Dr. Michael Overton received his B.S. and D.V.M. from North Carolina State University and practiced veterinary medicine for 8 years. He then completed a Dairy Production Medicine Residency and his Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree at UC Davis where he worked as a Dairy Production Medicine Specialist in Tulare, California. Next, he served as Professor of Dairy Production Medicine and chief of service for the food animal program at the University of Georgia from 2006 to 2012, attaining the rank of full professor in 2011. In May 2012, Dr. Overton joined Elanco Animal Health in a data analytics and consultancy role where his responsibilities included customized farm analytics, economic modeling, global speaking and mentoring, and contribution to the R & D efforts. In March 2020, he joined Zoetis as Global Dairy Platform Lead within the Precision Animal Health unit where his responsibilities focus on the development of a global cloud-based analytics platform for the creation and delivery of data-based solutions and enhanced customer value. He has worked extensively in the areas of reproduction management, transition management, analysis of on-farm records, heifer management and economic decision-making. He and his wife Carol split their time between North Topsail Beach, NC and Blairsville, GA. They have two children and one grandson.