email: jcoetzee@vet.k-state.edu

phone: 785-532-4513


Department Head and University Distinguished Professor, Department of Anatomy & Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University


227 Coles Hall Manhattan, KS 66506-5802



BVSc., Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1996
PhD, Veterinary Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2005

Research interest: Dr. Hans Coetzee is a Professor and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University. He was awarded his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996. After graduation he worked for four years in mixed animal practice in Northern Ireland, followed by two years in pharmaceutical research and development at Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. He earned a Specialist Certificate in Cattle Health and Production from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London) in 2000 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Microbiology from Iowa State University in 2005. He holds dual board certification in the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and American College of Animal Welfare and is a European Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. His professional interests include the development of pain assessment techniques and practical analgesic drug regimens for use in food animals. He has received more $21 million in research funding and in 2022 became one of the youngest Kansas State University faculty members ever to achieve the title of University Distinguished Professor. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters.