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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

President’s Letter

Bob Wettemann, PAS, Dipl. ACAS

It has been five months since our annual ARPAS meeting in Florida, and the new year will soon be here. It is time to review activities and look toward the future.

I thank our Executive Vice President Kenneth Cummings, who provides leadership to keep us on track and to make sure that ARPAS accomplishes goals. I also thank Kelsey Grant, executive secretary, and FASS for assistance with many activities. We appreciate all current and new members on standing committees. Contributions of members allow certification, strengthening and promotion of the animal science profession, and assistance for members to continue professional development.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dues and CEUs Reminder for 2016

Kenneth Cummings, PAS, Dipl. ACAN, Exec. VP, ARPAS

It’s that time of year again, and I would be remiss in my role with ARPAS if I did not remind you to pay your dues and report your CEUs. Do not bother to read further if you have done both. Thank you for continuing monetary support of national ARPAS and your local chapter as well.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Treasurer's Report

Dale A. Hill, PhD, PAS, Dipl. ACAN

We are tracking close to the ARPAS 2015 budget projections and are working on the 2016 ARPAS budget. We did make a few changes to the investments based on the recommendations of our Morgan Stanley Financial Planner that we work with and are targeting improved returns on our invested dollars. Most investments provided reasonable returns. A few underperformers were sold, and the money was reinvested in better performance stocks. Needless to say, 2015 was a rather challenging year for investment returns.

The most significant change for the 2016 budget will be the transition of The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) journal to Elsevier for publishing. The governing council is working with the PAS editorial staff to make sure that the projected budget reflects realistic expectations. There will be some changes to page charges to better reflect publishing costs, while also keeping the page charge competitive to similar journals.

Many thanks to the FASS staff for all of their professional support and to Kenneth Cummings for his excellent leadership. ARPAS is in good financial condition as we head into 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ARPAS Symposium at 2016 Joint Annual Meeting

Jeffrey M. DeFrain, PhD, DPL ACAS

Email Address


Inflammation alters nutrient metabolism and animal performance


An inflammatory state is part of the normal biological process to maintain tissue homeostasis. Inflammatory states have been broadly associated with psychological, physical and environmental challenges to the animal. The inflammatory state can result from a wide spectrum of causes but in livestock production animals it is often associated with microbial invaders, injury and/or trauma. Recent research has identified several inflammatory markers and acute-phase proteins that can be useful in detecting the magnitude and severity of inflammation in a given animal. Understanding the metabolic impact of these inflammatory markers could aid in the development of future nutritional and management strategies to keep the inflammatory process at a manageable state so as to optimize animal performance. 

Suggested speakers:

Speaker 1: General info on inflammation
• Dr. Kirk C. Clasing, UC Davis

Speaker 2: Role of the rumen microflora in systemic inflammation
• Dr. TG Nagaraja, K-State

Speaker 3: Usefulness (or not) of inflammatory biomarkers
• Dr. Chris Chase, South Dakota State Univ.

Speaker 4: Nutritional considerations in cattle
• Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, Oregon State Univ.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Nominations for 2016 ARPAS "Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist"

Jack Garrett, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAS

The ARPAS “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist” award is bestowed annually on one or more emeritus members of ARPAS who have made a significant contribution to the animal sciences during their active careers and who also served in a leadership position within ARPAS.

Nominations may be made by any member of ARPAS. The final selection will be made by the ARPAS Executive Committee with conformation from 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 e-mail to

Recipients of this award will be recognized in the newsletter and PAS journal and with a tribute at our annual meeting. A suitable award will be presented to them on this occasion. They will also be granted lifetime membership in ARPAS with emeritus privileges.

Our 2015 recipients were David Ames and Lonnie Luther. Since the inception of this program in 2008, we have honored 22 “Distinguished Professional Animal Scientists.”

Categories: Awards, December 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Professional Animal Scientist Update

Wayne Kellogg, Editor-in-Chief

We look forward to working with a new publisher in 2016, as noted in the announcement by Emma Bruun of Elsevier. A new website will be available for members to access the journal for no cost, and additional content is being added. The information for access will be provided next month.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Publisher’s Update from Elsevier: The Professional Animal Scientist

Emma Bruun, Elsevier, Animal Science Journals Publisher

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce that Elsevier will become the official publisher for The Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) from January 2016.

Elsevier is delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and FASS to provide assistance and publishing expertise to support the ongoing success of this highly regarded publication.

Tuesday, December 1, 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!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

California Chapter Report

On October 28 and 29 we held our annual continuing education conference, a chapter function that began in 1985. This year’s theme was modeling nitrogen metabolism in ruminants and nonruminants.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Midwest Chapter Report

The Midwest Chapter of ARPAS, which was started in 2011, continues to grow with approximately 140 members. The chapter continues to be active in building and supporting ARPAS membership through the University and Industry Relations Committees as well as through targeted sponsorships and ARPAS presentations.