Dr. Dan Posey, the director for Student Recruitment and Professional Relationships at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), has received the Southwest Veterinary Symposium’s (SWVS) 2021 Visionary of the Year Award for his contributions to veterinary education.
The award is presented annually to an individual recognized by the profession for their active engagement in a private, public, or corporate veterinary practice and whose contributions elevate the standards and goals of veterinary medicine.
Beyond his administrative role, Posey serves as a clinical professor in the CVMBS’ Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) and is a part of the Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) faculty team located in Canyon, Texas.
“Drs. Posey and Griffin created the VERO program through vision and hard work to serve the state of Texas and its industries,” said Dr. Susan Eades, CVMBS professor and associate dean for administration at VERO. “Dr. Posey is a passionate and skilled educator and has developed a partnership with West Texas A&M University that has been vital to launching the VERO program. Dr. Posey has worked hard to create a program that has impact on the community, industry, and veterinary profession.”
Posey’s primary interests in veterinary medicine include beef cattle production medicine, sustainable agriculture, and teaching.
“Dr. Posey has a long history of commitment to providing veterinary medical support to rural communities and agricultural producers,” said Dr. Wesley Bissett, interim department head of VLCS. “He has been vital to the efforts of creating the VERO program, which is focused on ensuring that our students are ready to serve in these sectors. ‘Visionary’ describes him perfectly.”
He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1982 and spent 20 years at a private, general veterinary practice in rural Madison County, Texas, before moving into higher education.
He joined the CVMBS in 2002 and served in several administrative roles in College Station before moving to Canyon to help launch the VERO program. There, he also has a joint appointment as a clinical professor in West Texas A&M University’s (WT) Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
Outside of his roles as an educator and administrator, he also serves as the veterinarian for the WT Research Feedlot and Nance Ranch.
Posey is an active member in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), having served on the bovine and membership committees, the board of directors, the executive committee, and as a past president.
He was nominated for the award by the TVMA, selected as the recipient by the SWVS Awards Committee, and presented with the Visionary of the Year Award at the SVWS President’s VIP Reception.
The SWVS provides continuing education for veterinary professionals in the Southwest region of the nation, including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The annual symposium includes exhibits, interactive labs, and social activities for DVMs, RVTs, hospital personnel, veterinary and technician students, and suppliers who provide the products and services that support veterinary medicine.
Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of CVMBS Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; email@example.com; 979-862-4216