Department of Population Health, Food Animal Health and Management, Production Medicine Service, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor

Ambulatory Service | Beef and Swine Production Medicine | Farm Practice


Dr. Heins has lived in various regions of the United States and has a diverse background as a veterinary for beef, swine, and dairy operations as well as prior experience working in small animal medicine.  Having grown up in rural Georgia, Dr. Heins sees the importance of mentoring students to be prepared for entering rural practice including having discussions on case management, business practices, and work-life balance. He also enjoys working with youth to increase interest and visibility of food animal practice as a career choice. His primary practice goal is helping producers plan for the success and future growth of their enterprises.

Research Interests

  • Beef and Dairy Youngstock Management
  • Crossbreeding of Dairy Animals to Improve Beef Production
  • Respiratory Diseases of Cattle
  • Impact of Horn Fly Predation on Beef Cattle Performance

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia
  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
  • Master of Food Animal Medicine, University of Georgia

Board Certification

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Teaching Experience

  • LAMS 5160 – Large Animal Infectious Diseases
  • PATH 4100 – Common Diseases of Production Animals
  • POPH 5200 – Management for Food Animal Health and Production
  • POPH 5390 – Diseases of Swine
  • POPH 5445 – Food Animal Practice
  • POPH 5446 – Beef Cattle Practice
  • POPH 5447 – Dairy Production Medicine
  • POPH 5448 – Food Animal Practice – Swine
  • POPH 5450 – Advanced Dairy Production Medicine
  • POPH 5900 – Studies in Population Health
  • POPH 6110 – Problems in Food Animal Infectious Disease
  • POPH 6140 – Applied Veterinary Economics
  • POPH 6230 – Problems in Epidemiology and Statistics
  • POPH 6700 – Clinical Food Animal Medicine


Selected Publications

Publications by Dr. Heins are found on PubMed.

  • Birdwhistell KE, Hurley DJ, Heins B, Peroni JF. Evaluation of equine xenogeneic mixed lymphocyte reactions using 5-ethynyl-2’-deoxyuridine (EdU). Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 2022 Jul 1;249:110430.
  • Ling AS, Krause T, Warner A, Duggin J, Heins B, Hinkle N, Aggrey SE, Pringle D, Rekaya R. PSVIII-5 Genetic parameters of thrombin as a proxy for horn fly abundance in beef cattle. Journal of Animal Science. 2021 Nov;99(Suppl 3):239.
  • Krause T, Ling AS, Warner A, Duggin J, Heins B, Hinkle N, Aggrey SE, Pringle D, Rekaya R. PSIX-16 Association between Thrombin and horn fly abundance in beef cattle. Journal of Animal Science. 2021 Nov;99(Supplement_3):267-8.
  • Ling A, Krause T, Heins B, Hinkle N, Pringle D, Aggrey SE, Rekaya R. 48 Genetic study of horn fly abundance in beef cattle. Journal of Animal Science. 2020 Nov;98(Supplement_4):16-7.
  • Snyder, E. R., Credille, B. C., & Heins, B. D. (2019). Systematic review and meta-analysis comparing arrival versus delayed vaccination of high-risk beef cattle with 5-way modified-live viral vaccines against BHV-1, BRSV, PI3, and BVD types 1 and 2. The Bovine Practitioner53(1), 1–7.
  • Adkins ML, Rollin E, Heins BD, Berghaus RD, Credille BC. Evaluation of serum metabolic parameters as predictors of bovine respiratory disease events in high-risk beef stocker calves. The Bovine Practitioner. 2020 Feb 1:9-16.
  • Heins BD, Nydam DV, Woolums AR, Berghaus RD, Overton MW. Comparative efficacy of enrofloxacin and tulathromycin for treatment of preweaning respiratory disease in dairy heifers. J Dairy Sci. 2014;97(1):372-82. doi: 10.3168/jds.2013-6696. Epub 2013 Nov 1. PMID: 24183689.
  • De Cesaro MP, Pierezan F, Heins BD, Brown CC. Pathology in practice. Bovine cryptosporidiosis. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014 Jan 1;244(1):53-5. doi: 10.2460/javma.244.1.53. PMID: 24344852.
  • Krunkosky TM, Heins B, Kyser J, Berghaus L, Galland K, Jarrett C, Woolums A. The Role Of Primary Bovine Bronchial Epithelial Cells (BBEC) In Immune Regulation Regarding Response To Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) Infection. InA65. MECHANISMS OF AIRWAY RESPONSE TO INJURY (RESPIRATORY VIRUSES, CIGARETTE SMOKE, AND ASTHMA) 2011 May (pp. A2096-A2096). American Thoracic Society.
  • Krunkosky TM, Heins B, Bergaus L, Jarrett C, Woolums A. Morphology Of Primary Bovine Bronchial Cultures From Live Calves And Cellular Responses To Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus. InD66. AIRWAY EPITHELIUM: INJURY, INFECTION AND REPAIR 2010 May (pp. A6420-A6420). American Thoracic Society.

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