Food and Fiber Animal

About the Service

The Food and Fiber Animal Service provides routine and specialty care for beef cattle, goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas, and pigs. We offer 24-hour emergency and critical care as well as around-the-clock care for hospitalized patients. Board certified clinicians, residents, technicians, and senior veterinary students work together to provide the best quality of care available to our patients and clients.

The service is equipped for routine diagnostic procedures and therapeutic treatment of food and fiber animals. The college maintains state-of-the-art facilities suitable for beef and dairy cattle, small ruminants, camelids, and swine including an obstetrical suite, surgical suite, hydraulic tilt chute, and hydraulic foot trimming table.

A full-service surgical suite is utilized for cases with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist for continuous monitoring during surgery and throughout the recovery period. Veterinary specialty services including radiology, dermatology ophthalmology, clinical pathology, microbiology, neurology, and pathology are also available.

What We Do

  • Diagnosis and care of sick or injured animals
  • Neonatal intensive care, including assisted nutrition and assisted respiratory ventilation
  • Lameness evaluation and hoof care with tilt tables
  • Herd monitoring and surveillance for infectious diseases
  • Preventive health care including vaccinations, parasite control, castration, spay, and dehorning
  • Orthopedic management including casting, splinting, and surgical fracture management
  • Surgical biopsy, soft tissue surgery, and wound management
  • Diagnosis and management of tumors in farm animals
  • Care of down cows using float tanks, lifts, and sand stalls
  • In-house or on-farm herd health consultations, genetic counseling, nutritional consultations, disease outbreak investigation, or on-farm emergencies
  • Radiology services include digital radiology, ultrasonography, thermography, computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine scans
  • Radiation therapy for large animal cancer patients is also provided by radiation therapists from this section and is one of the few places in the USA where this can be performed
Ester Malmström, DVM
Dr. Malmström was born and raised in North Sweden. She graduated 2014 from the Estonian University Of Life Sciences. She worked as an ambulatory large animal veterinarian in Europe 2014-2016 and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as a clinician and teaching assistant 2016-2018. She completed a farm animal rotating internship at University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2018-2019.


Shari Kennedy, DVM

photo of Shari KennedyDr. Shari Kennedy received her DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She completed her Food Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Veterinary Support Staff

Simon Taylor
Taylor Blair
Shelby Wyche