Iowa State University veterinarians expand service to Iowa dairy producers

AMES, Iowa -- Dairy producers in Iowa will benefit from the recent appointment of Dr. Patrick Gorden as senior dairy clinician in the Food Supply Veterinary Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. The appointment is effective July 1.

Gorden, a former private practitioner from Chandler, Ariz., brings a range of experience with Midwest and Western dairies to ISU.

"We're committed to assuring that all Iowa dairy farms have access to modern, high quality veterinary service," said Dr. Jim West, director of Food Supply Veterinary Services. "Dr. Gorden greatly expands our expertise to serve the variety of dairy farms in Iowa."

Gorden will provide care and services to Iowa dairies. He will help teach dairy production medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He will also design and monitor the success of dairy production medicine preceptorships for fourth-year veterinary students.

Gorden received his veterinary degree in 1993 from Iowa State and is a diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in dairy practice. For the past 14 years, he has been a dairy practitioner in Wisconsin and Arizona. He also was an adjunct lecturer in the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was supervising veterinarian in his practice for the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine's Clinical Sciences Ambulatory Program.

Gorden is active in veterinary and producer associations. He currently serves on the National Mastitis Council Board of Directors, and is chair of the Milk Quality and Udder Health Committee of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. In 1997, he was president of the Southwest Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association.