Texas Tech University

Leah Lee, DVM

Professor of Veterinary Practice-Community Shelter

About Me

Dr. Leah Lee is originally from Panhandle, Texas where she grew up on a cow/calf and farming operation that has been in the family since 1902. She earned her bachelors in Animal Science from West Texas A&M in 2001 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M in 2007. She returned to Panhandle and worked in a mixed animal practice, married, and started a family. After eight years, she placed her career on hold to be a full-time mom and then transitioned into providing relief veterinary services for local clinics.

In 2020, Dr. Lee found her passion for shelter medicine. She has attended High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter (HQHVSN) training and enrolled in shelter medicine continuing education courses. Dr. Lee has joined the Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine family as a professor of veterinary practice-community shelter. Over the years, Dr. Lee has enjoyed many opportunities in mentoring veterinary students. She has been blessed with mentors throughout her career and loves to pay it forward.

Dr. Lee is involved in her community. She serves on the school board and the youth baseball/softball board, PTO and organized the Silver Angel Tree for the local nursing home. She enjoys photography and quilting. Leah has a habit of bringing home orphaned kittens from the shelter to bottle feed.


Students will participate in shelter medicine aspects such as disease outbreaks, population management, HQHVSN techniques and community outreach. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with students and being an example of the many opportunities veterinary medicine can provide.


Dr. Lee is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and will be the shelter club advisor. She serves on the TVMA shelter committee and the local High Plains VMA.