Texas Tech University

World Renowned Equine Expert Joins School of Veterinary Medicine

Weston Brooks

January 12, 2023

James Brown

James Brown is an equine expert with a passion for producing highly skilled veterinarians.

Originally from rural Australia, James Brown was introduced to horses at an early age. In fact, he credits the inspiration for becoming an equine veterinarian to his dad, who was a farmer and racehorse trainer.  

Brown followed his passion through a distinguished career and has now landed in Amarillo to continue what he loves most: teaching the art and science of general veterinary practice and in particular, contribute deeply to Texas Tech's robust equine medicine and surgery program. Brown brings his passion and years' worth of expertise to Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo as an associate professor of equine surgery.

“I am excited to be involved with Texas Tech and the new veterinary school,” Brown said. “Fostering the next generation of equine veterinarians is something I am passionate about, and this role allows me to do that as well as provide surgical services to the local equine community.”

Brown's focus in veterinary medicine is tailored toward surgery, sports medicine, theriogenology (animal reproduction) and general veterinary practice. He will educate his students in all aspects of general surgery, and especially in equine surgery. 

Brown has a diverse background in reproduction and surgery. He has recently advanced and focused research on computed tomography and surgery of the equine head.

“James is a highly skilled and down to earth expert,” said Guy Loneragan, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “James has a deep understanding of what makes rural communities tick. Combining that understanding with his extensive expertise makes for an amazing member of our school community. We are so lucky to get to work alongside someone like James. He helps make our school better at every turn.”

Before joining Texas Tech, Brown spent 15 years at Virginia Tech as a clinical associate professor of equine surgery at the Marion du Pont Scott Equine Medical Center. Prior to Virginia Tech, he was at University of California, Davis as a clinical instructor of equine reproduction. 

Brown is board certified in both large animal surgery and theriogenology. He also is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) and American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). 

“Dr. James Brown has board certification in both reproduction and large animal surgery. His broad-based background brings experience and mentorship abilities to our program,” said John Dascanio, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs.

“He has already contributed his expertise to curriculum development and to helping local practices with difficult case material. He will make a huge difference in our equine program and for the equine community.”