Previously from southwest Kansas, Dr. Sims worked on his family’s farm and funded his college education by starting a cattle herd from his 4-H show calves. His family currently ranches in southwest Oklahoma and Dr. Sims often consults on herd health matters for them.
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).
“We are very excited to have Dr. Sims join our pathology staff in Amarillo. His prior 5 years of experience in the diagnostic lab in Arkansas and his interest and personal experience in cattle management and diseases will be a tremendous plus for our clients,” R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, MA, Amarillo Resident Director said. “Dr. Sims’ interest in dermatopathology cases will be a valuable asset for our small animal clients.”
Please join TVMDL in welcoming Dr. Sims to the agency. For more information on TVMDL, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.