University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

Dr. Julie SmithJulie Smith, DVM, PhD

Research Associate Professor

305B Terrill Building
570 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405
802-656-4496 (office)
802-656-8196 (fax)

Dr. Julie Smith received her B.S., D.V.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. Originally from the NYC suburbs, she headed off to the ag school at Cornell and never looked back. She is married to a Vermont dairyman and has a tractor-loving son.

Dr. Julie has been with UVM since 2002 and has applied her veterinary background to programs in the areas of herd health, calf and heifer management, and agricultural emergency management.

She has conducted trainings for Extension educators, livestock producers, and community members on the risks posed by a range of animal diseases, whether they already exist in the United States, exist outside of the United States, or pose a risk to both animal and human health. In all cases, she emphasizes the importance of awareness and prevention.

As a veterinarian and spouse of a dairy farmer, Dr. Julie is well aware of the animal health and well-being concerns of dairy animals. She has been guiding undergraduate students in thinking critically about animal welfare (in the required course, ASCI 122) since Fall 2014. Her role in coordinating the educational component of Vermont Breakfast on the Farm since 2015 extends these efforts to a wider audience.

Dr. Julie is currently leading a USDA-funded multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional project, which seeks to understand the human dimensions of protecting food animal health, particularly from new, emerging, or exotic pests or diseases. Her previous research efforts studied the interactions among nutrition, growth, and immune system development in young dairy calves and explored the risk of highly contagious disease spread among Vermont dairy farms.

Websites maintained by Dr. Julie:

Healthy Farms -- Healthy Agriculture

Dr. Julie Smith's Dairy Blog

Selected publications and technical reports

Smith, R. L., Y. T. Grohn, A .K. Padhan, R. H. Whitlock, J. S. Van Kessel, J. M. Smith, D. R. Wolfgang, Y. H. Schukken. 2016. The effects of progressing and non-progressing Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis infection on milk production in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 99:1383-1390.

Lambertini E, J. Karns, J. S. Van Kessel, H. Cao, Y. Schukken, D. Wolfgang, J. Smith, and A. Pradhan.Accepted, posted online 24 April 2015. Dynamics of Escherichia coli virulence factors in dairy herds and farm environments from a longitudinal study in the United States. Applied and Environmental Microbiology doi:10.1128/AEM.00465.15.

Kung, Jr., L. J. M. Lim, D. J. Hudson, J. M. Smith and R. D. Joerger. 2015. Chemical composition and nutritive value of corn silage harvested in the northeastern US affected by Hurricane Irene. Journal of Dairy Science 98:2055-2062.

Smith, J. M. 2014. Controlling survey response error in a mail survey of dairy farmers: a case report. Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(5) Article 5TOT6. Available at:

Smith, J. M. and R. H. Whitlock. 2012. CaseReport: Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection in three generations of beef cattle, Bovine Practitioner 46:32-35.

Smith, J., L. Black, and L. Williams. 2012. Emergency exercise participation and evaluation, Journal of Extension [On-line], 50(3). Available at:

Smith, R. L., Y. H. Schukken, A. K. Pradhan, J. M. Smith, R. H. Whitlock, J. S. Van Kessel, D. R. Wolfgang and Y. T. Grohn. 2011. Environmental contamination with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in endemically infected dairy herds, Preventive Veterinary Medicine 102:1-9.

Calder, R. and J. Smith. 2010. Series of fact sheets on Johne’s disease. Available at:

Smith, J. M., R. L. Parsons, K. Van Dis, and G. N. Matiru. 2008. Love thy neighbor—but does that include a six hundred eighty-four-cow dairy operation? A survey of community perceptions. Journal of Dairy Science 91:1673-1685.

Bovine Alliance on Management and Nutrition (BAMN). 2007. Heifer growth and economics:  Target growth. 6 pp. Available at:

Smith, Julia M. 2007. Steps to bolster your dairy farm's biosecurity: an introductory video. Journal of Extension 45, Article 4TOT6,

Selected presentations

Smith, J. and C. Emanuel. Animals and Animal Agriculture in Radiological Emergencies. Extension Disaster Education Network webinar. June 14, 2016, https://learn.extension,org/events2446

Smith, J. Animal Welfare in the Milking Parlor. Cow Comfort, Animal Welfare and the Public. Northern New York Cornell Cooperative Extension workshops.

                January 12, 2016, Burrville, NY (Watertown)
                January 13, 2016, Canton, NY
                January 14, 2016, Chazy, NY (Miner Institute)

Smith, J. Milk residues from a veterinarian's perspective. Dairy Practices Council. November 5, 2015, Burlington, VT.

Smith, J. The complexity of saving your bacon: the policy and human behavioral challenges of protecting food animal health. Research Summaries Session, US Animal Health Association. October 26, 2015, Providence, RI.

Smith, J.  Don't Track It (Back): Tips for Maintaining Biosecurity. Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Services Technical Training, April 12, 2015. Richmond, VT.

Smith, J. Dollars and Sense of Calf Raising: Leveraging Opportunities. New England Cooperative Extension event coordinated by U Mass Amherst Cooperative Extension, Cost Reducing Strategies for Dairy and Livestock Operations, March 18, 2014. S. Deerfield, MA.

Smith, J., Waters, K. Communication Before, During and After Disaster: How Key Message Development and Audience Identification Strengthen Extension Capabilities. Extension Disaster Education Network Annual Meeting, October 10, 2013., Madison, WI.

Smith, J. Vermont Dairy Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities. Vermont Dairy Industry Association Conference, September 19, 2012, Burlington, VT.

Smith, J. Milk Truck Cleaning and Disinfection Drill. New England States Animal Agricultural Security Alliance. May 7, 2012, White River Junction, VT.

Smith, J. Vermont Dairy Farm Biosecurity: 2010 Survey. New England States Animal Agricultural Security Alliance. May 7, 2012, White River Junction, VT.

Smith, J. Agricultural Emergency Preparedness. Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference. November 5, 2011, Stowe, VT.

Smith, J., K. Waters, T. Naile, S. Degenhart, and F. Peppers. Building extension capacity to support effective risk and crisis communications with agricultural stakeholders. Extension Disaster Education Network Annual Meeting, October 13, 2011, Portland, OR.

Smith, J. Developing a New England Regional Agricultural Communications System. New England States Animal Agricultural Security Alliance. September 13, 2011, via FoodShield webinar.

Smith, J. Risky Networks and Network Solutions. Advisory meeting of AFRI project. June 10, 2011, Middlebury, VT.

Smith, J. Risk Communication. Advisory meeting of AFRI project. December 10, 2010, Middlebury, VT.


Recent publications

Recent presentations

Biosecurity video order information

Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture DVD

National Association of County Agricultural Agents 2005
National Winner, Video Communications Competition

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