Jayant Lohakare has been appointed associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture.

He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on subjects including animal science, poultry science, livestock production, animal nutrition, animal health issues and epidemiology.

Lohakare will also be responsible for developing a research program focusing on the health and production efficiency of livestock applicable to small and mid-size farms. Other duties will include serving on committees for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences and university.

“Faculty, staff and students are delighted to welcome Dr. Lohakare to the Department of Agriculture,” department Chairman Obadiah Njue said in a news release. “His training and experience will add to the depth and diversity of service through teaching, research and Extension that the department provides to its clientele.”

Lohakare has a doctorate degree in animal nutrition from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Izatnagar, India and a master’s degree in animal nutrition from the National Dairy Research Institute in Karnal, India. He earned a bachelor’s degree in veterinary science and animal husbandry from Nagpur Veterinary College in Nagpur, India.

Lohakare previously worked as an instructor of animal foods technology for the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. From 2009 to 2014, he was an assistant professor at the College of Animal Life Science at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon, South Korea. From 2008 to 2009, he was a researcher at the Animal Nutrition Group at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany.

He has authored and co-authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on subjects including biotechnology, animal nutrition and animal health. He serves on the editorial boards on the Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology Journal and the International Journal of Veterinary Health Science and Research and is an editorial member of the Journal of Experimental and Applied Animal Sciences and Annals of Animal Resource Sciences.

— Will Hehemann is a writer/editor at the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.