Dr. Dan Givens
The focus of the Dr. Givens’ research is to discern the potential for transmission of viruses by natural and assisted reproduction and to develop and validate control strategies of minimal constraint that would prevent transmission of pathogens. This research has primarily focused on bovine reproduction and pathogens of ruminants.
Dr. Givens’ previous research has significantly impacted the health of cattle and the economic sustainability of the cattle industry. This research has focused on (a) developing and validating new diagnostic tests to detect virus associated with semen and embryos, (b) assessing the epidemiologic risk of disease transmission associated with common techniques to assist reproduction, (c) discovering and evaluating the in vitro efficacy and safety of a novel antiviral agent, (d) describing characteristics of a unique method of viral persistence within breeding bulls, and (e) evaluating the potential of commercially available vaccines to cause or prevent this unique viral persistence within breeding bulls. This previous work has developed and established Dr. Givens’ expertise in viral pathogens affecting bovine reproduction.