Director, Science and Educational Operations
Dr. Atkins is a native of Mandan, ND, and grew up working at her family’s veterinary clinic and commercial cow-calf operation. In 2002, Jackie graduated with a B.S. in Biotechnology from Montana State University.
Atkins attended the University of Missouri, earning a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology in Beef cattle under Dr. Michael F. Smith. After graduate school, Jackie worked as an embryologist for Dr. Chuck Gue at Progenesis Embryo Transfer, based in Belgrade, MT. In 2013, Dr. Atkins joined the team at the American Simmental Association as the Director of Science and Education.
In her role as Director of Science and Education at ASA, Jackie contributes science articles to the ASA publication and emedia, coordinates research projects, is involved in the Carcass Merit Program, and oversees the genetic condition reporting.