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Dr. Mercedes Vázquez-Añón
the Senior Director of Animal Nutrition Research and Facilities for Novus International, Inc.
Title: Nutritional Strategies to Optimize Enteric Health



Dr. Mercedes Vázquez-Añón is the Senior Director of Animal Nutrition Research and Facilities for Novus International, Inc. In this role, she directs monogastric and ruminant nutrition and physiology research activities and facilities, which are geared to provide globally recognized research with differentiated solutions that support current products and the development of new products. In addition, she is responsible for nutrition research teams across production species internationally.

Mercedes joined the Novus International team in 1996 as a Research Manager, where she developed applications of sulfur amino acids for dairy and beef, and extended the application into companion animals and aquaculture species. Due to her contributions to science in amino acids, trace minerals and antioxidants in ruminants and non-ruminant species, Mercedes was promoted to Fellow Scientist in 2006. From there she became Director of Animal Nutrition research in 2007, where she assumed responsibilities for the nutrition research team across production species. As part of this role, she set up research programs in the areas of nutrition and health by building strategic collaborations and internal research capabilities. She was promoted to Senior Director in 2009, expanding her responsibilities internationally, and in 2012 she also became responsible for Global Animal Research and Facilities.

Mercedes is a native of Spain, where she grew up in a dairy farm in Galicia, the dairy region of Spain. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1989 in Zoo-technical Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, Spain. She received her Master’s in Science degree in 1992 from Penn State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Dairy and Nutritional Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. 

She has been an active member of America Dairy Science, American Society of Animal Science and Poultry Science Associations for more than 20 years, where she has served as reviewer. She served for six years as a board member at the National Academy of Science, and is currently serving as board member in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois and at the Conservation Council for Wild Care in St Louis Zoo. 

Her research expertise encompasses the disciplines of nutrition, physiology and metabolism of sulfur amino acids, trace minerals, antioxidants and dietary enzymes. She holds 9 patents of different technologies. She travels extensively to give presentations at nutritional conferences, scientific forums and customer events in Latin America, Europe, Asia and North America.  She has published more than 30 refereed scientific articles and more than 100 abstracts, technical reports, articles in conferences proceedings and popular press articles.

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