In 2007, Dr. Sims graduated from Oklahoma State University with a doctorate in veterinary medicine following undergraduate work in biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduation, Dr. Sims was a mixed animal practitioner in Cortez, Colorado for several years. In 2011, he completed an anatomic pathology residency and earned a master’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Sims subsequently worked as a veterinary pathologist for the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Little Rock. His caseload included domestic livestock, companion animals, poultry, wildlife, and exotic species. Dr. Sims also served as pathology section head and evaluated surgical biopsies and cytologies.
Dr. Sims was recognized as a member of the National Veterinary Medical Service Corp for helping to mitigate a veterinary shortage area in food supply veterinary medicine as part of the USDA’s Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP).
Furthering his interest in infectious disease, Dr. Sims trained at USDA’s Plum Island Disease Center and is a certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD).