Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology Faculty

M. Daniel Givens, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACT, ACVM (Virology)

M. Daniel Givens
Dean
Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology

Education

  • 2000
    PhD, summa cum laude
    Auburn University
  • 1994
    DVM, summa cum laude
    Auburn University

Board Certification

  • 2001
    Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Virology)
  • 1998
    Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists

Certificate Programs

  • 2015 – 2016
    Academic Leadership Development Program
    Southeastern Conference
  • 2013 – 2014
    AAVMC Leadership Academy
    Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • 2009
    Management Development Program
    Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – 2020
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2012 – 2013
    Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2011 – 2012
    Acting Department Head
    Department of Pathobiology
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2009 – 2020
    Professor
    Department of Pathobiology
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2008 – 2012
    Coordinator
    Animal Health Research Unit
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2005 – 2009
    Associate Professor
    Departments of Pathobiology & Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2003 – 2005
    Assistant Professor
    Departments of Pathobiology & Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 2000 – 2003
    Research Assistant Professor
    Departments of Pathobiology & Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 1996 – 2000
    Resident
    Departments of Pathobiology & Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
  • 1994 – 1996
    General Practitioner
    Cox Animal Clinic

Research Interests

  • Bovine reproduction and pathogens of ruminants: Discern the potential for transmission of viruses by natural and assisted reproduction and develop and validate control strategies of minimal constraint that would prevent transmission of pathogens.
  • Pathogens affecting bovine reproduction: Developing and validating new diagnostic tests to detect virus associated with semen and embryos; assessing the epidemiologic risk of disease transmission associated with common techniques to assist reproduction; discovering and evaluating the in vitro efficacy and safety of novel antiviral agents; describing characteristics of a unique method of viral persistence within breeding bulls; and evaluating the potential of commercially available vaccines to cause or prevent prolonged infections and disease.

Selected Publications

  1. Stringfellow DA and Givens MD (co-editors). Manual of the International Embryo Transfer Society (4th edition), 2010; 147 pages.
  2. Newcomer BW and Givens MD. Diagnosis and control of viral diseases of reproductive importance: Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and bovine viral diarrhea. In Larson RL (ed), The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice—Bovine Theriogenology, 2016; 425- 41.
  3. Givens MD. Use of antimicrobial substances in embryo production. In Stringfellow DA and Givens MD (eds), Manual of the International Embryo Transfer Society (4th edition), 2009; 69- 72.
  4. Brock KV, Grooms DL and Givens MD. Reproductive disease and persistent infections. In Goyal SM and Ridpath JF (eds), Bovine viral diarrhea virus: diagnosis, management and control, 2005; 145-156.
  5. Givens MD and Waldrop JG. Bovine viral diarrhea virus in embryo and semen production systems. In Brock KV (ed), The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice— Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus, 2004; 20(1):21-38.
  6. Givens MD and Stringfellow DA. Potential of embryo transfer for infectious disease control. In, Howard JL, Smith R (eds), Current Veterinary Therapy, Food Animal Practice IV. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1999; 592-595.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2013 — Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Teacher of the Year: For an outstanding teacher as selected by the professional students at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2011 and 2010 — Recognition of Outstanding Contribution: For recognition by the journal Theriogenology for the second most downloaded article in 2009 with 1,733 requests and ninth most downloaded article in 2010 with 955 requests for full text access to Givens MD, Marley MS. Infectious causes of embryonic and fetal mortality. Theriogenology, 2008; 70:270- 285.
  • 2010 and 2004 — Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award: For an outstanding teacher in recognition of ability, dedication, character, and leadership that has advanced the veterinary medical profession, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009 and 2001 — Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching: For an instructor in the veterinary medical curriculum based on nomination from the student body, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2008 – 2012 — Alumni Professorship: For recognition by peers and colleagues as making outstanding and exceptional contributions to the university’s academic programs, Auburn University