2017 SWNC Pre-Conference Speaker Title:
“Utilizing on Farm Records to Understand the True Cost of Fresh Cow Disease”
Dr. Michael Overton received his B.S. and D.V.M. from North Carolina State University and practiced veterinary medicine for 8 years in North Carolina. After a move to California to complete a Dairy Production Medicine Residency and his Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree, he worked as a Dairy Production Medicine Specialist at UC Davis-VMTRC in Tulare, CA for 6 years. Then, he joined the University of Georgia – College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as Professor of Dairy Production Medicine and chief of service for the food animal program for about 7 years.
In May 2012, Dr. Overton left his tenured position at the University of Georgia to assume a Dairy Analytics position with Elanco Knowledge Solutions. In this role, Dr. Overton is responsible for developing economic models and tools for both internal and external customers, for providing consultative services to dairies and their consultants, and for building analytical capabilities for the global Elanco team. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Overton worked extensively in the areas of reproductive management, transition management, analysis of on-farm records, and economic decision making. He has been active in service to the dairy industry and travels frequently to speak and consult in the U.S. and internationally. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed, proceedings or industry publications on various topics regarding dairy production medicine.
Dr. Overton lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife Carol. Their son, Justin, works for ANC, a turnkey technology service provider in Atlanta. Their daughter, Audrey, is a recent graduate from at Mercer’s Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and is married and living in Blairsville, Ga.