ARPAS Newsletter

Thursday, December 20, 2018

ARPAS Journal 2019: Applied Animal Science

Dave Beede, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, AAS, and PAS and Diplomate ACAN

Four items for your immediate attention below

Unless you have been living under a rock during the last few months, you know that the name of the ARPAS journal will change in 2019 to Applied Animal Science (AAS). To continue sequential numbering of ARPAS’s journal, the volume will be 35. The title changed slightly from that announced in August, dropping the words “journal of,” to accommodate the use of a unique title and the International Standard Serial Number to distinguish it from another journal with that title.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

ARPAS Journal

Dave Beede, Editor-in-Chief, PAS/JAAS

The new name of the ARPAS journal will be the Journal of Applied Animal Science (JAAS) beginning January 2019. This change was approved by the Governing Council at the annual meeting in June, following survey input from the ARPAS membership. The new name catalyzes several other changes to the ARPAS journal that will appear early next year including a new cover; a new definition of the applied scope, focus, and value proposition of the journal; a new table of contents (scientific content: food science; forages and feeds; genetics; health and well-being; integrated systems – production and management; nutrition; physiology; sustainability; and, welfare and behavior) and a new editorial board structure to align with the table of contents; and, new description of responsibilities and instructions for authors and reviewers for submission and review of manuscripts. A new feature will be “Experts from the Field,” where ARPAS members will be commissioned to provide publishable comments about the particular relevance and potential impact to the animal sciences and production systems of some published journal articles.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Midwest Chapter - Professional Development Conference for Entrepreneurs

What have you done for yourself lately?  I am not talking about the basics of something in your belly, on your back, and over your head.  But, I am talking about what things are you doing to enhance your professional skills?   We all have to work with others on our jobs, regardless of what kind of job we have.  You may already be an APRAS member but are you involved?  Are you networking?  I have heard it said before that our working lives are like high school meaning that we need to play nice with others and get along with other people to succeed.  Yes, only you took the quizzes and tests in high school yet wasn’t it nice to be a part of a group?  Whether that group be a sports team, student council, class officer, FFA, etc….. didn’t the group relationship further your sense of well-being? 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ACAS Board Certification Update

W. Randy Walker, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, ACAS President

The new year is upon us, and the groundhog says spring should be arriving any day now. As signs of spring begin to appear, such as new leaves on the trees, greener grass, all of the planting activity, and, of course, the opening day of baseball, we are reminded that spring is a time of renewal. This also applies to ACAS as we renew our efforts to remind ARPAS members who are not yet board certified of all the benefit and value of achieving the highest level of certification available in ARPAS.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ARPAS elections

Voting opens April 17th for the 2018 election.

The 2018 ARPAS elections will open 4/17/18 thru 5/17/18.  An email notification will be sent to all members with information about the 2018 nominees and how to cast a vote.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

ARPAS-Related Events at the ADSA Annual Meeting

ARPAS-Related Events at the ADSA Annual Meeting

Below is the schedule of ARPAS-related events at the 2018 ADSA annual meeting.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
6:00 pm Governing Council Meeting

Sunday, June 24, 2018
8:00 am–5:00 pm Governing Council Meeting

Monday, June 25, 2018
9:30 am–12:30 pm ARPAS Symposium
12:30 pm–2:00 pm ARPAS Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
12:30 pm–2:00 pm ACAS Business Meeting

For more information regarding the ADSA annual meeting, please visit the website at

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Is your membership updated?

Reporting CEU's and Lapse Membership

How do I request my Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

Reporting Continuing Education Units (CEU) is simple through the ARPAS website. Just log on to the site at and click on Submit CEUs. Not only is your CEU record instantly updated when you enter your meetings online, but the system also keeps a convenient submission history in case you wish to check your past entries. Don’t see a meeting you want to report on the approved list? No problem! You can submit any meeting to be approved and posted on the list before you enter it online. Remember, 16 CEUs are required each year to maintain your registration, and up to 16 CEUs can be carried over to the following year.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

The Plains Nutrition Council annual meeting will be held at the Marriott Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, April 5 to 6, 2018. For more information, visit the website:

The American Society of Animal Science annual meeting will be held in Vancouver, Canada, July 8 to 12, 2018. If you will be attending the meeting and will have time to staff the ARPAS booth in the exhibits room or proctor the ARPAS exam, please contact Cornicha Henderson at the FASS headquarters (

Friday, December 01, 2017

Nominations for 2018 ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Executive Vice President, ARPAS

The ARPAS Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made significant contributions to the animal sciences during their active career and also served in one or more ARPAS leadership positions.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. Final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation by the ARPAS Governing Council. The number of awards each year will not exceed 0.2% of the total ARPAS membership. Please contact any member of the ARPAS Governing Council or send your nomination by email to

Friday, December 01, 2017

Professional Animal Scientist Editor In Chief

Dave Beede

We seek your submissions and suggestions for The Professional Animal Scientist journal.

 I am honored to serve the next three years as the editor-in-chief (EIC) of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) journal. Wayne Kellogg, EIC for more than 11 years, has left big boots to fill. I appreciate his help in the next few months while transitioning into this new role. Andy Cole and Stacey Gunter will continue to serve as associate editors in 2018. An additional associate editor will be announced soon for the swine area.

We invite and strongly encourage submission of manuscripts for review and potential publication. Anyone, ARPAS members as well as nonmembers, can submit manuscripts for consideration. Submissions can be ORIGINAL RESEARCH manuscripts, SCIENTIFIC REVIEWS, CASE STUDIES, COMMENTARIES, or TECHNICAL NOTES addressing important topics that are ready or nearly ready for field application. Topics must relate to opportunities or challenges in the applied animal sciences or in animal production systems, including dairy, meat animals (beef and swine), horses, poultry, and other species. All submissions are peer reviewed and considered refereed upon publication.