University of Calgary

Herman Barkema

  • Professor
  • Faculty
  • Full Time Faculty


Dr. Barkema completed his DVM degree at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent 2½ years as manager of a large dairy and beef herd in Costa Rica, then taught bovine herd health at Utrecht University and worked as an epidemiologist for the Dutch Animal Health Service while completing his PhD. In 2001, Dr. Barkema moved to the University of Prince Edward Island. He subsequently moved to the University of Calgary, where he founded the Department of Production Animal Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He currently is Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at UCVM, with a joint appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine. He is also a Guest Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Fertility and Herd Health, Ghent University (Belgium). Dr. Barkema’s research program focuses on prevention and control of diseases in cattle herds, with a special interest in mastitis and Johne’s disease. He has published more than 180 scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and has lectured all over the world. He leads the Alberta Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium, the Environment research theme in the Canadian Bovine Mastitis and Milk Quality Research Network, the Technical Committee of the Canadian Voluntary Johne’s Disease Program, and the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative.

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