Susan Kerr, DVM, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Dr. Kerr hails from rural upstate NY. She attended Cornell University, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She entered private practice in a rural mixed animal practice. After 7 years, she matriculated at Kansas State University and received a PhD in Education. Dr. Kerr then moved to Washington State and served as the director of WSU-Klickitat County Extension for 17 years. She has been the NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist for 2 years, located at the WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. She is a full professor at WSU and an affiliate faculty member of the WSU Animal Science department.

Contact Information

Mount Vernon, WA 98273-
Tel: 360-848-6151

Research Interests

  • Biosecurity
    Animal health and well being
    Animal selection for disease resistance
    Disaster preparedness

Teaching interests

Quality assurance
Disaster preparedness
Animal health and disease
Small ruminant parasite control


BS, Animal Science, Cornell University, 1981
DVM, <unknown>, Cornell University, 1985
PhD, <unknown>, Kansas State University, 1995


Natural Predators as a Means to Limit Wildlife Damage at the Dairy-Fruit Interface (WSARE Farmer/Rancher Grant FW10-012).
A Human Behavioral Approach to Reducing the Impact of Livestock Pest or Disease Incursions of Socio-Economic Importance (AFRI CAP 004417).
Minimize Flies, Reduce Insecticide Use, Protect Employees: The UW/WSU Dairy Integrated Fly Management Project (5U54OH007544).
Cultivating New Generation and Immigrant Farmers in Washington (USDA NIFA).
An Integrated Approach to Control of Bovine Respiratory Diseases (USDA AFRI CAP).
National Animal Health Monitoring System 2014-2015 Dairy Cattle data collection and report (calf emphasis)
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