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Animal Sciences and Industry

Lattimer, James

Assistant Professorlattimer
132 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7059 fax

Area of Specialization
Equine Nutrition

B.S., Kansas State University, 2002
M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2004
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2012

Bio Brief

Dr. James Lattimer is a native of Newton, KS. He graduated with his B.S. in Animal Science from Kansas State University in 2002. He began his graduate career in equine nutrition at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2002. While at OSU, he was the assistant horse judging team coach and directly involved in the undergraduate teaching program. After completing his M.S. in the summer of 2004, he moved to Ocala, FL, and taught equine science courses at the College of Central Florida and in the fall of 2005 accepted a horse science instructor position at Black Hawk College in Kewanee, IL. In the fall of 2009, Dr. Lattimer came back to Kansas State University to work on his Ph.D. in comparative nutrition. Following graduation in May 2012, he joined Nestle Purina in St. Louis, MO, as a Technical Nutritionist.

He returned home to Kansas State University in the spring of 2015 as an Assistant Professor with an 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. His current responsibilities include teaching undergraduate nutrition courses, coaching the Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team, conducting equine and comparative nutrition research and mentoring graduate students who are pursuing advanced degrees with an equine or comparative nutrition emphasis. Additionally, Dr. Lattimer serves as the faculty supervisor for the Horse Teaching and Research Unit.

Dr. Lattimer’s research program focuses on digestive physiology of the horse with specific areas in the gut microbiome, post prandial glycemia, and digestibility of feedstuffs. Also, he collaborates across species with his fellow nutritionists to provide his students with a comparative look into animal nutrition.  

Dr. Lattimer and his wife, Nichole, have three children, Paige, Payton and Owen. The Lattimer family own a small livestock operation outside of Wamego, KS, where they raise and show club lambs and Boer goats.