Hans Coetzee

BVSc, Cert CHP, PhD, Diplomate ACVCP
Education & Certifications  

2005, PhD Veterinary Microbiology, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine (VMPM) College of Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University, Ames, IA
1996, Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc.) Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort South Africa

Board Certifications
2014 Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare (DACAW)
2006 Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (DACVCP)
2000 Certificate in Cattle Health and Production (Cert CHP), Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, RCVS, London, United Kingdom


BMS 354 - General Pharmacology. Pharmacokinetics Section
VDPAM 436 - Beef Records Analysis. Antimicrobial Selection for feedlot use
VDPAM 445 - Production Animal Clinical Medicine. Pain management in cattle
BMS 443 - Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Antimicrobial Use
VDPAM 488 - Laboratory in Clinical Microbiology. Antimicrobial Selection
VDPAM 654 - Comparative Antimicrobial Clinical Pharmacology

Research Focus & Interests  

Dr. Hans Coetzee is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996. After graduation he worked for four years in mixed animal practice in Northern Ireland followed by 2 years in pharmaceutical research and development at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. He received a specialist Certificate in Cattle Health and Production from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London) in 2000 and a doctorate in Veterinary Microbiology from Iowa State University in 2005. He holds board certification in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Animal Welfare. His professional interests include the development of analgesic drug regimens for use in food animals and therapy of bovine anaplasmosis. He has published 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and received over $5.5 million in research funding. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and his twin daughters.

Honors & Awards  

2014 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Award of Excellence
2014 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, August 2014
Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, 2011
2006 Novartis Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of third year students, September 2006
Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society, 2004
Fort Dodge Animal Health Fellowship in Veterinary Medicine, 2004
Northern Ireland Veterinarian of the Year Award, 2000
Frank Mullen Memorial Trophy for the best clinical presentation by a practitioner at the North of Ireland Veterinary Association Annual Meeting, 1999
Runner-up best case presentation in a United Kingdom wide competition sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, April, 1998
The Pharmacia and Upjohn Award for achievement in the subjects relating to Promotive Animal Heath (Herd Health and Poultry Diseases), 1996
The SSM Electromedical Award for the best student in Small Animal Medicine, 1996
Pfizer Award for the best student in Veterinary Public Health, 1996


Chair- AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, 2015-2016.
Chair of the committee organizing the Animal Welfare sessions at the 152nd American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Convention, Boston, MA, 2015
4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, Chair of the organizing committee, 2014
American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Animal Welfare Committee, 2008 - 2014
American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Credentials Committee, 2009 - 2013
45th Annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, organizing Committee, Beef Sessions. 2012


American Association of Swine Practitioners 2014 - present
Academy of Veterinary Consultants 2013– present
American Dairy Science Association 2013 – present
American Society of Animal Science 2013 – present
American Veterinary Medical Association 2007 – present
American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2006 – present
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons 1996 – present
American Association of Bovine Practitioners 1996 – present

Selected Publications