Bob Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith was raised on a small livestock farm in SE Kansas. He received the BS and MS degrees in animal science at Kansas State University, and was commissioned as an Army Air Defense Artillery officer through the K-State Army ROTC program. He served two years on active duty, then 23 years as an active Army Reservist, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Following graduation from veterinary school, he completed a large animal medicine and surgery internship at Oklahoma State University, and later worked as a Field Services Clinician for 15 years at Oklahoma State. He then worked as a feedlot veterinarian for nearly two years for Palo Duro Veterinary Services in Canyon, Texas, then returned to Oklahoma State for 10 years as the McCasland Chair in Beef Health and Production, with duties in BRD research, extension, teaching and industry service. He is board certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Food Animal).

Bob has worked with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services for 17 years, with primary practice emphasis on feedlot and stocker medicine and management. His clients have a one-time capacity ranging from 3,000 to 70,000 head.

He has served as the President of the AABP, the AVC, and the Western Veterinary Conference, and has chaired the NCBA Cattle Health and Well-being Committee, and has been a member of the NCBA BQA Advisory Council for over 20 years, and is currently serving as the Vice-chair. He is the editor of The Bovine Practitioner and the AABP Conference Proceedings, and is the consulting editor for the Veterinary Clinics of North America Food Animal Practice. He has co-edited a major textbook and has numerous publications, and has been a speaker across North America and Europe. Bob has been honored several times for his leadership in veterinary medicine, and in 2013 was honored as the Oklahoma Producer of the Year by the Oklahoma Beef Council for his 23 years of leadership in BQA, and for the incorporation of BQA programs into his stocker cattle operation. Most recently he was honored as a 2016 Alumni Fellow by Kansas State University. Fewer than 300 of the 180,000 living Kansas State University graduates have received this honor.

Bob co-owns two stocker cattle operations that graze wheat pasture during the fall and winter months in Oklahoma. He enjoys flying his plane on business and tinkering with his two classic cars. He and his wife, Gerri, have four children and 12 grandchildren.