Texas Tech University

Clayton J. Cobb

Clayton grew up between northeast Texas and central New Mexico, learning the life of rural ranching family at a young age.  He was introduced to veterinary medicine through a local veterinarian named Wally Kraft, DVM, who became a strong influence for Clayton in becoming a veterinarian and a voice in organized veterinary medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Clayton conducted research in the fields of animal nutritional immunology under Michael A. Ballou, Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. He attended veterinary school at Texas A&M and, shortly after, started practice in rural/regional mixed-animal medicine and continued his strong involvement in organized veterinary medicine.

Clayton is a Professor of General Veterinary Practice at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine and teaches clinical and professional skills as well as introduction to animal care. His goal is to form confident, competent, and practice-ready veterinarians to serve rural/regional communities with a focus in general veterinary practice and leadership.  His areas of research and interest are creating and validating interactive clinical skills models, use of virtual/augmented technologies in teaching, investigating innovative communication techniques, and applied veterinary medicine advancements, specifically in dairy and beef cattle. He aims to support a more efficient learning environment that emphasizes mental wellness and creates veterinarians that are joyful.

Although he is a member of many organizations, Clayton is very involved in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, previously as a member of the Board of Directors, and now serves as a member of several committees and leadership positions. As an involved member, he focuses his time as a liaison for veterinary students, recent graduates, and membership.

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