Dr. Dave Nichols

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Dr. Dave Nichols was born in 1955, and raised on a commercial beef, cattle, swine, and crops farm near Brookston, Indiana. He entered Purdue University in the fall of 1973, majoring in Animal Science. Upon completion of his B.S. degree in December of 1976, he entered graduate school at Kansas State University, where he completed his M.S. in 1979, and his Ph.D. in 1981.

In October of 1981 Dave joined the KSU faculty as an extension livestock specialist. In 1983 he accepted a 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. In 1999, he became coordinator of teaching for the Department of Animal Science and Industry and currently holds that position with 100% teaching appointment. In addition to being Teaching Coordinator he also serves as a Faculty Senator.

Dr. Nichols advises approximately 80 students. He teaches courses in advanced beef science, introductory animal science and livestock sales management. In addition, he is a guest lecturer at the K-State Veterinary School and leads the Animal Sciences department sessions for freshmen and transfer student orientations. He also serves as advisor for the Little American Royal Showmanship Contest, and has previously been advisor for the KSU Block and Bridle Club. He also has been highly involved in 4-H and youth activities. Dr. Nichols coached the KSU Livestock Judging Team from 1986-1988.

Dr. nichols has led two undergraduate agricultural study tours to Costa Rica and, in May 2009, led a Canadian Beef Industry Tour. In addition, in 2005, he was part of a group tour to the United Arab Emirates to establish a Veterinary College in Dubai. In 2004 he was an invited speaker at the 33rd World Charolais Congress in Porto Allegre, Brazil and judged tbe 2009 25th Canchim National Championship. He is a strong promoter of international travel for both students and faculty.

In addition to his university responsibilities, Dr. Nichols has judged cattle at Houston, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Louisville, the American Royal, and numerous state fairs. He also owns and operates A and D Ranch near Manhattan, Kansas. He and his wife have two children, Drew and Amy.


B.S. - Purdue University
M.S. - Kansas State University
Ph.D. - Kansas State University

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