Welcome Gary Baxter

By Sarah Freeman

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital welcomed Gary Baxter, VMD, MS, DACVS, as its Director in April, 2011.Dr. Baxter brings with him a wealth of research, clinical practice, and educational experience in the veterinary field. He is also familiar with the UGA CVM through his master’s studies and residency here in the mid-1980s.

Dr. Baxter, a native of Pennsylvania, did his undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University. Although he grew up on a dairy farm, it was equine studies that captured his focus when he earned his VMD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Following his Masters of Science studies from UGA’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and subsequent residency, he was named an assistant professor of surgery at UGA. In 1990, Dr. Baxter left UGA to pursue his career at Colorado State University through a series of promotions including professorships of large animal surgery, head of the equine section, large animal chief of staff, and assistant department head of clinical sciences. He remains professor emeritus at CSU.

He is a prolific researcher and author, conducting numerous funded research projects and authoring nearly 150 scientific publications and abstracts. His early research focused on equine laminitis and colic but more recently it has involved the musculoskeletal system such as lameness, joint disease, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Baxter has also authored numerous textbook chapters, and in 2011 published his first two textbooks: Adams & Stashak’s Lameness in Horses and Manual of Equine Lameness.

Dr. Baxter is married to a small animal veterinarian, Margaret Baxter, and they have three adult daughters.

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