, Oregon State University
    Extension Dairy Specialist and Professor at Oregon State University. Research interests include managing animal wastes, milking parlor performance, controlling environmental mastitis pathogens, and milk production cost control.

  • Jim Reynolds, DVM, Western University
    Professor of bovine medicine and animal welfare at Western University, Pomona, CA campus. Research interests include vaccine efficacy, calf nutrition, waste milk pasteurization, management of transition cows and mastitis control.

  • Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Iowa State University
    Professor and Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University. Primary areas of interest are dairy cattle lameness, animal welfare, and humane euthanasia. Currently serves as chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.

  • John Smith, Ph.D., University of Arizona (Deceased)
    Extension Specialist and Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arizona. Research interests include cow comfort, management of heat stress, milking parlor performance, developing special needs facilities, and management of expanding dairies.

Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, reviews the program on an annual basis.

Expert Committee: Swine Animal Welfare Program

  • Dr. Dennis DiPietre, Columbia, MO
    Serves as a consultant with major production, packing, genetics and pharmaceutical companies in the swine industry as well as USDA and several major agricultural universities.
  • Dr. David Reeves, University of Georgia 
    Associate Professor of Population Health at the University of Georgia Veterinary Medical School.  Nationally known for his expertise in swine health and management. Has worked with numerous swine production companies and producers to improve management, productivity and animal well-being. 
  • Dr. Janice Swanson, Michigan State University
    Serves as Director of Animal Welfare, Michigan State University, where she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. 
  • Dr. Harold Gonyou, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Serves as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and as Research Scientist in ethology at the Prairie Swine Centre.  In 2009 received the Award for Technical Innovation Enhancing Production of Safe and Affordable Food from the Canadian Society of Animal Science.
  • Dr. Tom Wetzell, Wells, MN
    Served as a private practitioner for several years prior to joining the Boehringer Ingelheim veterinary service team.  Received American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ 2004 Swine Practitioner of the Year.
  • Terry Taylor, Austin, MN
    Served in the processing industry his entire career and currently serves as an industry consultant.  Expertise in quality control and management.
  • Dr. Rick Tubbs, DVM, Woodburn, KY
    Serves as a swine practitioner in private practice focusing on swine health and production.  Owner of Green River Swine Consultation.
  • Keith Thornton, Windsor Heights, IA
    Internationally known for his service to the swine industry, Mr. Thornton has been a consultant for production systems throughout North America and Europe.  He has consulted for major production companies and has written books on well-being systems for swine.    

Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, reviews the program on an annual basis.

Environmental Review Advisory Committee

  • Leonard Meador, Global Eco-Tech, Rossville, IN
    Founder, owner, and current CEO of Global Eco-tech.  Company provides management assistance for environmental issues.

  • Michael Blaine, Blaine Engineering, Inc., Baring, MO
    President of Blaine Engineering, company works with all types of engineering relating to water control and environmental measures. Served as Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Soil Mechanics Engineer and State Engineer from 1970 to 1997 with the USDA-NRCS.

  • Gene Beale, Beale Environmental Consulting, Norfolk, VA
    President of Beale Environmental Consulting.  35 years of past experience in management of pork slaughter and processing operations including labor relations and wastewater treatment operations.

  • David Lyon, Landmark Environmental Services, Inc., Davenport, IA
    President of Landmark Environmental Services, Inc. since 1994.  Company provides professional environmental consulting services to agricultural businesses with a diverse list of clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to private individuals.

Expert Committee: Dairy On-Farm Security Review Program

  • Dennis Armstrong, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona
    University of Arizona Extension Specialist (retired). Dennis’s 47 years of experience includes areas such as heat stress management, milking parlor performance, and dairy expansion. He currently consults nationally and internationally, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

  • Wendell Cole, DVM, Western University
    Professor of Theriogenology and Director of Phase II curriculum at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Research and teaching interests include food animal welfare, mastitis, calf management, production medicine and food safety.

  • Mike Gamroth, Oregon State University
    Extension Dairy Specialist and Professor at Oregon State University. Research interests include managing animal wastes, milking parlor performance, controlling environmental mastitis pathogens, and milk production cost control.

  • Jim Reynolds, DVM, Western University
    Professor of bovine medicine and animal welfare at Western University, Pomona, CA campus. Research interests include vaccine efficacy, calf nutrition, waste milk pasteurization, management of transition cows and mastitis control.

  • Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Iowa State University
    Professor and Extension Veterinary Specialist at Iowa State University. Primary areas of interest are dairy cattle lameness, animal welfare, and humane euthanasia. Currently serves as chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.

  • John Smith, Ph.D., University of Arizona (Deceased)
    Extension Specialist and Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arizona. Research interests include cow comfort, management of heat stress, milking parlor performance, developing special needs facilities, and management of expanding dairies.

Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, reviews the program on an annual basis.

 


 

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