Terry Lehenbauer, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM – epidemiology, was named director of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare.
Dr. Lehenbauer, an expert in dairy cattle health, welfare and economics, joined the center in 2008 as associate director for food systems. Under his new title, he oversees academic and clinical training programs for veterinary and pre veterinary students. He also manages the three-year dairy production medicine residency for veterinarians, works with the community to develop research and training programs and supervises clinical services for more than 100,000 animals at local commercial dairies and calf ranches.
The Tulare center opened in 1983 to serve regional dairies, provide training for veterinary students and develop scientific studies on cattle health and food safety. The Tulare branch of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System and a district office of the California Department of Food and Agriculture is also part of the center.
Lehenbauer’s research interests include animal health economics, assessment of dairy cattle health and welfare, epidemiology of cattle production systems and evaluation of diagnostic tests. He represents the American Association of Bovine Practitioners on the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee, which develops position statements on food animal health and welfare issues.