YH (Ynte) Schukken

YH (Ynte) Schukken

Special Professor Management of Farm Animal Health


Chief Executive Officer, Royal GD

Professor of Management of Farm Animal Health, Wageningen University and Professor of Farm Animal Disease Control Programs, Utrecht University (joint position).



The positions at Wageningen and Utrecht University are adjunct professorships. The funding for these positions is coming from Royal GD.



1985    DVM, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

1987        M.Sc., Cornell University – thesis title:

Epidemiology of and the relationship between retained placenta and Mastitis

1990    Ph.D., University of Utrecht – thesis title:

Epidemiological studies on clinical mastitis in herds with a low bulk milk somatic cell count


1985 - 1986         Veterinary practitioner

1987 - 1991         Department of Herd health and Reproduction, Utrecht University

1991 - 1992         Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph, Canada

1991 - 1999         Department of Herd Health and Reproduction, University of Utrecht.

1999 - 2013         Director of Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 1999 - 2015        Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 2013 - 2016        Chief Scientific Officer, GD Animal Health

 2016 - current     Chief Executive Officer, GD Animal Health

 2015 - current     Wageningen and Utrecht University


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Research Interests

My current research interests are in two major areas:

1.      Understanding population dynamics of infectious diseases in animal populations.

2.      Application of epidemiological, statistical and mathematical methods to animal disease research.