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Department of Animal Sciences


The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production

The Nathan Fechheimer Memorial Lecture Series in Animal Breeding and Production occurs spring semester.  Dr. Fechheimer was a professor in the Department of Dairy Science and very active leader in college and university government. The Fechheimer family established an endowment for this lecture series with the intent to bring in speakers that offer innovative and thought provoking ideas to test traditional scientific interpretations.

The speaker gives lectures on the Columbus and Wooster campuses and interacts with faculty, staff, and students while visiting each campus.

Speaker nominations by faculty, staff, or students are due December 1 to a member of the Fechheimer Colloquium and OARDC Lectureship Committee.

2019 Fechheimer Speaker





Dr. Kelly Swanson

University of Illinois
Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences

Monday, April 15 at 11am

Specialized Diets for Pets: Options & Considerations (Columbus)
11:00am in 212 Animal Science videolinked to 122 Gerlaugh Hall

Tuesday, April 16 at 11am

Dietary Manipulation of the Dog & Cat
Seminar at (Wooster) 11:00am
in 122 Gerlaugh Hall videolinked to
212 Animal Science

Dr. Swanson’s research is contributing to the development of quality foods for companion animals and dietary guidelines to help prevent obesity and other health-related issues in humans. He studies the effects of nutritional intervention on health outcomes, identifying mechanisms by which nutrients impact gene expression and host physiology, with primary emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity.

Contact information: Dr. Ale Relling,, 330-263-3900

Seminars are offered at no cost to attend.