Dr. Chester L. Rawson is a 1968 graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and became a diplomat for the American College of Theriogenologists in 1980. Following graduation he worked as a general practitioner serving northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin for over 30 years. In 2002, he took a position with Alta Genetics in technical services and training as a field fertility specialist.
Dr. Rawson has been active in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since graduation from veterinary school. He served on the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC) from 1996 to 2011 and in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) from 2003 to 2011 as the alternative delegate representing the Society for Theriogenology.
He has also been an active member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) since 1972, serving as the WVMA president in 1999. In the Society for Theriogenology, he has serve as director from 1985 to 1988 and as the society president in 1990. In the American College of Theriogenolgists (ACT), Dr. Rawson served on the executive board from 1985 to 1988 and as the ACT president in 1995.
Dr. Rawson lives in Markesan, Wis. with his wife Janet M. Specht. His daughter, Michelle Drake, is married to Kelley Drake, and they have three sons—Brody, Bennett and Nathan. Dr. Rawson's son, Max Rawson, is married to Kelly Rawson, and they have a daughter, Olivia.