Dr. David Pugh
That brings us to our newly appointed Laboratory Director Dr. Pugh.
I believe, and certainly as we searched for the right candidate for the job, that to the person we hired this would be as much a calling as it is a job or position.
The more I come to know Pugh
, the more I am convinced he
views the position as a calling - the place he
is supposed to be.
understands the rough times we have gone through and shares a vision of where the laboratory system needs to be to support the great agriculture industry and the veterinarians and pet industry in this state.
The good thing is, I believe, Pugh brings the tools with him to have the system hitting on all eight cylinders very soon.
Having spent 5 years in large animal veterinary practice in Georgia, he
has learned to use duct tape and bailing wire to construct the space shuttle if that is what the job requires.
Pugh has held faculty positions at both the University of Georgia
and Auburn University
And while you will never hear him blow his
own horn, Dr. David Pugh
has a very impressive résumé.
He earned his master's degree in Agricultural Entomology at Auburn.
He received post DVM training in Equine Clinical Nutrition at Virginia Tech and theriogenology at Texas A&M.
He is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology, the American College of Nutrition and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
He has worked as a technical services veterinarian for both Fort Dodge and Pfizer Animal Health.
His most recent job was project veterinarian and director of operations for the Auburn Equine Source Plasma Project.
He is author of over 600 publications and is editor of the "Sheep and Goat Medicine" book that I believe is pretty much the gold standard in the veterinary industry when it comes to small ruminant medicine.
He has received many awards in the veterinary community and has served on many committees.
As I mentioned earlier, Pugh has an impressive résumé.
However, the thing, to me, that outshines his
résumé is the character and type of person he
If I had all the things in my tool kit that Pugh brings with him, I might need to get a hat a couple of sizes bigger than the one I wear now.
Pugh is one of the most humble people I know.
looks at those he
supervises as his
teammates striving toward the same goals.
is just as comfortable communicating with a farmer who never finished high school as he
is discussing veterinary issues with PhDs.
is a man who leans heavily upon his
I feel fortunate that Dr. David Pugh
will be riding herd on the Alabama Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System