Focus on Faculty: 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.