Nigel Cook, BSc BVSc Cert CHP DBR MRCVS, Professor

Department of Medical Sciences
Office: 2031

Nigel Cook, BSc BVSc Cert CHP DBR MRCVS, Professor

Titles and Education

  1. 1986-1990
    Bachelor of Science (BSc) Zoology with 1st Class Honors
    University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science, England.
  2. 1986-1992
    Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) with Honors
    University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Science, England.
  3. 1995
    Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Cattle Health & Production
  4. 1998
    Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (with Distinction), University of Liverpool.
  5. 2007
    Diplomate of European College of Bovine Health Management


Dr. Cook has spent over two decades examining the impact of the environment on the well-being of dairy cattle. His primary focus has been to investigate the risk factors for lameness in dairy herds and to provide tools to help dairy producers diagnose, treat and prevent it. He has investigated the roles of stall design and resting behavior, heat stress behavior and milking waiting time and footbath design and management on lameness. He has also enhanced early lactation performance by improving transition period management and housing strategies.

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Dr. Cook is Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences - one of the clinical departments in the School of Veterinary Medicine with ~ 35 faculty. He is a member of the food animal production medicine group and chair of the curriculum committee. He was President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners for 2012/2013 and continues to be a member of the Lameness Committee. He teaches in the Core Skills and Advanced Skills in Production Medicine final year elective rotations and lectures on bovine mastitis, lameness, ventilation and animal welfare.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cook manages The Dairyland Initiative: a unique web-based outreach program aimed at ensuring dairy producers and their consultants have access to all the up to date information that they need to build welfare friendly facilities for dairy cattle and prevent lameness. The program has over 15,000 users worldwide and over 1,000 attendees have been trained in workshops provided by the program. Dr. Cook is also involved in the development of welfare enhancement assessments and audits for dairy cattle and provides facility planning and a clinical troubleshooting service to dairy farmers.

Recent Publications

  1. Cook, N.B. and K.V. Nordlund. (2009). The influence of the environment on dairy cow behavior, claw health and herd lameness dynamics. The Vet. Journal 179:360-369.
  2. Gomez, A and N.B. Cook. (2010) Time budgets of lactating dairy cattle in commercial freestall herds. J. Dairy Sci. 93:5722-5781.
  3. Calderon, D and N.B. Cook. (2011) The effect of lameness on the resting behavior and metabolic status of dairy cattle during the transition period in a freestall housed dairy herd. J. Dairy Sci.  94:2883-2894.
  4. Cook, N.B., Rieman J., Gomez, A., and K. Burgi. (2012). Observations on the design and use of footbaths for the control of infectious hoof disease in dairy cattle. The Vet. J. In Press at
  5. Cook, N.B. (2017). Assessment of cattle welfare: Common animal-based measures. Ch. 2, pp 27-53 In: Advances in Cattle Welfare. Edited by Cassandra Tucker. Woodhead Publishing, UK.
  6. Cook, N.B. (2017). A Review of the Design and Management of Footbaths for Dairy Cattle. pp. 195-225 In: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice. Lameness in cattle. Vol. 33, No. 2, Edited by J.K. Shearer. Elsevier, PA. July 2017.
  7.   Cook., N.B. (2019). Optimizing resting behaviour in lactating dairy cows through freestall design. In: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice: Housing to Optimize comfort, health and productivity of dairy cattle. Vol. 35, No.1 Edited by N.B. Cook. Elsevier, PA. pp. 93-110
  8.   Cook., N.B. (2019). Designing facilities for the adult dairy cow during the non-lactation and early lactation period. In: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice: Housing to Optimize comfort, health and productivity of dairy cattle. Vol. 35, No.1, Edited by N.B. Cook. Elsevier, PA. pp 125-138
  9. ​​​​​​​Cook, N.B. (2019). Symposium Review: The impact of management and facilities on cow culling rates. J. Dairy Sci. 103. In press at
  10. Brotzman R.L., Cook, N.B., Nordlund, K., Bennett, T.B., Gomez-Rivas, A., and Dopfer, D. (2015). Cluster analysis of Dairy Herd Improvement data to discover trends in performance characteristics in large upper Midwest dairy herds. J Dairy Sci. 98:3059-3070
  11. Brotzman R.L., Dopfer, D., Foy, M.R., Hess, J.P., Nordlund, K., Bennett, and Cook, N.B. (2015). Survey of facility and management characteristics of large, Upper Midwest dairy herds clustered by Dairy Herd Improvement records. J Dairy Sci. 98:8245-8261
  12. Gomez, A., Cook, N.B., Socha, M.T., and Dopfer, D. (2015). First lactation performance in cows affected by digital dermatitis during the rearing period. J Dairy Sci. 98:4487-4498
  13. Cook, N.B., Hess, J.P., Foy, M.R., Bennett, T.B., and R. L. Brotzman. (2016). Management characteristics, lameness and body injuries of dairy cattle housed in high performance dairy herds in Wisconsin. J. Dairy Sci. 99:5879-5891