Merck Animal Health
Dr. Bilby grew up on a small farm in Northwest MO. In 1999, he received his B.S. from Oklahoma State University where he majored in Animal Science with a focus on business and minor in Ag economics, and went on to work with Dr. Rick Rorie to receive his M.S. in reproductive physiology in the department of Animal Science from the University of Arkansas. In 2005, Dr. Bilby received his PhD from the University of Florida under the direction of Dr. Bill Thatcher focusing on nutraceutical and pharmaceutical approaches to improve fertility by reducing embryo loss.
After graduation, Dr. Bilby worked for Monsanto Dairy Business in the central valley of California serving as an Area Market Manager, managing a dairy sales territory and providing technical expertise. In 2007, he joined the faculty at The University of Arizona as an Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist. He worked in both extension and research. His research program focused on improving fertility during summer heat stress in the lactating dairy cow. Most recently, Dr. Bilby was on faculty with Texas A&M AgriLIFE Research and Extension as an Associate Professor and Dairy Extension Specialist where his research program focused on economically viable strategies to improve fertility in dairy cattle.
Dr. Bilby joined Merck Animal Health in February of 2013 and is the Associate Director of Ruminant Technical Services providing reproduction expertise for both dairy and beef cattle across the US. Dr. Bilby was recognized most recently as the recipient of the Top 40 under 40 in Agriculture award by Vance publishing and American Dairy Science Foundation Scholar award in Dairy Production.