Theresa Brown is helping fulfill the school’s mission by teaching veterinary students how to become successful practitioners across the major animal species.
It didn't take long for Theresa Brown to figure out her true calling while growing up on a farm in rural Western Australia. She took an interest in veterinary medicine and never looked back.
After practicing veterinary medicine for 20 years in a number of diverse settings, Brown brought her skills, knowledge and love of teaching to the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo. She will help instruct veterinary students in the art and science of general veterinary practice. She joined the school as an assistant professor of general veterinary practice.
“Moving to Texas Tech University in Amarillo and experiencing the weather, the countryside and, in particular, the people, has made me feel like I have just returned home,” Brown said. “Working at the School of Veterinary Medicine for the past months has been a delightful change to private practice and seeing the students learning and growing on a daily basis is hugely fulfilling. I am excited to be here to help to teach our next generation of rural veterinarians.”
Brown will help students develop and hone their clinical and professional skills. To do this, Brown will use clinically relevant scenarios to help solidify her students' knowledge and provide the veterinary context of the materials they are taught. She also will aid students throughout their hands-on experience, so they become confident and competent veterinarians.
“Rural communities around the world share so much in common,” said Guy Loneragan, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “Theresa brings so much rural wisdom and common sense, along with a wealth of veterinary experience to our school. We are so fortunate that Theresa chose to be a part of our school. All of us, and in particular our students, benefit so much from her commitment to developing the next generation of great practitioners.”
Brown graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, in 2002. She followed that up with six years of equine practice before transitioning over to a small, mixed- animal practice.
Before joining Texas Tech, Brown spent the last two years as the chief veterinarian at Loudoun County Animal Services in Virginia. While there, she oversaw the veterinary work at the municipal shelter and worked closely with the Humane Law Enforcement Department on animal welfare and cruelty cases.
Brown is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and many others.
“Dr. Theresa Brown has brought great experience with a variety of species and a calm nature that helps guide students in stressful situations,” said John Dascanio, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs. “She will be able to guide students in shelter medicine, dealing with population-based small-animal issues, but she can also step right into an equine laboratory. It is great to have such a versatile colleague.”