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Dr. Leanne Berning

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Milking and Udder Health

Dr. Leanne Berning
Professor, Dairy Science, California Polytechnic State University

Dr. Leanne Berning

Area of Expertise
Dr. Berning's areas of specialization include milk secretion and mastitis, as well as computer applications to communications and management. Her research interests focus on the immune response of the mammary gland to mastitis pathogens. Additionally, she is interested in analyzing milking practices and teat disinfectants that may lead to reduced incidence of mastitis and reduction of antibiotic use in the dairy operation. Dr. Berning teaches several courses, including Lactation Physiology, Commercial Dairy Herd Management and the general education course called General Dairy Husbandry.

Academic Training

PhD 1990 University of Maryland Animal Science
MS 1985 University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science
BS 1982 California Polytechnic State University Animal Science

Professional Experience

1990 - Present Lecturer (1990 – 1994), Asst. Professor in Dairy Science (1994), Assoc. Professor (1998), Professor (2003 – present)
1985 - 1990 Graduate Research Assistant, Milk Secretion and Mastitis Laboratory, University of Maryland and USDA-Beltsville, Maryland
1983 - 1985 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors and Awards
University Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee and Finalist, 2007
Seminis Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2007
DRC Outstanding Faculty, 2003 – 2004
Nominee, USDA National Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2000 & 2001
AASCARR National Outstanding Teacher Award, 1997
Monsanto Agriculture Faculty Award, 1996
ADSA National Club Advisor of the Year, 1995
Four-time Dole Award nominee, Finalist in 1995
Distinguished Professor Award, Alpha Gamma Rho, 1993
College of Agriculture Club Advisor of the Year Award, 1991 – 1992, 1994 – 1995
Annual Faculty Appreciation Dinner Honoree, 1990 – 2005



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