University of Vermont

Department of Animal Science (ASCI)

Julie Smith, DVM, PhD

Dr. Julie SmithJulie Smith, DVM, PhD

Extension Associate Professor

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

My research interests include the interactions among nutrition, growth, and immune system development in young dairy calves. Previous research efforts have also explored the risk of highly contagious disease spread among Vermont dairy farms.

My outreach efforts have focused on improving and protecting animal health through preventative herd health and biosecurity. I created a website, Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture, and produced a video overview of dairy cattle biosecurity which received a national award in 2005. (See below.) I have worked with the Vermont Cattle Health Improvement Program, which promotes risk assessment and management of Johne's disease. I have also conducted trainings for Extension educators, livestock producers, and community members on the risks posed by the introduction of a highly contagious annual disease and the importance of preparedness in all sectors of the livestock industry.

As a veterinarian and spouse of a dairy farmer, I am well aware of the economic, environmental, and societal challenges faced by dairy producers. I currently serve as President of the Vermont Dairy Industry Association.

Selected publications and technical reports

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

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