Dr. Shearer is currently Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received his BS degree from Ashland University in 1971 and his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1975. Upon graduation he joined the Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc. in northeast Ohio where he served as an Associate Veterinarian for 4 ½ years before returning to The Ohio State University to pursue graduate studies in nutrition. He completed his Master's Degree in 1981 and was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1981.
In 1982 he relocated to the University of Florida where he became Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shearer served the University of Florida for 27 years before accepting his current position as Professor and Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University. His primary research and extension interests are lameness and welfare issues of cattle. He is a former past Chair of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), and is presently serving as Chair of the Food Animal Working Group of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Panel on Euthanasia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and on the Organizing Committee of the American College of Animal Welfare, a proposed Specialty Board in AVMA on animal welfare.
Dr. Shearer is a past recipient of the Florida Distinguished Extension Service Award, the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Superior Accomplishment Award, and the 2003 USDA Secretary of Agriculture's Honor Award for outstanding innovation in animal health. He has also been honored by The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners with the Alpharma Award of Excellence.