David T. Bechtol, DVM

16851 Hope Road
Canyon, Texas  79015

Birthdate:    February 6, 1937
Birthplace:  Amarillo, Texas
Married:      Mary R. Bechtol

Professional Interest
Food animal consultation
Computerized herd health record system
Feedlot cattle research

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, 1964
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1965
University of Nebraska
Great Plains Veterinary Education Center
Beef Cattle Production Management Series, 1999

Professional Experience

2012 - Present
Co-owner Veterinary Health Source, LLC
Specializing in dairy, swine and companion animal research.

1975 - Present
President of food animal consultation practice, Palo Duro Con-
sultation Research & Feedlot.  Primary responsibilities include
supervision and technical expertise involved with maintenance of
comprehensive herd health practice.  Developed computerized
herd health record system currently used in consultant programs.

1979 - Present
Founded private research facility, Agri Research Center, Inc.
The primary objective of this facility is to perform pharmaceuti-
cal, biological and feed-additive trials in a scientifically controlled
Specializing in beef stocker-backgrounding, feedlot and equine research.

June 1966 - January 1975
General practice, Dimmitt, Texas
Started practice; built up to three person practice. Partnership
established in May 1970. Emphasis on food animal medicine.
Swine and cattle consultant. Sold practice in January 1973.

August 1965 - June 1966
Large animal practice
Dr. Bob Boss, Amarillo, Texas

Society Memberships
Academy of Veterinary Consultants
Charter member
President 1972-73
1986 Consultant of the Year
1998 Life Member

Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Member since 1965
Past member of beef practice, research, feedlot, swine, legisla-
tive, building fund and stocker/feeder committees and TVMA
Past chairman of feedlot and swine committees
President 1979-80
1981 Food Animal Practitioner of the Year

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
Member since 1965
Past district director
Past chairman food and drug committee
President 1979-80
1981 AABP Practitioners Award
1998 AABP Practitioners Award for Excellence in Preventive 
Medicine- Beef

American Association of Industrial Veterinarians
Member since 1979

American Society of Agricultural Consultants
Member since 1969-1999
Served on membership committee
Director 1987-89
Secretary-treasurer 1988-89
President-elect 1990-91
President 1991-92

American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Charter member
Past District Director
President 1973-74

American Veterinary Medical Association
Member since 1965
Served on Drug Availability and Animal Welfare Committees
Served on Council on Biologic and Therapeutic agents

Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame
Beef Inducte Sept 2014

National Emerging Democracies Committee 1992
Appointed by Secretary of Agriculture

Texas A&M University
Adjunct professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine
and Surgery
Past member advisory board to the dean of the School of
Veterinary Medicine representing food animal medicine
Distinguished Alumni Award 1982
Distinguished Alumni Award Award 1991—“75th Year in
Making Awards Celebration”

Texas A & M Institutional Biosafety Committee
Member 2014

TVMDL Directory's Advisory Council
Member 2013

Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Associate member
Agri Research Center, Inc.—feedlot member
Chairman Regulatory Committee 1987
Member Board of Directors 1987-89
Member Regulatory Committee 1996-97

National Cattleman’s Beef Association
Past member animal health, diseases and identification committee
Member beef safety committee
Chairman subcommittee on animal drugs, biologicals and feed-
additives 1988-89

United States Animal Health Association
Member since 1979
Past member livestock identification committee

Feeding Quality Forum 2013
Certified Angus Beef
Industry Achievement Awared
First veterinarian to be recognized

Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce
President 1972

Dimmitt Jaycees
Outstanding Young Man 1972

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

FFA Honorary State Farmer

United States Marine Corps 1956-58

First Baptist Church, Canyon, Texas

Student Programs
Since 1973 have had students on externship from:
Texas           Georgia             Minnesota            Illinois               
Iowa            Ohio                  Mississippi            Indiana     
Colorado     Oklahoma          Indiana                 Kansas
California     North Carolina   South Africa        Australia
Argentina      Florida              Illinois

Represented Texas Veterinary Association, Texas Cattle Feed-ers
Association and American Association of Bovine Practition-
ers at several hearings in Washington, DC, College Station, and
Dallas concerning low level antibiotic feeding and the Diethyl-
stilbestrol situation.


Bechtol, Velardo. The Feedlot Veterinarian...A Money Saving 
Member of Management. Veterinary Economics, Vol. 13, No. 10,
October, 1972, pp. 34-39.

Bechtol, Pfizer. Communisulting. Agri Dynamics, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1972, pp. 16-23.

Irwin, Brown, Deyhle, Bechtol. Association of Bovine Papular Stomatitis with the “Rat Tail” Syndrome of Feedlot Cattle. The Southwestern Veterinarian, Vol. 29, No. 2, 1976.

Bechtol, Jordon. Cattle Feedlot Health Management. Current Veterinary Therapy:  Food Animal Practice, 1984.

Bechtol. Record Keeping:  Key to Successful Feedlot Health Programs. Norden News, Vol. 56, No. 1, 1981, pp. 32-35.

Bechtol. Feedlot Receiving Programs. Norden News, Vol 56, No. 2, 1981, pp. 12-16.

Bechtol. Feedlot Treatment Programs, A Systematic Approach to Cutting Disease Losses. Norden News, Vol. 56, No. 3, 1981, pp. 8-14.

Bechtol. Feedlot Animal Health. bimonthly article, Drover’s Journal, October 1982-1994.

Bechtol, Jordon. Cattle Feedlot Health Management. Current Veterinary Therapy:  Food Animal Practice, revised edition, 1988.

Bechtol, Jordon, Pollreisz, series editors. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian, 1987-1993.

Bechtol, et. al. Beef Production Medicine, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996,
1998, 2000, 2002, 2004

Bechtol., Necropsy Examination-Necropsy Techniques for Feedlot
Personnel, a pictorial guide, 2000

Bechtol., Cattle Disease Guide, 2001

Bechtol., Cattle Treatment Guide, 2004

Bechtol,et. al. The Cattleman, Ranching Livestock Management, Quick reference sheet on what to watch for and provide to your beef herd during 2014 calendar of events.

Academy of Veterinary Consultants
American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Association of Swine Practitioners
American Society of Agricultural Consultants
American Veterinary Medical Association
Animal Health Institute
Australian Association of Cattle Practitioners
Austarlian Lot Feeders Association
APROVAC(Spain Feedlot Association)
ANEMBE(Spanish Buiatric Veterinary Association)
Beef Production Medicine Seminars with Animal Technologies
Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
Mexican Bovine Practitioners Association
Michigan State Post Graduate Seminar
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
Mongolian State University of Agriculture
New Mexico Academy of Veterinary Medicine
Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
South African Veterinary Association
Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice
Texas Cattle Feeders Association
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Western States Veterinary Conference

Presentations primarily cover feedlot herd health management with emphasis on:

Handling sick calves on arrival
Feedlot diseases
Processing and treatment programs
Feedlot records system

Represented Food Animal Medicine Veterinarians on Ag-USA, a nationally syndicated half-hour television program.
1)  Columbus, Ohio, March 12, 1986
2)  Kansas City, Missouri, October 27, 1986
3)  Texas Feedlot Veterinarian, 1987


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