Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine Extension
Office Phone: 509-335-0766
- Bachelor of Science at Cornell University (1994)
- DVM at Washington State University (2002)
- Master at University of Sydney (2005)
- Ph.D. at Colorado State University (2010)
Veterinary Medicine Epidemiology (VM585). VM 585 is focused on major epidemiological concepts that influence the practice of veterinary medicine. Quality medicine is evidence-based and this class provides tools for evaluating information and guiding decisions regarding medical treatments and diagnostics. This class also serves as an introduction to concepts of population health essential to preventive, shelter, kennel, cattery, regulatory and livestock medicine.
My early scholarly output was based on research I completed at the University of Sydney, Australia.In a successful attempt to introduce a developed vaccine against bovine keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye) into Australia, we isolatedMoraxella bovisstrains present within Australia for identification of fimbrial antigens, antimicrobial susceptibilities, and cytotoxin/hemolysin gene profiles.
During my time at Charles Sturt University, I began working with a team in Australia exploringE. coliO157 colonization and shedding in extensive beef cow systems.Upon my return to Colorado State University I continued researchingE. coliO157 in dairy cows.Our team analyzed data related to shedding in intensive dairy systems and examined the dynamics of farm ecology on the prevalence ofE. coliO157, as well as the underlying bovine microbiome influencing colonization and shedding.
My Ph.D. research focused on the epidemiology underlying increasing rates of adult dairy cow death on U.S. farms.We introduced novel concepts for on-farm record keeping including a dairy cow death certificate.Work in this area continues with a focus on the lifetime impacts and opportunity costs associated with disease and death on dairies.
- McConnel CS, McNeil AA, Hadrich JC, Lombard JE, Heller J, Garry FB (2018) A comparison of a novel time-based summary measure of dairy cow health against cumulative disease frequency. Ir Vet J. 71:7. doi: 10.1186/s13620-018-0119-z. eCollection 2018. PMID: 29507715 PMCID: PMC5833078
- Stenkamp-Strahm C, McConnel C, Magzamen S, Abdo Z, Reynolds S (2018) Associations between Escherichia coli O157 shedding and the faecal microbiota of dairy cows. J Appl Microbiol. 124(3):881-898. doi: 10.1111/jam.13679. Epub 2018 Feb 8. PMID: 29280543 PMCID:
- McConnel CS, Garry FB (2017) Dairy cow mortality data management: the dairy certificate of death. Bov Pract 51 (1): 64-72. PMID: PMCID:
- McConnel CS, McNeil AA, Hadrich JC, Lombard JE, Garry FB, Heller J (2017) Dairy cow disability weights. Prev Vet Med. 143:1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.04.014. Epub 2017 May 10. PMID: 28622786 PMCID:
- McConnel C, Lombard J, Wagner B, Kopral C, Garry F (2015) Herd factors associated with dairy cow mortality Animal 9 (8): 1397-1403 PMID: PMCID: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/animal/article/herd-factors-associated-with-dairy-cow-mortality/0A04A5C2A359332C899A315C1BC51E97