Outstanding Extension Specialist Award
Univeristy: Kansas State University
Section Awarded: Midwest
Dr. Luís Mendonça, Outstanding Extension Specialist Award
Dr. Luís Mendonça received a D.V.M degree in 2006 at Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil. In 2007 he worked in a private practice across various states of Brazil and in Bolivia. In 2008 he was hired as a postgraduate researcher at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, CA, where he worked in large dairy operations and was involved in dairy production research. He obtained his M.S. degree and completed his residency in Dairy Production Medicine (2012) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mendonça joined the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at K-State in 2013 as a State Dairy Extension Specialist and has a 30% research and 70% extension appointment. His current roles and responsibilities include development of an extension and research program addressing issues facing the Kansas and U.S. dairy industry. His goal is to develop and carry out research related to immune function, health, heat abatement and reproductive management of dairy cattle.