Focus on Faculty: Dr. David Grant

Dr. David Grant

Dr. David Grant

Dr. David Grant is an associate professor of internal medicine in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. He graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and completed a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1999. After joining the college as a small animal internal medicine resident in 2000, Grant was a clinical instructor and assistant professor before holding his current title. He is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

What is your hometown?
I was born in Miami, Florida, but in the late 70s (when I was about six) the crime and drug wars in Miami got so bad that my parents decided we should move. I spent the rest of my childhood in Naples, Fla. I was a band-geek, did a lot of fishing, and was an average student until 10th grade when I decided to be an excellent student.

What are your current responsibilities at the college? If you teach, what do you teach?
I feel like I have a lot of responsibilities. Listing them may seem like bragging, but it isn’t. I take each of them very seriously, and I know my colleagues work hard too. I am an internal medicine specialist so I care for patients in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). I do a small amount of research, usually related to urinary and gastrointestinal tract problems of animals. I am the section chief of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Oncology. I am the director of the VTH blood bank. I am a member of several committees related to the DVM curriculum, which I have a great interest in. I teach internal medicine to students, interns, and residents in the VTH, urology to third-year veterinary students, and have some more minor roles in other courses. I consider teaching the most important responsibility I have.

When did you come to the college, and what brought you here?
I first came to Virginia Tech in 1991 for my undergraduate degree in chemistry. I picked Tech because it was near the Smokey Mountains where my family took summer vacations when I was a kid, because I had a friend going to school here, and because I wanted to get away from Florida. After vet school at the University of Florida, I wanted to do a residency in internal medicine. My wife and I wanted to be somewhere familiar to us so I picked the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and fortunately it picked me too.

What interests you about your field?
I consider internal medicine to be my specialty and urology to be my subspecialty. The former interests me because internists frequently have to try to diagnose and treat multiple diseases simultaneously. I like that challenge. Urology interests me because I had pets with urinary tract problems, and because many animals suffer with urinary tract problems. 

Hobbies or interests outside of the college?
I love to spend time with my wife and daughter. I used to be an avid tennis player, but back problems have prevented me from doing much lately. I enjoy fishing and auto-racing.

Anything else you wish to share?
I feel very fortunate to have this job.

Dean Cyril Clarke presented the Outstanding Instructor Award to Dr. David Grant at the
college's Spring Awards Luncheon on March 28, 2014. The DVM Class of 2015 selected Dr. Grant to receive the award in recognition of his teaching excellence and his compassionate
and caring attitude.