At-Large Director, Region I (U.S., Mexico, Caribbean)
Dr. Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, Ontario, California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a 9 veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He became full Professor in 2002, was Chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences from 2012 to 2018, and named Professor Emeritus in 2018. He is currently Dean of the Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Risco has 90 refereed publications, 32 proceeding articles, 12 book chapters, edited the textbook Dairy Production Medicine (2011) published by Wiley – Blackwell that is available in English and Japanese, and the Herd Health Section for the Large Dairy Herd Management textbook published by the American Dairy Science Association in 2017. According to Research.com 2022, Dr. Risco has a Discipline H-1 Index of 46 with 7.586 citations. Dr. Risco has given more than 100 presentations nationally and internationally. His main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows. In addition, he has published extensively on the toxicological effect of gossypol from feeding cottonseed products to pre-ruminant calves and lactating dairy cows.
Dr. Risco received the Large Animal Clinician of the Year award by the graduating class of 1992 and 1994, and in 1996, he received the Daniels Pharmaceutical Young Clinical Investigator award from the graduate school faculty at the University of Florida. He received a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2004 and in 2005, the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher and Alumni Awards from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Also, in 2005 he received the University of Florida Blue Key Award for distinction in teaching and research. In 2007, he received the teacher of the year in Large Animal Medicine award by the class of 2008.