Texas Tech University

Clayton J. Cobb, DVM, MS

Assistant Professor of General Veterinary Practice

About Me

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

Instruction

I am a Professor of General Veterinary Practice at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine and teach clinical and professional skills as well as introduction to animal care. I aim to form confident, competent, and practice-ready veterinarians to serve rural/regional communities with a focus in general veterinary practice and leadership.

Research

My 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. I aim to support a more efficient learning environment that emphasizes mental wellness and create veterinarians that are joyful.

Service

Although I am a member of many organizations, I am very involved in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, previously as a member of the Board of Directors, and now serve as a member of several committees and leadership positions. As an involved member, I focus my time as a liaison for veterinary students, recent graduates, and membership.