The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) announces Guy Sheppard, DVM, as agency veterinary diagnostician. Dr. Sheppard begins with the agency February 8 and will coordinate veterinary services and provide consultation to the more than 6,000 clients aided daily by the agency’s diagnostic services.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Sheppard received a bachelor of science in veterinary science in 1977 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1978. From 1978 through 1980, Dr. Sheppard served as the veterinary officer and then chief of veterinary services at the Animal Disease and Prevention Control Facility located at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He owned and operated a mixed animal practice from 1980 until 2008.
Dr. Sheppard understands the day-to-day challenges many of TVMDL’s clients face.
“It is my goal to apply the wide array of experience, communication and leadership opportunities I have received to the benefit of TVMDL,” he said.
His long tenure in veterinary medicine, coupled with his recent experience as director of development and alumni relations at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, will assist him in client interactions. As veterinary diagnostician, Dr. Sheppard will communicate and consult daily with clients in the areas of test selection, test strategy and interpretation of results. He will advise clients on disease prevention, surveillance and control programs.
Dr. Sheppard is a long-time member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), of which he served as president in 2006. In 1988, TVMA honored him as the outstanding food animal practitioner of the year. In addition, Dr. Sheppard holds a membership with the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association and from 1989 until 1996 served on the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He has authored or co-authored articles for such journals as the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, DVM Newsmagazine and Texas Veterinarian, and spoke on topics from practice mergers to trends in animal practices for groups like the Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Convention and the TVMA.
“We look forward to adding Dr. Guy Sheppard to our outstanding staff. Our veterinary diagnosticians have more than six decades of experience between them, allowing us to provide excellent consultation and testing information to clients,” said Bruce L. Akey, DVM, MS, TVMDL director. “Dr. Sheppard brings with him a wealth of knowledge in both the companion animal and livestock areas of the veterinary profession.”
Dr. Sheppard will office in the College Station laboratory. For more information on the diagnostic services offered at TVMDL, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.