Scott R.R. Haskell received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree (specializing in food animal medicine and surgery) from the University of California, Davis. He also completed a Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) degree in veterinary epidemiology and a scientific doctorate (PhD) degree in environmental microbiology of food animal systems. Dr. Haskell is currently the Director of Professional Services, Global Sustainable Agriculture Solutions, LLP, in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Haskell was in large animal veterinary practice (primarily food animal) for 19 years prior to entering academia and public service. Additionally, he has numerous scientific publications and is a primary editor to the industry standard textbook Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant.
While in education, Dr. Haskell was formerly the Director and a Professor at the Veterinary Technology Program at Yuba College in California. Prior to this position, Dr. Haskell has taught and done livestock disease research at the University of Minnesota, University of Maine, University of Illinois, and University of California. He has worked extensively with international development projects in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mali, Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Guatemala, Mexico, Guyana, and Haiti.
Dr. Haskell has received several awards in recognition of his service to agriculture and food safety/security, including the: Presidential Volunteer Service Award ‘Feed the Future: working to improve agricultural productivity, promote market development, facilitate trade expansion, and promote equitable rural economic growth’; the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the State of California; and the Food Animal Speaker of the Year Award at the Western Veterinary Conference in the United States.
During his career, Dr. Haskell was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego, with research emphasis in microbial ecology. His professional specializations include global food security, pre- and post-harvest food safety, antibiotic resistance monitoring, animal transboundary biosecurity, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), water quality and reliability issues, environmental aquatic pathogen microbiology, food safety antibiotic residue issues, HACCP and ISO 22000 training, agricultural capacity building, zoonotic disease transmission of E. coli O157:H7 and the environmental effects of manure microbial pathogen loading.
With over three decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Haskell appreciates, and shares the concept, that empowerment in agriculture is a moment-to-moment choice based on experience, marketing, product and education/training. His outreach style is pragmatic, combining a natural empathy and interest in people and global food safety issues with the confidence to challenge general assumptions and behaviors. The need for sustainable animal health underpins all his efforts with credible and robust professional actions. Dr. Haskell is also very involved in organized veterinary medicine and continuing education. He has served on the Animal Agriculture Committee and the Environmental Affairs Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association. During this tenure he was committee Chairperson.
In addition, Dr. Haskell has guest lectured extensively on food safety and antibiotic residue issues at various veterinary schools and colleges in the U.S. and globally, and has spoken at professional, international, and industry forums. Within his career, he tries to foster a culture of scientific inquiry while emphasizing planetary health and sustainable science based agriculture training programs.
Dr. Haskell likes to work with individuals, teams and global agricultural organizations that are in transition. He facilitates individuals to create sustainable personal and professional change through engaging them as active participants covering organizational development, personal engagement, leadership development, management skills, and cooperative development. Dr. Haskell has helped to address veterinary disease challenges through research, education, outreach, and application of disease control at the animal-human interface.