Veterinary professionals have an array of daily responsibilities that range from preventative medicine to diagnostic testing procedures. Pursuing a career in veterinary sciences not only requires dedicated professionals to have a keen medical memory, but also requires great leadership to help guide their team members, injured animals and their families, as well as themselves through the variety of situations and solutions in animal health care. For those considering the path to become a veterinarian, both academic dedication and hands-on experience will be necessary to succeed. In the list below, we have identified 15 of the top veterinary professors online who have not only proven their dedication in the field of veterinary medicine but continue to expand research efforts and opportunities to further advance the industry and the profession as a whole. These top veterinary professors are infamous for their outstanding work as veterinarians of various disciplines, and one of them below just might inspire your next career move.
Dr. Smith is Professor of Surgery and Dean Emeritus at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and also a diplomat for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He maintains a blog called “Veritas DMV” to provide students with tips for succeeding when applying to vet school. In 2007, he was selected New York State Veterinarian of the Year and he’s been published multiple times in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine as well as in other journals. He primarily teaches the history of veterinary medicine and problem-based learning to new students.
As a recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, Dr. Talcott is an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Her specific interest is in veterinary toxicology and she also provides her services to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. She is a diplomate for the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and she has given numerous presentations including at the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and the Western Veterinary Conference.
Dr. Charles is an assistant professor in radiology and equine practice at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine. She helped develop an extern program at San Dieguito Equine Group, overseeing the school’s senior veterinary students externing there. She has been a speaker with the Veterinary Leadership Institute and served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She is interested in helping students understand their career options in equine practice and is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Leadership Development Committee and its Student Programs Task Force.
As a clinical assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dr. O’Brien teaches veterinary anesthesiology and fluid therapy, emergency and critical care pathophysiology and more. Her research interest is in the effects of Vitamin D on animal health and she has a number of professional affiliations including with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In 2012, she was among a team of researchers to help develop guidelines for CPR for cats and dogs.
Dr. Aire is the program director in anatomy and physiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Grenada’s St. George’s University. His interest is in the reproductive biology of male wildlife including birds and he was recently inducted into the Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences. He has served on the World Veterinary Association and the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and he has published more than 100 papers and received awards including a second prize from the European Academy of Andrology.
Dr. Egger, a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has an interest in clinical treatment of pain, including through acupuncture, in veterinarian patients. She is a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and has authored or co-authored articles appearing in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
Dr. Brooks, clinical assistant professor and veterinary pathologist at Penn State University’s Department of Veterinary and Medical Sciences, has done research into respiratory disease in White-tailed deer and also field investigation into deer farming. He is a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and part of the Cervid Health Working Group, which looks at deer and elk farming needs in the state.
Dr. King is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University and has research interests in emerging zoonoses (diseases that can be transmitted between species), epidemiology, and infectious disease. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and in 2012 was the recipient of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Senator John Melcher Leadership Award. King previously served as president of the Association of American Veterinary MedicalColleges and a legislative liaison for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Fuller, a distinguished professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has focused much of his research on anatomy, cell biology, reproductive biology and toxicology. He’s served on the editorial boards of various academic journals including Domestic Animal Endocrinology and Reproduction in Domestic Animals and has obtained three funding grants, totaling more than $2 million, for research. He’s received multiple recognitions including the Society for Research and Fertility Distinguished Research Award in 2007 and the Society for the Study of Reproduction Carl Hartman Award in 2004.
Earlier this year, Dr. Knapp, professor of comparative oncology at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine,received $50,000 in grant funding from the American Cancer Foundation to study a deadly form of bladder cancer that appears in both humans and dogs. She is a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has authored or co-authored a vast number of articles for publication in academic journals, such as the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hart, a UC Davis Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of the school’s Program for Companion Animal Behavior, was just named the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year by the American Veterinary Medical Association for his research into the effects of early neutering on Golden Retrievers. The award comes with a $5,000 grant to further research, which has shown that early neutering may effect a dog’s risk for certain types of cancers and some joint disease. His research interests include clinical animal behavior and behaviors of domestic animals, and he acts as an expert witness in cases involving animal aggression. As well, he is a diplomate for the American College of Veterinarian Behaviorists and has been published numerous times in the likes of the Journal of Veterinary Medicine.
Just this year, Dr. Brown, an anatomic pathology professor in the school’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received the XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize from the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has co-authored many articles that have appeared in various veterinary journals, served on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Livestock Expert Advisory Panel, and as an associate editor for the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Johnson, an alumni of Auburn University in Alabama, became the school’s seventh dean of the College of Medicine in 2013. Previously, he was a department head and a professor of pathology in the school’s Department of Pathobiology. He is also a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and he’s been published many times with articles appearing in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and the American Journal of Veterinary Research.
Dr. Cornell has been a member of University of Georgia faculty since 1998, and now serves as a professor and assistant department head for the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Her specialty is as a soft tissue surgeon and she holds a particular interest in communication skills in training and teaching methodologies and reconstructive surgery. She has received the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award twice and also received the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor award from the school.
For his research into dairy cow reproduction, Dr. Galvao, an assistant professor of large animal clinical sciences at University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received one of the school’s 2013 Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors, which came with $5,000 to support research. He’s authored or co-authored more than 35 journal articles, many of which have been published in the Journal of Dairy Science or Theriogenology.