Novel Clinical Therapies

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.

Dr. Misty Edmondson

Dr. Edmondson’s research evaluates the effects of infectious diseases on reproduction and explores methods to control the transmission of these pathogens.  This research has primarily focused on bovine and small ruminant reproduction and pathogens of ruminants. Dr. Edmondson is interested in improving clinical therapeutics for small ruminant species. Dr. Edmondson’s previous research focused on 1) analysis of diagnostic tests for accurate detection of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) in cattle, 2) effects of BVDV on reproduction in alpacas, and 3) pharmacokinetic evaluation of pain medications in alpacas. She is a member of the recently formed Working Group on Venereal Diseases in Animals at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Ongoing and future research interests include: 1) ecology of Tritrichomonas fetus in cattle, 2) improving urogenital surgical procedures for small ruminants, and 3) pharmacokinetic studies of drugs used for pain management in ruminants. 

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