Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences


Michael Zurakowski

Senior Extension Veterinarian
Quality Milk Production Services
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University
Eastern Laboratory - Cobleskill
Cobleskill, New York 12043
Phone: 518-255-5681
e-mail: mjz6@cornell.edu

 

 

Research Interests

Veterinary Diagnostics, Foreign Animal Diseases, Emergency Response, Secure Food Supply, Food Safety and Foodborne Pathogens, Farm Biosecurity, Microbiology.

Education

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine August 2004
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies
    Clinical Training: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Mixed Track
  • Bachelor of Science June 1993
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland, Biological Sciences


Professional Societies

  • 2013  Society for Quality Assurance
  • 2013  Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter SQA
  • 2008-present  Northeast US Animal Health Association
  • 2008-present  American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • 2006-present  American Veterinary Medical Association
  • 2005-Present  National Mastitis Council
  • 1995-1998  American Fisheries Society

Professional Experience

  • 2005-present  Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cobleskill, NY
    Senior Extension Associate Veterinarian
  • 2005-present  Banfield Pet Hospital, Niskayuna, NY, Relief Veterinarian, small animal practice
  • 2004-2005  Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL) Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri-Columbia, MI
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • 1998-2001  Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Quality Milk Production Services, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
    Microbiologist/Laboratory Supervisor
  • 1994-1998 Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, Brunswick Georgia Fisheries Biologist I
  • 1991-1994 United States Department of Agriculture, Milk Secretion and Mastitis Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD Technical Assistant


Selected Publications

  1. Zurakowski MJ, Cudoc G, 400K Beat It! Prevent New Infections Before They Become a Problem, Eastern
    Dairy Business July 2011.
  2. Schukken YH, Bennett GJ, Zurakowski MJ, Sharkey HL, Rauch BJ, Thomas MJ, Ceglowski B, Saltman RL,
    Belomestnykh N, Zadoks RN. Randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a 5-day ceftiofur
    hydrochloride intramammary treatment on non-severe Gram-negative clinical mastitis. J Dairy Sci. 2011 Dec;
    94(12):6203-15.
  3. Latorre AA, Van Kessel JA, Karns JS, Zurakowski MJ, Pradhan AK, Boor KJ, Adolph E,
    Sukhnanand S, Schukken YH. Increased in vitro adherence and on-farm persistence of predominant and
    persistent Listeria monocytogenes strains in the milking system.
    Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Jun; 77(11):3676-84.
  4. Pradhan AK, Mitchell RM, Kramer AJ, Zurakowski MJ, Fyock TL, Whitlock RH, SmithJM, Hovingh E, Van
    Kessel JS, Karns JS, Schukken YH. Molecular Epidemiology of Mycobacterium avium subsp.
    paratuberculosis in a Longitudinal Study of Three Dairy Herds. J Clinical Microbiol 2011 Mar p. 893-901.
  5. Latorre AA, Van Kessel JS, Karns JS, Zurakowski MJ, Pradhan AK, Boor KJ, Jayarao BM, Houser BA,
    Daugherty CS, Schukken YH. Biofilm in milking equipment on a dairy farm as a potential source of bulk tank
    milk contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. J Dairy Sci. 2010 Jun; 93(6):2792-802.
  6. Latorre AA, Van Kessel JA, Karns JS, Zurakowski MJ, Pradhan AK, Zadoks RN, Boor KJ, Schukken YH.
    Molecular ecology of Listeria monocytogenes: evidence for a reservoir in milking equipment on a dairy farm.
    Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Mar;75(5):1315-23.
  7. Schukken YH, González RN, Tikofsky LL, Schulte HF, Santisteban CG, Welcome FL, Bennett GJ, Zurakowski
    MJ, Zadoks RN. CNS mastitis: nothing to worry about? Vet Microbiol. 2009 Feb 16;134(1-2):9-14.
  8. Zurakowski, MJ. Are You Adding Fuel to Your Mastitis Fire, Northeastern Dairy Business Jan 2009.
  9. Schukken YH, González RN, Tikofsky LL, Schulte HF, Santisteban CG, Welcome FL,
    Bennett GJ, Zurakowski MJ, Zadoks RN. CNS Mastitis: Nothing to Worry About? Vet Microbiol. 2009 Feb
    16;134(1-2):9-14
  10. Zurakowski, MJ. Who’s That Sleeping in My Bed, Northeast Dairy Business Sept 2007.
  11. Zurakowski, MJ. The Pervasive Prototheca and It’s Impact, Northeastern Dairy Business Oct 2005.
  12. Zurakowski, MJ. Prototheca Mastitis in a New York State Dairy, Cornell University Senior Seminar 2004.
  13. González RN, Wilson DJ, Sickles SA, Zurakowski MJ, Weybrecht PM, Walsh AK. Outbreaks of clinical
    mastitis caused by Trichosporon beigelii in dairy herds. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001 Jan 15; 218(2):238-42.
  14. Zurakowski, MJ. Recurrent Bovine Mastitis due to Escherichia coli, QMPS Survey Results. Workshop,
    Cornell University, 1999.
  15. Gonzalez, RN, GJ Bennett, SA Sickles, MJ Zurakowski, D.St. Hilaire, DV Nydam, The Impact of Prototheca
    Mastitis on Milk Quality and Herd Management. 1999, Proceedings 91st Annual Conference for
    Veterinarians, Cornell University, p. 151-154.
  16. Lahti, PM, EMLilius, MJ Paape, CE Malstrom, MJ Zurakowski, Tumor Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α) response in
    Bovine Mammary Secretions and Blood After Intra-mammary Injection of Endotoxin. Abstract, Department
    of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Finland and Milk Secretion and Mastitis Laboratory, USDA-ARS,
    ADSA/ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, 1994.