The Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) program, a partnership between the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and West Texas A&M University, has hired two new faculty members to bring their extensive experience in the field and the classroom to the students, veterinarians, livestock producers and citizens of the Texas Panhandle.
Benjamin Newcomer, a dairy cattle expert, and Jenna Funk, an expert in beef cattle production, will support the fourth-year veterinary students who choose to participate in clinical rotations in Canyon and the surrounding areas.
“Dr. Newcomer and Dr. Funk bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and research expertise to the VERO team, and the work they will do through teaching and research will have a tremendous impact on Texas A&M students and, as importantly, the citizens of the Texas Panhandle and High Plains region,” said Dr. John August, CVMBS dean. “Understanding the impact of management decisions on animal health, as well as on human health and the global environment, requires a ‘One Health’ approach to livestock stewardship, and these two new professors will play a key role in ensuring the next generation of veterinarians understand this as well.”
Dr. Susan Eades, head of the CVMBS’ Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, said Newcomer and Funk will