The Team

Dr. Luís Mendonça received a D.V.M degree in 2006 at Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil. In 2007 he worked in a private practice that specialized in reproductive management and technologies (i.e. embryo transfer and in vitro embryo production), providing services to clients across various states of Brazil and in Bolivia. In 2008 he was hired as a postgraduate researcher at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, CA, where he worked in large dairy operations and was involved in different aspects of dairy production research. He obtained his M.S. degree and completed his residency in Dairy Production Medicine (2012) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Mendonça joined the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in 2013 as a State Dairy Extension Specialist where he now has a 30% research and 70% extension appointment.


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Dr. Alexandre Scanavez received a D.V.M. degree in 2010 at Universidade Federal de Uberlandia, Brazil. Dr. Scanavez worked as a junior scientist at University of Minnesota from 2010 to 2011, conducting activities mainly related to reproductive management and transition period of dairy cows in large herds in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2011, Dr. Scanavez was hired by Dannon to work as a consultant for a group of 11 herds in southwest of Brazil focusing on reproduction, nutrition, and economics of dairy farming. In 2016, Dr. Scanavez started a Ph.D. program in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University under the supervision of Dr. Mendonça. He is currently working on projects involving dairy cows’ reproduction and herd performance evaluation.



Dr. Caio Gamarra earned his D.V.M. degree in 2016 at Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Dr. Gamarra worked as a junior scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. He is currently working towards a M.S. degree at K-State under the supervision of Dr. Mendonça. His research projects focuses on reducing antibiotic usage in lactating dairy cows.



Hidenobu Taguchi (Hide) is originally from Japan. He works for Feed One. His role at the Japanese company involves expanding business in foreign countries. He is spending a year in Kansas to increase his knowledge about dairy production.



Raphael Saraiva is a postgraduate researcher at Kansas State University. Raphael graduated from Veterinary School in 2017 and he is assisting in ongoing research projects.



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