Research Associate Professor

Dr. Julie Smith received her B.S., D.V.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. Originally from the NYC suburbs, she headed off to the ag school at Cornell and never looked back. She is married to a Vermont dairyman and has a tractor-loving son.

Dr. Julie has been with UVM since 2002 and has applied her veterinary background to programs in the areas of herd health, calf and heifer management, and agricultural emergency management.

She has conducted trainings for Extension educators, livestock producers, and community members on the risks posed by a range of animal diseases, whether they already exist in the United States, exist outside of the United States, or pose a risk to both animal and human health. In all cases, she emphasizes the importance of awareness and prevention.

As a veterinarian and spouse of a dairy farmer, Dr. Julie is well aware of the animal health and well-being concerns of dairy animals. She has been guiding undergraduate students in thinking critically about animal welfare (in the required course, ASCI 122) since Fall 2014. Her role in coordinating the educational component of Vermont Breakfast on the Farm since 2015 extends these efforts to a wider audience.

Dr. Julie is currently leading a USDA-funded multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional project, which seeks to understand the human dimensions of protecting food animal health, particularly from new, emerging, or exotic pests or diseases. Her previous research efforts studied the interactions among nutrition, growth, and immune system development in young dairy calves and explored the risk of highly contagious disease spread among Vermont dairy farms.


Selected publications and technical reports

Smith, R. L., Y. T. Grohn, A .K. Padhan, R. H. Whitlock, J. S. Van Kessel, J. M. Smith, D. R. Wolfgang, Y. H. Schukken. 2016. The effects of progressing and non-progressing Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis infection on milk production in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 99:1383-1390.

Lambertini E, J. Karns, J. S. Van Kessel, H. Cao, Y. Schukken, D. Wolfgang, J. Smith, and A. Pradhan.Accepted, posted online 24 April 2015. Dynamics of Escherichia coli virulence factors in dairy herds and farm environments from a longitudinal study in the United States. Applied and Environmental Microbiology doi:10.1128/AEM.00465.15.

Kung, Jr., L. J. M. Lim, D. J. Hudson, J. M. Smith and R. D. Joerger. 2015. Chemical composition and nutritive value of corn silage harvested in the northeastern US affected by Hurricane Irene. Journal of Dairy Science 98:2055-2062.

Smith, J. M. 2014. Controlling survey response error in a mail survey of dairy farmers: a case report. Journal of Extension [On-line], 52(5) Article 5TOT6. Available at:

Smith, J. M. and R. H. Whitlock. 2012. CaseReport: Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection in three generations of beef cattle, Bovine Practitioner 46:32-35.

Smith, J., L. Black, and L. Williams. 2012. Emergency exercise participation and evaluation, Journal of Extension [On-line], 50(3). Available at:

Smith, R. L., Y. H. Schukken, A. K. Pradhan, J. M. Smith, R. H. Whitlock, J. S. Van Kessel, D. R. Wolfgang and Y. T. Grohn. 2011. Environmental contamination with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in endemically infected dairy herds, Preventive Veterinary Medicine 102:1-9.

Calder, R. and J. Smith. 2010. Series of fact sheets on Johne’s disease. Available at:

Smith, J. M., R. L. Parsons, K. Van Dis, and G. N. Matiru. 2008. Love thy neighbor—but does that include a six hundred eighty-four-cow dairy operation? A survey of community perceptions. Journal of Dairy Science 91:1673-1685.

Bovine Alliance on Management and Nutrition (BAMN). 2007. Heifer growth and economics:  Target growth. 6 pp. Available at:

Smith, Julia M. 2007. Steps to bolster your dairy farm's biosecurity: an introductory video. Journal of Extension 45, Article 4TOT6,

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 John C. Finley Award
  • 2013 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Distinguished Service Award
  • The National Association of County Agricultural Agents Achievement Award 
  • Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Animal Health and Well-being, Biosecurity, Agrosecurity


  • D.V.M., Cornell University
  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • B.S., Cornell University


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Office Location:

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