The MSU Online Food Safety Program Welcomes Scott Haskell, DVM, PhD as New Director

Esther Haviland
Dr. Scott Haskell



The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Online Food Safety Program is pleased to announce Scott R.R. Haskell, DVM, PhD, has been selected as director of the program starting January 2.

Dr. Haskell received his DVM, MPVM and PhD, all from the University of California, Davis and received a MS degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was in large animal practice for 17 years prior to entering academia. 

He has written numerous scientific publications and was the primary editor to the industry standard first edition textbook Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant. He has received several awards including, the California Veterinary Medical Association Practitioner Fellowship Award in Clinical Pathology in 2010 and in the 2011-2012 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.  

Dr. Haskell has worked with a wide variety of global client engagements, covering organizational development, personal engagement, leadership development, management skills, and cooperative development. His international experience includes working with programs and consultancies in 29 countries spanning over 30 years.

Dr. Haskell has many interests that include global veterinary medicine, development and implementation of distance education programs, food safety and security, global water quality issues, global sustainable agriculture systems development, and pre- and post-harvest food safety.

“Dr. Haskell’s credentials and past experiences make him a great asset to the Online Food Safety program. His proven leadership will help guide the team and continue growing the program,” said Dr. Melinda Wilkins, Large Animal Clinical Sciences Interim Chair for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Michigan State University’s Online Food Safety program educates professionals on how to make global food systems safe and supports individuals as they advance in food safety-related careers. The program consists of an online Master of Science in Food Safety degree, non-credit continuing education courses and an on-campus executive education program.