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OPSU Success Story: Broc Sandelin

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 05/14/2015 Broc Sandelin —Courtesy photoBroc Sandelin —Courtesy photo

Broc Sandelin graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 1999 with an Animal Science degree and is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Animal & Veterinary Science at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, Calif. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly in 2005, was granted early tenure and early promotion to Associate Professor in 2009, promoted to Full Professor in 2013 and has been the Chair since 2010.

Originally from southwest Kansas, Sandelin grew up on a diversified farming operation. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from OPSU, he continued his education at the University of Arkansas for his master’s and doctorate degrees. Research for his master’s degree focused on the estimation of growth curve and rate of maturing in Angus, Brahman, and reciprocal cross cattle grazing either Bermuda grass or Entophyte Infected Tall-Fescue. During his doctorate program, Sandelin examined ways to improve feed efficiency in cattle using Mitochondria as a potential biological marker for selection.

Dr. Sandelin has authored/co-authored 20 peer reviewed publications, 16 non-peer reviewed publications, and has presented his research at various meetings throughout his career. His current research interests are novel methods for fly control in cattle and whole food nutrition in dogs. He is actively involved in the day-to-day management of the Cal Poly Pomona farming operations consisting of over 2,000 acres of farm and range land in Southern California.

He spoke of his time at OPSU saying, “I would not be where I am today if not for the guidance and support of Dr. Peter Camfield. I remember talking to Dr. Camfield my senior year and not really knowing what I wanted to do once I graduated. I had never really thought much about graduate school, but once he explained to me how great it was, I became very interested. He set up an interview with his alma mater in Arkansas and the rest is history. My time at OPSU set the foundation for my career in Academia, from my time working in the Firestone Meat Lab, my undergrad research project and all my wonderful animal science classes and labs. The faculty and staff at OPSU were instrumental in taking a young man not knowing where or what he wanted to do with his life and starting the process of molding him into a successful leader in Academia.”