Janet Helms, DVM

National Director, Farm Animal Operations


Dr. Janet Helms is the National Director, Farm Animal Operations. Helms has spent her professional career focusing on dairy, veterinary, and agricultural enterprises. Before joining American Humane, Dr. Helms was a Senior Dairy Technical Services Veterinarian for Zoetis in the Pacific Northwest, working directly with veterinarians and their clientele in Oregon, Washington and Utah. Her focus on improving the health of dairy and beef cattle in the Northwest drove her as she leveraged her skills in preventative veterinary medicine, information technologies, communication skills, and a spreadsheet or two. Dr. Helms has worked closely to improve management on dairies large and small.

Previous roles at Zoetis and Pfizer included several positions within Learning & Development, where she developed, delivered and evaluated training programs for all levels within the organization. Her role in Veterinary Medical Investigations and Product Support involved helping investigate and resolve possible animal health complaints and complying with strict regulatory guidelines of the FDA, USDA and EPA.  Dr. Helms completed a BS in Animal Science and an MBA focusing on Leadership & Management at Cornell University. A graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Janet Helms completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery before moving to California to dairy practice. For more than nine years, Dr. Helms provided preventative herd health, emergency, medical, and surgical services to large dairies in Southern California. In addition, she developed her practice to include consulting services in the fields of dairy records analysis, milk quality, labor management, new facility design, operations, and goal-setting.