Tim Raasch

Tim Raasch grew up on a dairy farm in Southeast Minnesota. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota-Waseca with a degree in agriculture business in 1977. He’s been with Land O’ Lakes Inc. since 1978. Until 2010, he was a field staff member for the regions of Eastern South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, Northwest Iowa and Northern Nebraska. For the last six years, Tim has been a FARM evaluator and supervisor of the Land O’ Lakes national FARM staff. He is also a certified FARM trainer.

Cassandra Tucker, Ph.D.

Dr. Tucker is a Professor of Animal Science and Director for the Center for Animal Welfare at UC Davis. She teaches courses about domestic animal behavior and animal welfare. Her research aims to understand how cattle respond to housing and management decisions. She is committed to contributing to meaningful animal care standards as well as animal welfare auditor training. She is currently the chairperson for the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) Board of Directors.

Dr. Tucker earned her BSc from UC Davis and her PhD from the University of British Columbia. In addition to her time in Canada, she has lived and worked in New Zealand and Denmark. Outside of work, Cassandra enjoys time with friends and family, yoga and cooking and eating tasty meals.

Fred Gingrich, DVM

Dr. Gingrich grew up in rural northwest Ohio and graduated from Ohio State CVM in 1995. He worked for veterinarians throughout high school and was active in 4-H and FFA raising calves and sheep. Dr. Gingrich also practiced in Visalia, California, for two years in a large dairy practice then returned to Ohio where he focuses primarily on dairy practice with cow-calf and beef and owns Country Roads Veterinary Services, Inc., in Ashland, Ohio where he has practiced for 19 years.

He has been actively involved in organized veterinary medicine and with AABP has been involved with the Committee on Pharmaceutical and Biologic Issues and the AABP Executive Committee. He has a special interest in judicious drug use on beef and dairy farms including upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive issues and has been involved with the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and the National Milk Producers Federation residue avoidance manual.

Richard Doak, DVM

Richard Doak is the son of a multi-generational ranch family from Montana and New Mexico. He competed his undergraduate degree at New Mexico State and his doctorate at Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, he developed a passion for the dairy industry. Upon graduation, Richard moved to Phoenix, AZ where he spent 12 years with Dairy Vet Services working with large dry-lot herds. In 2004, he moved to Plain, WI and in 2006, to Maryland where he is currently practicing with Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians. Richard’s areas of interest include calves, transitions cows and dairy animal welfare. He has spoken on these subjects at many producer and veterinary meetings and served on several national boards. Through the practice he helped create Advaca LLC, a veterinary group that manages dairy animal welfare for regional milk cooperatives as well as consulting and 3rd party auditing services. He is a PAACO certified dairy auditor and a FARM Version 4 certified trainer/evaluator. Outside work, he enjoys running, the beach and family.

Brandon Treichler, DVM

Brandon is the quality control veterinarian with Select Milk Producers. In that role, Brandon’s practice focuses on consulting in the areas of Milk Quality, Animal Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Food Safety and Worker Safety. 

Dr. Brandon Treichler grew up on a family dairy farm in eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Treichler worked for a major milking equipment manufacturer, troubleshooting milk quality concerns and developing training and monitoring programs on dairies. After graduating from veterinary school, he joined a 13 doctor all dairy practice in Eastern Wisconsin, where he specialized in Milk Quality consulting within veterinary practice. He joined Select Milk Producers in 2015. 

Brandon is active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) AALC where he serves as the Vice Chair, the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) where he serves on the board of directors. Brandon also serves on the NMC (formerly the National Mastitis Council) board of directors. Dr. Treichler is very active in the National Milk Producers Federation, where he represents NMPF on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee.