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Dr. D. Bruce Lawhorn

Dr. D. Bruce Lawhorn

Dr. Bruce Lawhorn earned his D.V.M. degree from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972 and entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps upon his graduation.  He was awarded the Outstanding U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Officer Award at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois, and served until his Honorable Discharge at Ft. Meade, Maryland.  After his tour of active duty was completed, Dr. Lawhorn entered private practice and established the Lawhorn Veterinary Clinic in Temple, Texas, where he practiced from 1975 until 1979.

In 1979, Dr. Lawhorn became a Staff Veterinarian for Dekalb Swine Breeders in Dekalb, Illinois, setting the stage for a remarkable career as the established resource in Texas for swine health and management issues.  Moving back to Texas in 1982, Dr. Lawhorn accepted the position of Extension Swine Veterinarian with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service at Texas A&M, then added the title of Assistant Professor at the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery as he accepted concurrent positions in service to the swine industry and veterinary practitioners in the state.

Dr. Lawhorn received a Masters of Science degree in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M in 1989, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and full Professor in 2001.  From 2002 until 2003, Dr. Lawhorn also served as the Chief of the Food Animal Section in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Lawhorn's video "New Virus Vaccines Through Genetic Engineering" was selected for use by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. for the 1996 "Health in America" exhibition, the theme of which was to highlight veterinary medical contributions to improvements in human health.  Dr. Lawhorn has authored and co-authored many publications and has also made innumerable presentations to producer and veterinary groups throughout Texas.  He was awarded the TVMA Faculty Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Accomplishments in Research in 1997 and the TVMA Veterinary Medical Specialty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Lawhorn retired from the State Swine Extension Veterinary position in 2003, but retained his teaching appointment in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences until 2010.  He continues his interest in swine practice through consultations with practitioners via the Veterinary Information Network.  He also continues to work as a relief veterinarian for various practices in Texas.

Due to Dr. Lawhorn's continued passion for education in swine health, he established the Dr. Donald B. Lawhorn Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Swine Medicine, to help his protégé, Dr. Brandon Dominguez, continue to build upon what Dr. Lawhorn began.

Together with his brother Craig, the Lawhorns manage Elm Creek Hunting, Inc., a dove and duck hunting and catch and release bass fishing operation east of Temple.  He is active as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church, Bryan and participates in the local Restorative Justice Jail Ministries, B/CS Gideon Fellowship, and Bridge Ministries.  He and his wife Debra have been married for almost 42 years and they have two sons and three grandchildren.

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