Gerard Cramer, DVM, DVSc

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Gerard Cramer


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225 VetMedCtr , MN
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

DVSc, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

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Dr. Gerard Cramer has spent his whole life finding ways to work with dairy cows. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Gerard spent time running a dairy farm, owning a foot health specific veterinary practice and getting both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Guelph. Joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2013, Gerard splits his time between educating veterinary and graduate students and doing foot health related research. Current research projects include evaluating hoof trimming methods, the relationship between ketosis and antimicrobial resistance in hoof trimmers.


Research summary/interests

Current research interest include:

  • Evaluate and develop safe and effective prevention and intervention strategies for common foot diseases.
    • Appropriate hoof trimming techniques and frequency
    • Effect of the application of hoof blocks on dairy cow productivity and welfare.
    • Evaluate the human health risk for the antimicrobials used in treatments for foot diseases.
    • Effect of transition cow health and metabolic status on foot health.
  • Investigate the herd level factors that influence lameness incidence.
  • Develop effective industry level programs that facilitate changes at the herd level to reduce lameness incidence.

Research funding grants

  • 2015-2016 HTA-AABP, Evaluating the effect of 2 different hoof trimming techniques on dairy cow well-being and performance.
  • 2015-2016 Population Systems Signature Program, Evaluating the effect of 2 different hoof trimming techniques on dairy cow well-being and performance.
  • 2016-2017 UMASH, Describing the impact of daily exposure to tetracycline by dairy cattle hoof trimmers of the Upper Midwest on the prevalence of multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  • 2016-2018 USDA NIFA Veterinary Services Grant, Support for further development and implementation of web-based educational materials in dairy production medicine and food safety
  • 2015-2018 CERES Trust, Tackling lameness on organic dairy farms


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine, and to Google Scholar.