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Dr. Dee Griffin serves as a clinical professor and the director of #TeamVERO. He has a joint appointment between the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU).
Raised on a small cow/calf operation, he has focused his career on cattle. He received his DVM from Oklahoma State University and his MS from Purdue University. He is also a professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.
In 2017, Dr. Griffin was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame and received their Industry Leaders Award. He is the past president of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) and winner of the AVC’s Veterinary Consultant of the Year. He is a recipient of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) national award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine (their national award for Institutional Teaching, Research, and Service Excellence) and a recipient of their Mentor of The Year award. He was honored by The Bovine Practitioner as one of the industries VIP’s for his contributions to the feedlot industry and as one of their “Top 20 Most Influential Veterinarians.” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) awarded him their Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Educator of the Year. He is the recipient of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Awards, an inductee of the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater. Dr. Griffin serves on the NCBA’s BQA Advisory Board and has served on the NCBA’s Health and Well-Being Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of both the Professional Animal Auditors Certification Organization (PAACO) and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). He has served on the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Veterinary Medical Advisory Committee and Minor Species Drug Use Committee.
He and his wife started dating in a small high school where his mother-in-law and father-in-law represented 50% of the faculty. 4-H was the magnet that brought them together and family is the bond that keeps them secure.
Dan Posey, DVM
Dr. Dan Posey is clinical professor and academic coordinator for #TeamVERO. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) in the CVM and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). He was in private, general veterinary practice in rural Madison County, Texas for 20 years before his career in academia. Dr. Posey has been certified in beef cattle production management through the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center in Clay Center, Nebraska since 1997. He joined the CVM in 2002 and is boarded by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in beef cattle practice. He served as the Chief of Food Animal Medicine in VLCS from 2003 to 2008. In 2009, he joined the CVM’s Professional Programs Office as director of special projects and then served as director of student affairs from 2014 to 2016, when he joined VERO and moved to Canyon, Texas. Dr. Posey is the veterinarian for the WTAMU Research Feedlot and the Nance Ranch in addition to advising the Pre-Vet Club at WTAMU. He is an active member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), having served on the Bovine and Membership committees, the Board Directors, and the Executive Committee. He is a past president of the TVMA.
Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Paul Morley is professor and director of food animal research for #TeamVERO through the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) in the CVM. He is an epidemiologist and veterinary internal medicine specialist who studies infectious diseases affecting people and animals. Major emphases for his professional activities include investigating the ecology of antimicrobial resistance in animals and food production systems, using analytical epidemiology to improve our understanding of diseases in animals and people, and improving infection control and biosecurity to manage health risks that are important in veterinary medicine, agriculture, and public health. His research has used shotgun metagenomics to investigate the influence of production practices in intensive agriculture systems on the antimicrobial resistance and microbial ecology as these affect human, animal, and ecosystem health.
Sarah Capik, DVM, PhD
Dr. Sarah Capik is assistant professor of ruminant animal health. She holds a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and #TeamVERO through the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) in the CVM. Her research interests include the characterization, transmission dynamics, diagnosis, and control of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). She has been involved in bacterial challenge studies and natural disease models, investigating potential methods to mitigate stress in cattle, the use of behavioral monitoring to identify sick cattle, and evaluating diagnostic sampling strategies for BRD. She is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the High Plains Veterinary Medical Association, and the Panhandle Livestock Professionals.
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Jaye Hawkins is the administrative coordinator for #TeamVERO through the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) in the CVM. She has over twenty years of experience working within university systems and agricultural organizations serving as an executive director and administrator. She has been associated with the WTAMU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 2009.
Established in 2009, VERO is the partnership between the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)
and the West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) Paul Engler College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
to bring Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach to the Texas Panhandle.