Craig McConnel

Craig McConnel

Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine Extension

Office Phone: 509-335-0766


Craig McConnel grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in central Idaho.  He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2002. Following an internship in ruminant medicine at the University of Sydney, he completed a Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies. Craig’s research interests led him to Colorado State University where he completed a PhD exploring the epidemiology of adult dairy cow mortality on Colorado dairies.  In 2010, he joined the staff of Charles Sturt University’s School of Animal and Veterinary Science in Wagga Wagga, Australia, as a Lecturer in Ruminant Health.  Craig returned to Colorado State University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in Dairy Population Health Management where he provided clinical instruction in dairy field service, and oversight of elective rotations in dairy production medicine and herd health assessments.  In 2016, Craig moved to Washington State University as an Assistant Professor in Veterinary Medicine Extension.  He is the course coordinator for Veterinary Epidemiology and continues to pursue his varied research interests including efforts to develop more effective classification strategies for dairy cow removals, and to more fully understand the ecology of E. coliO157 on dairies, the influence of calf housing strategies on lifetime performance, and the impact of dairy cow diseases on animal well-being and associated economic opportunity costs.  

  • 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)

Publications on PubMed

Select Publications

  • 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
  • McConnel CS, Garry FB (2017) Dairy cow mortality data management:  the dairy certificate of death. Bov Pract 51 (1): 64-72.
  • 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
  • McConnel C, Lombard J, Wagner B, Kopral C, Garry F (2015) Herd factors associated with dairy cow mortality Animal 9 (8): 1397-1403