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Larry Fox

Larry Fox

Larry Fox

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Lawrence (Larry) Fox originally hails from New York state where he was a dairy herdsmanager following his graduation from Cornell University.  His career in Dairy Science continued at Virginia Tech, (MS) and University of Wisconsin (PhD).  His first faculty position was at the University of Hawaii, where his duties were Dairy Extension, research and teaching.  Larry was faculty member at Washington State University for 34 years and is currently Professor Emeritusin the Departments of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and Animal Sciences.  He was very active in teaching dairy production, advising the Dairy Club, co-coaching the Dairy Challenge team, and researching mastitis abatement strategies. For many years Larry has worked with students and youth in various educational projects at Hawaii, WSU and at Clovis, New Mexico.

His research program was designed to examine new methods of control of contagious and opportunistic mastitis pathogens.  These efforts were principally directed at control of Staphylococcus sp. and Mycoplasma sp. mastitis.  The focus was directed at the development and validation of strategies to control this disease through applied and basic research. Most recently the program is utilized biotechnologies to “Fingerprint” and speciate Staphylococcus sp. and Mycoplasma sp, to trace the pathogen from its reservoir to fomite to the host, the cow. The goal was to translate the improved understanding of the epidemiology of the diseases to improved strategies of control.  Lastly, Dr. Fox has directed studies to examine the role of the immune system in mycoplasma bovine associated diseases.  Such efforts lead to management strategies to improve immune competence to combat this disease complex.


Specific Research Areas

  • Control of staphylococcal and mycoplasma mastitis in cows through standard contagious mastitis prevention strategies.
  • Staphylococcal exotoxins in milk: affects on milk quality and mammary immunity.
  • Determination of reservoirs and means of transmission of Mycoplasma sp. that cause mastitis.
  • Determination of the immune respone to mycoplasma colonization and factors associated with the development of the Mycoplasma Associated Bovine Disease complex


Honors and Awards

  • ADSA= American Dairy Science Association, NMC= National Mastitis Council
  • 1991 ADSA West Agro Inc. Mastitis
  • 2003 ADSA Merial Dairy Management
  • 2005 College of Veterinary Medicine Pfizer: Research Excellence, WSU
  • 2008 NMC President
  • 2009 Award for Excellence in Multistate Research
  • 2012 ADSA-SAD Advisor of the Year
  • 2013 Award for Excellence in Multistate Research
  • 2015 NMC Award of Excellence
  • 2017 ADSA Purina Teaching Award



1983-1985       Extension Dairy Specialist     Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu

1985-1991       Asst. Professor and Asst.        Washington State University

Veterinarian, Dept. of Animal
Sciences and Dept. of Veterinary
Clinical Medicine and Surgery


1991-present   Assoc. Professor and Assoc.   Washington State University

Veterinarian, Dept. of Animal
Sciences and Dept. of Veterinary
Clinical Medicine and Surgery


1997-present   Professor and Veterinarian     Washington State University

Dept. of Animal Sciences and
Dept. of Veterinary Clinical
Medicine and Surgery


Consortium Instruction

The focus of the Mammary Gland Health and Milking Management week at the Consortium will be how to maintain quality and quantity of the milk crop that exits the gland.  Students will receive instruction in mammary gland anatomy, mammary gland physiology, mammary immunity, mastitis pathogens, milk quality measures, and milking system analysis.  The thrust of didactic instruction will be to tie the basic with the applied such that the student will be able to answer the “why” it terms of how things work and the “how’ in terms of their application.  In continuation, the experiential learning component will be geared to providing the student with a context as to how the basic information can be applied on the farm.