Alejandro "Alex" Ramirez

DVM, MPH, PhD, Diplomate ACVPM
Associate Professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
Interim Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
Roy A. Schultz Professorship in Swine Medicine
2231 Lloyd
Education & Certifications  

DVM – Iowa State University
MPH – University of Iowa
PhD – Iowa State University
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine


Courses as Primary or Co-Instructor:
VDPAM 308 – Spanish for Veterinarians  2010 - Current
VDPAM 309 – Intro to Production Animal Informatics  2007 - 2009
VDPAM 310 – Intro to Production Animal Medicine  2006 - 2007
VDPAM 407/507 – Evidence Based Clinical Decision Making  2008 - Current
VDPAM 409 - Veterinary Practice Management and Organization 2017 - Current
VDPAM 414/514 – Veterinary Practice Entrepreneurship  2016 - Current
VDPAM 419 – Advance Swine Production Informatics  2007 - Current
VDPAM 420C – Preceptorship: Gov. or Food Processing  2014 - 2016
VDPAM 445 – Clinical Medicine  2006 - Current
VDPAM 478 – Introduction to Swine Production Medicine  2005 - 2006
VDPAM 480 – Swine Production Medicine  2006 - Current
VDPAM 487 – Livestock Disease Prevention  2007 - Current
VDPAM 496 – International Preceptorship   2011 - Current

Courses as Guest Lecturer:
175:211 – Veterinary Public Health – University of Iowa  2007 - 2010
An S 190 - Livestock Handling, Safety and Welfare  2013 - 2015
An S 225 – Swine Science  2007 - Current
An S 310A - Survey of Veterinary Careers 2016 - 2018
VCS 311 – Veterinarians in Society I  2006 - 2008
VCS 312 – Veterinarians in Society II  2008
VCS 313 – Veterinarians in Society III  2008 - Current
VCS 314 – Veterinarians in Society IV  2010
VCS 495 – Seminar (“Grand Rounds”)  2008 - Current
VDPAM 309 – Intro to Production Animal Informatics  2009 - Current
VDPAM 340 – Clinical Foundations I  2007 - Current
VDPAM 411 – Production Animal Medicine  2005 - 2009
VDPAM 456 – Vet. Diagnostic Medicine and Applications  2007 - Current
VDPAM 560X - Ecology of Infectious Diseases 2019 - Current
VMPM 378 – Case Study IV  2008 - 2012

Research Focus & Interests  

Interested in clinical swine medicine, epidemiology, infectious disease transmission, biosecurity, and public health.

Honors & Awards  

Roy A Schultz Endowed Professorship in Swine Medicine 2017 - current
Iowa State University Award for Early Achievement in Teaching 2016
Dr. William O. Reece Award for Outstanding Academic Advising 2016
Alex Hogg Memorial Scholarship - American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation 2011
Dr. William O. Reece Award for Outstanding Academic Advising - Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine 2010


American Association of Swine Veterinarians – past president


American Association of Swine veterinarians (AASV)
American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA)
Veterinary Medical Alumni Association at ISU (VMAA)
American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)

Selected Publications  

Google Scholar Page

Schneider PT, Zhang J, Ramirez A, Wang C, Holtkamp DJ. Evaluation of disinfection protocols to reduce virus transmission via livestock transport vehicles using model trailers and experimental conditions. Swine Health Prod. 2015;23(6):306-316.

Pepin BJ*, Kittawornrat A, Lui F, Gauger PC, Harmon K, Abate S, Main R, Garton C, Hargrove J, Rademacher C, Ramirez A, Zimmerman J. Comparison of specimens for detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection in boar studs. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2015;62:295-304.

Neto JC*, Strait E. Raymond M, Ramirez A, Minion C. Antibody Responses of Swine Following Infection with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, M. hyorhinis, M. hyosynoviae and M. flocculare. Vet Micro. 2014; 174:163-171.

Ramirez A, Rowe E, Arruda P, Madson D. Use of equine origin antitoxin in piglets prior to exposure to mitigate the effects of Clostridium difficile infection – a pilot study. Swine Health Prod. 2014; 22(1):29-32.

Uddin Kahn S, Atanasova KR, Kruger WS, Ramirez A, Gray GG. Epidemiology, geographical distribution, and economic consequences of swine zoonoses: a narrative review. Emerg Microb Infect. 2013; 2:e92. doi:10.1038/emi.2013.87.

Johnson AK, Gesing LM, Ellis M, McGlone JJ, Berg E, Lonergan SM, Fitzgerald R, Karriker LA, Ramirez A, Stalder KJ, Sapkota A, Kephart R, Selsby JT, Sadler LJ, Ritter MJ. Farm and pig factors affecting welfare during the marketing process. J An Sci.  2013;91(6):2481-2491.

Frana TS, Beahm AR, Hanson BM, Kinyon JM, Layman LL, Karriker LA, Ramirez A, Smith TC.  Isolation and characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from pork farms and visiting veterinary students.  PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e53738.

Trible BR, Ramirez A, Suddith A, Fuller A, Kerrigan M, Hesse R, Nietfeld J, Guo B, Thacker E, Rowland RRR. Antibody responses following vaccination versus infection in a porcine circovirus-type 2 (PCV2) disease model show distinct differences in virus neutralization and epitope recognition. Vaccine. 2012;30(27):4079-4085.

Ramirez A, Wang C, Prickett JR, Pogranichniy R,  Yoon KJ, Main R, Johnson JK, Rademacher C, Hoogland H, Hoffmann P, Kurtz A, Kurtz E, Zimmerman J.  Efficient surveillance of pig populations using oral fluids.  Prev Vet Med. 2012;104(3-4):292-300.

O'Connor AM, Auvermann B, Bickett-Weddle D, Kirkhorn S, Sargent JM, Ramirez A, VonEssen SG. The Association between Proximity to Animal Feeding Operations and Community Health: A Systematic Review.  PLoS One. 2010;5(3):e9530.

O’Connor AM, Sargeant JM, Gardner IA, Dickson JS, Torrence ME, and consensus meeting participants: Dewey CE, Dohoo IR, Evans RB, Gray JT, Greiner M, Keefe G, Lefebvre SL, Morley PS, Ramirez A, Sischo W, Smith DR, Snedeker K, Sofos J, Ward MP, Willis R. The REFLECT Statement: Methods and Processes of Creating Reporting Guidelines for Randomized Controlled Trials for Livestock and Food Safety. J Vet Intern Med. 2010;24:57-64.

Sargeant JM, O’Connor AM, Gardner IA, Dickson JS, Torrence ME, and consensus meeting participants: Dohoo IR, Lefebvre SL, Morley PS, Ramirez A, Snedeker K. The REFLECT Statement: Methods and Processes of Creating Reporting Guidelines for Randomized Controlled Trials for Livestock and Food Safety: Explanation and Elaboration. Zoo Pub Health. 2010;57:105-136.

Karriker LA, Ramirez A, Leuschen B, Halbur P. Innovative experiences that engage students early and position them to succeed in food supply veterinary medicine. J Vet Med Ed. 2008;35 (2):297-304.

Ramirez A, Capuano AW, Wellman DA, Lesher KA, Setterquist SF, Gray GC. Preventing zoonotic influenza virus infection. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12 (6):997-1000.  Available at