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Dr. Zelmar Rodriguez is a dairy veterinarian and Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.

He worked in the dairy industry and completed a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at the University of Minnesota before joining MSU.

Dr. Rodriguez has an integrated research and extension program, dedicated to developing effective management strategies to improve overall profitability and sustainability of dairy farms by optimizing milk quality, antimicrobial usage, and disease control. He teaches veterinary and graduate students on the the application of quantitative epidemiological tools to prevent animal diseases.

Through his work he delivers science-based solutions to stakeholders in the dairy industry. He enjoys collaborative research, and his contributions can be found in peer-reviewed literature and through extension efforts, underscoring his commitment to bridging the gap between research and practical application in the dairy industry.


  • DVM
  • PhD