AgriLife Research hires new cattle scientist

AMARILLO – Dr. Pablo Pinedo, D.V.M., has accepted the position of assistant professor in ruminant animal health with Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo. He began Aug. 1 in his new position.

Dr. Pablo Pinedo, D.V.M., is a new ruminant animal health scientist with Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo.

Pinedo will serve as project leader for planning and conducting research in ruminant animal health involving beef, cow-calf, dairy, feedlot and stocker industries in the Texas High Plains region, said Dr. John Sweeten, resident director for AgriLife Research in Amarillo.

“Ruminant health problems include both endemic and emerging infectious diseases of calves, dairy and feedlot cattle, metabolic diseases, transitional cow issues, heat stress and biosecurity/public health,” Sweeten said.

“Dr. Pinedo will serve as a member of a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary faculty team that is conducting field research on ruminant animal health and nutrition in relation to industry needs, as well as the development of integrated health and nutrition/management programs that can contribute to improved cattle health and productivity.”

“I will be working with both the beef and dairy sectors in my new position,” Pinedo said. “My focus is more on the population approach. I would like to continue testing the genetic differences related to susceptibility to disease in beef and dairy cattle, in addition to exploring the needs identified by these industries in this region.”

With a joint appointment at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he also will serve as a connection between the campus in College Station and area producers, according to Dr. Linda Logan, D.V.M, professor and head of the pathobiology department within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science.

“I would like to exploit the collaboration between the veterinary college and Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo to better serve this region,” he said. “We have an opportunity to do a lot of work with this population of animals jointly.”

Pinedo was previously a resident scientist at the University of Florida with the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service/Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
He earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1993 from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile and a doctorate of philosophy in 2008 from the University of Florida, where he just completed his residency.

His residency program focused on preventive food-animal medicine. His other areas of expertise include reproduction in dairy cattle, preventive dairy production medicine, data management in dairy systems, epidemiology and genetics in animal disease, paratuberculosis diagnostic and genetics, and dairy and beef cattle infectious diseases.

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