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Derek Foster, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Derek Foster









Assistant Professor
Ruminant Health and Production Medicine

Office: Main Building, D-252
Phone: 919.513.6128
Fax: 919.513.6464


Education and Training

  • BS in Animal Science: NC State, 1999
  • DVM: NC State, 2004
  • MSpVM: NC State, 2007
  • PhD: NC State, 2012
  • Board Certification: Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Large Animal


VMP 962—Ruminant Medicine and Surgery
VMB 923—Physiology II
VMP 970—Bovine Health Management:
VMP 987—Ruminant Special Topics
VMP 956 - Health Maintenance and Animal Production III
VMC 933—Theriogenology
Self Paced -- Brown Swiss #3048

Teaching Innovations

"An Animated Model of Rumen Motility."

Clinical and Teaching Interests

  • Ruminant and camelid medicine and surgery
  • Ruminant GI physiology

Research Interests

  • Gastrointestinal physiology
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Ruminant Internal Medicine
  • Colostrum management in calves

Awards and Honors


  • AVMA/AVMF Young Investigator Award- 2011
  •  Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award- 2012
  •  Faculty of the Year, NC State Student Chapter of AABP-  2010 & 2012
  • Large Animal Clinician of the Year, Class of 2012 

Selected Publications

  • Jacob ME, Foster DM, Rogers AT, et al. Evidence of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in the feces of meat goats at a U. S. slaughter plant. J Food Protect. Accepted for publication.
  • Jacob ME, Foster DM, Rogers AT, et al. Prevalence and relatedness of E. coli O157:H7 in the feces and on the hides and carcasses of U. S. meat goats at slaughter. Applied and Environ Microbio. Accepted for publication.
  • Foster DM, Stauffer SH, Stone MR, Gookin JL. Proteasome inhibition of pathologic shedding of enterocytes to defend barrier function requires X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein and nuclear factor-κB. Gastroenterology. 2012; 143:133-44. A figure from this manuscript was chosen for the cover.
  • Azcarate-Peril MA, Foster DM, Cadenas MA, Stone MR, Jacobi SK, Stauffer SH, Pease A, Gookin JL.  Acute necrotizing enterocolitis of preterm piglets is characterized by a unique consortium of ileum-associated bacteria.  Gut Microbes. 2011; 2(4):234-43. A figure from this manuscript was chosen for the cover.
  • Young G, Smith GW, Alley ML, Foster DM.  Efficacy of amprolium for the treatment of pathogenic Eimeria species in Boer goat kids.  Vet Parasit. 2011; 178(3-4):346-9.
  • Foster DM, Chinnadauri S, Nutt J, Pandiri A, Linder K, Alley M, Smith GW.  Congenital pericardeoperitoneal diaphragmatic hernia in an alpaca.  Aust Vet J. 2011; 89(1-2):51-4.
  • Smith GW, Davis JL, Smith SM, Gerard MP, Campbell NB, Foster DM.  Efficacy and pharmacokinetics of pantoprazole in alpacas.  J Vet Intern Med.  2010; 24(3):949-55.
  • Gookin JL, Foster DM, Harvey AM, McWhorter D.  An animated model of reticulorumen motility.  J Vet Med Educ.  2009; 36(4):444-50.
  • GW Smith, MP Gerard, NB Campbell, DM Foster, SM Smith and JL Davis (2009) Third-compartment cannulation in alpacas using a polyurethane gastrostomy tube. Aust Vet J 510:487-491
  • Smith, GW, and Foster, DM. (2007). Absorption of protein and immunoglobulin G in calves fed a colostrum replacer. J Dairy Sci 90:2905-2908.
  • Foster, DM, Smith, G, Sanner, TR, and Busso, GV. (2006). Serum IgG and total protein concentrations in dairy calves fed two colostrum replacement products. J Am Vet Med Assoc 229:1282-1285.
  • Foster DM, Smith GW, Pandiri A, Blond L. Posterior paresis resulting from a vertebral body fracture in a bull.Bov Pract. 2008; 42(1):41-4.
  • Foster DM and Smith GW. Pathophysiology of Diarrhea in Calves, Veterinary Clinics of North America—Food Animal Practice. 2009; 25(1):13-36.