Dr. Dan Thomson returned to his alma mater in March of 2020 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson is a third-generation bovine veterinarian and is an internationally known leader, researcher and instructor in animal health management, animal welfare and beef cattle production.
Before returning to ISU, Dr. Thomson worked in private industry and most recently served 15 years at Kansas State University. Most recently, he held the position of the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and founder of the Beef Cattle Institute in Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His honors include the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Distinguished Service Award in 2018, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Beef Quality Assurance Program 2015 Educator of the Year Award, and the 2012 National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Tech University Advanced Degree Graduate Hall of Fame. Dr. Thomson’s research program has been granted over $35.3 million.
Dr. Thomson earned two degrees at Iowa State University — a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). He has a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Thomson is married to Cindy, and they have four daughters.