ARPAS Newsletter


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) Update

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

The Professional Animal Scientist continues to improve visibility among scientists. We are receiving statistical information regarding readers and citations that was not available previously. Some of this information is provided from our publisher Elsevier. The journal is available to members of ARPAS (just enter the ARPAS site, log in, and click on the Professional Animal Scientist) on the HealthAdvance website (, and usage increased in the first half of 2017, compared to 2016. In 2016 the average number of monthly downloads was 989. For 2017, the average monthly downloads increased to 1,392. Via a separate website, we also observed an increase in usage by institutional users in 2017 compared with previous months. Earlier this year the papers with the most full-article downloads by institutional subscribers were the symposium paper “Transportation issues affecting cattle well-being and considerations for the future” and the research article “Management characteristics of beef cattle production in the Northern Plains and Midwest regions of the United States” (both from the December 2016 issue).


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award Winners


Dr. Sharon A. Benz receiving her award

Saturday, April 01, 2017

ARPAS Related Events at the ASAS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Note from the Examination Chair

Steve Schmidt, Ph.D., PAS, Dipl. ACAS

It has been between five and seven years since the various ARPAS areas of specialization in the database have been reviewed for relevance and clarity and updated to keep up with changes in our animal and product industries.

Previously, committees were appointed within each of the specialties to spread work around and make recommendations for changes and additions. It also helps to have many eyes looking at questions, because what is clear to one person may not be clear to another. The examination chair is looking for volunteers who would like to participate in reviewing exam questions in their area of specialization.

If you are willing to help, send an e-mail to Steve Schmidt ( and tell me the area of specialization you would like to help with. I will get you on the list. Thank you in advance!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

ARPAS Apparel

After much demand, you are now able to purchase apparel and various items through Land's End with the ARPAS logo!

Please use the following website,

We hope to see you sporting your ARPAS apparel at future meetings!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the ARPAS Business Office (

Categories: Uncategorized, August 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

General ARPAS Elections

The polls are open for this year’s ARPAS election of officers.

Go to the ARPAS Election Page at

Three positions are open this year: President-Elect, Midwest Director, and Southeast Director

Jeff DeFrain
Gerald Higginbotham

Midwest Director:
Aaron Park
William “Randy” Walker

Southeast Director:
Daniel Rivera
Ryon Walker

The candidates are grouped in pairs, so please be sure to vote for one candidate in each position. Click on the candidates’ names to view biographical information.

Voting must be completed by 11:59 PM (CDT) on June 3, 2015.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

ACAS Election

The polls are open for this year’s ACAS election of officers.

Please go to the elections page at to cast your vote.

Two positions are open this year: President-Elect and Secretary. The candidates are 

N. Andy Cole
Bill Mahanna

Angel Aguilar
Luis Solorzano

The candidates are grouped in pairs, so please be sure to vote for one candidate in each position. Click on the candidates’ names to view biographical information.

Voting must be completed by midnight, May 16, 2015.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2015

Friday, August 01, 2014

Professional Animal Scientist Update

The Professional Animal Scientist has included some excellent review articles in recent issues. During 2013 and 2014 the following topics were reviewed:

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

2014 ARPAS Elections

Bill Sanchez, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN
Please remember to vote in the upcoming elections. A notice will be sent via email when the ballots are open.

Here are the current candidates:

Dr. Robert P. Wettemann, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Peter S. Erickson, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Paul A. Beck, University of Arkansas
M. J. Bakke, Custom Dairy Performance, Inc.

Ballots will be going out to all ARPAS members soon which will also include full bios on each candidate.

Categories: Uncategorized, April 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Kenneth Cummings, EVP and Bill Price, Historian

ARPAS (1984) - We are now in our 30th year, (40th if you count our predecessor organization ARCAS, which was initiated in 1974*). We have grown in membership and vastly expanded the scope of activities and services provided to our members. In our formative years, animal scientists were provided an examination, a professional certification and a code of ethics. We also established a vehicle for publishing their applied research. Over time, many activities have been added to further enhance our member’s education, recognition, professional experience and value, personally and to their profession.