Dr. Jan Shearer serves the Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as Dairy Extension Veterinarian. In this role he is responsible for the development and delivery of veterinary extension programs designed primarily to meet the needs of Iowa’s dairy farmers, veterinarians and allied agri-business industry. In cooperation with Dairy Extension Faculty from the Department of Animal Sciences and Iowa State’s statewide network of county faculty, Dr. Shearer is one of several conduits for the exchange of information between Iowa State University and the Iowa dairy industry.
Dr. Shearer’s primary areas of interest in recent years have been lameness and welfare of cattle. Along with colleagues, Dr. Sarel van Amstel and Adrian Gonzalez, he established the Master Hoof Care Program, a training program designed to teach on-farm employees how to properly trim and treat foot problems. Since 1996, this program has acquired international prominence for its impact on foot health in dairy operations. In addition to his work on lameness, Dr. Shearer is also actively working on issues related to animal well-being. He has prepared several training documents and informational items on the topic of animal welfare and humane euthanasia. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) where he is currently Chair of the Animal Welfare Committee. Dr. Shearer is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditors Association, an organization dedicated to the certification of animal welfare audits and auditors.
Dr. Shearer received his DVM in 1975 from Ohio State University and his Masters in 1981 also from Ohio State University.