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Ellen Lowery

Ellen LoweryEllen Lowery, D.V.M., Ph.D., MBA, is a professor of practice in animal health. Her role is divided by teaching and administrative responsibilities. 

As an instructor, Lowery teaches several graduate-level classes in the veterinary biomedical science program. She also helps design new academic courses tailored to Greater Kansas City's growing animal health industry and support the region's workforce needs.

In addition to working with graduate students, Lowery provides support for industry-focused special courses, workshops and professional development programs on animal health. These courses and programs are offered to working professionals at animal health companies as a means of elevating workforce development.

Lowery also helps recruit students to the veterinary biomedical science program at K-State Olathe and serves as major professor to graduate students and as a committee member on graduate student supervisory committees.

She joined K-State Olathe in January 2018.

Industry Experience

Lowery has more than 20 years of industry experience. 

Before joining K-State Olathe, she was director of the U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs department at Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. There, she led the development and execution of programs to support and strengthen Hill's engagement with the profession.  

She joined Hill's in 1994 as a research scientist, where she led a companion animal oral care research program with teams at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Kansas Animal Care Unit and Hill's Pet Nutrition Center. 

She progressed through several roles in the commercial organization, including technical and marketing communications manager; veterinary consultation services manager; senior manager in veterinary customer development; and associate director U.S. professional and veterinary affairs. 

An advocate for personal leadership and professional development, Lowery was a member of the Hill's Veterinary Leadership Task Force, co-led the establishment of the Hill's Women Empowered Network and served as a facilitator for the Fundamentals of Colgate Leadership Course. 

Professional Organizations

Lowery is the president of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians and on the board of directors for the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association.

She has served as president of the American Veterinary Dental Society and has served on numerous boards, including the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the Partners of Healthy Pets, the Pet Nutrition Alliance, the Veterinary Innovation Council and the Mark Morris Institute. 


Lowery has published more than 62 scientific articles in professional animal health journals.

She also was a reviewer for the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and served as CE editor for the Journal of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians. 


• MBA, leadership/marketing, University of Kansas
• Ph.D., comparative pathology, Kansas State University
• D.V.M., veterinary medicine, Kansas State University
• B.S., animal sciences, Kansas State University



Ellen Lowery