Juan Velez

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"Dr. Juan Velez has been with Aurora Dairy since 1995. In his current role at Aurora Organic Dairy, he is responsible for oversight of all farm operations in Colorado and Texas. Dr. Velez is a recognized veterinary expert, and is a respected national and international speaker on cattle herd health and reproduction. He has applied this expertise to Aurora Organic Dairy, making animal welfare a top priority for the company.

"In addition to developing the Animal Welfare program for Aurora Organic Dairy, Dr. Velez created the original organic herd health program for Horizon Organic Dairy in 1995. He is very active in the National Organic Program and is a recognized leader in the areas of animal welfare and pasture issues. He has been featured in several leading organic herd health and dairy publications, is a frequent speaker at organic industry and veterinary symposiums and collaborates with leading experts on best practices in organic dairy management.

"A native of Bogota, Colombia, Juan received his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Lasalle in Bogota and holds a M.S. degree in cattle reproduction from Texas A&M University. He is also a Board Certified Theriogenologist and is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners."[1]


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  1. Aurora Organic Dairy Team, organizational web page, accessed February 10, 2013.