Idaho native, Dr. Darwin R. Yoder graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1975. Prior to attending Colorado State University, Dr Yoder received his Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Masters degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Idaho.
After graduation, Dr. Yoder worked as an associate in a private practice located in Shoshone, ID for one year prior to establishing his own mixed animal private practice in Wendell, ID in 1976. In 1994 Dr. Yoder left private practice to accept a position as a technical services veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health. While at Pfizer, Dr. Yoder supervised numerous field trials during the introduction of several Pfizer Animal Health pharmaceutical and biological products. In addition, Dr. Yoder had the opportunity to author or co-author several peer reviewed and published journal articles addressing the incidence of “Cystercercosis in Feedlot Beef Cattle”. Dr. Yoder was also a member of the group at Pfizer which pioneered the promotion of the preconditioning programs for beef calves prior to weaning. In January 2001, Dr. Yoder accepted a directorship in the Veterinary Technology program at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Dr. Yoder became a full tenured professor and remained in that position until January 2011 when a work related injury forced his retirement. While at Sul Ross, Dr. Yoder participated with the State of Texas in the oral Rabies vaccine campaign to reduce the incidence of rabies in wildlife. Dr Yoder is a strong proponent of utilization of veterinary technicians in both small and large animal practice.
During the summer of 2001, Dr. Yoder was deployed by the USDA as the member of the veterinarian task force to assist in Foot and Mouth Eradication in the United Kingdom, receiving an award for Meritorious Service during that campaign.
Dr. Yoder is a member of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, where he has served in various offices including President in 1991; a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, where he served as director on the Political Action Policy Board from 1991 to 1995; and a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Dr. Yoder has also served on the advisory committee for food animal medicine for Colorado State University, the Sheep Advisory Board at the University of Idaho, and helped develop the Range Sheep Industry Handbook in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Nevada.
Since retirement in 2011, Dr. Yoder continues his activities in Veterinary Medicine as a consultant to the range sheep industry in the Western United States; consultant to the largest Organic Sheep operation in the United States, helping to insure delivery of humanely raised, healthy and wholesome product to the consumer.
Dr. Yoder’s family includes his daughter Danae and her husband Kelly Klimes, two grandsons, Riley and Nolan and his son Will.