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Tarpoff joins Animal Science & Industry faculty as extension beef veterinarian

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff has joined the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry department as assistant professor and extension beef veterinarian specialist.

Tarpoff was born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. His family owned and operated a beef processing plant and a steakhouse. He received his bachelor’s in animal science at K-State in 2010. In 2012, he received his DVM and Master’s in biomedical science at K-State.

After earning his DVM, he accepted an associate feedlot veterinarian position at Alberta Beef Health Solutions in Southern Alberta, Canada. His focus in practice was herd based cattle production medicine, research field trials, hands on feedlot employee training, disease surveillance and mitigation and federal import/export duties.

At K-State, Tarpoff’s appointment is 70% extension, 20% research and 10% teaching. He will work closely with the state’s extension team to develop an extension program to help improve the health of cow-calf, stocker and feedlot cattle for beef producers throughout the state.

Tarpoff can be reached at KSU Department of Animal Science and Industry, 228 Weber Hall in Manhattan, by phone at 785-532-1255 or email

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