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Don Topliff Bio
Dr. Don Topliff

Don R. Topliff, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Agriculture, Science, and Engineering

Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 106
Email: dtopliff@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-3570
Home Page: www.wtamu.edu/~dtopliff/

Professional Profile

Dr. Topliff has a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Texas A&M University.  He has served on the National Academy of Sciences on the Committeee for Animal Nutrition and as one of the authors of Nutrient Requirements of Horses, the gold standard in equine nutrition. He is an official judge for the American Quarter Horse Association and has judged horse shows around the world.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Topliff's main teaching responsibility is in the graduate programs of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.  As the architect of the University's only Ph.D. program, he teaches courses in Systems Agriculture and Integrated Animal Management.  He additionally teaches various undergraduate courses including Senior Seminar and Futures and Options.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Topliff has published more than 20 refereed articles and book chapters on equine nutrition.  Most recently, he co-authored an update on the Nutrient Requirements of Horses, a publication of the National Academy of Science.  He is a member and past chair of the American Quarter Horse Association's Research Committee and regularly consults with feed companies on strategies to improve the nutrition of horses.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Topliff likes outdoor activities, particularly golf and fishing. 
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