Population Health Sciences Faculty

Bess J. Pierce, DVM, MZS, Diplomate ABVP, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

Associate Professor
Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Department of Population Health Sciences

Education

  • 2010
    Animals and Human Health: A Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy Activities and Learning
    Graduate School of Social Work
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
  • 2008
    Canine Rehabilitation Therapy Certificate Program
    Canine Rehabilitation Institute
    Florida
  • 2005
    Veterinary Basic Acupuncture Course
    International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
  • 1992
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL
  • 1990
    MZS, Wildlife Biology
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL
  • 1986
    BS, Biology
    Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Canine Specialty
  • American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine/Feline Specialty
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Small Animal Internal Medicine

Research Interests

  • Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation
  • Human-animal bond and interactions

Professional Experience

  • 2014 – Present
    Associate Professor
    Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2007 – 2014
    Associate Professor
    Community Practice
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2011 – Present
    Director
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2013 – Present
    Senior Veterinarian
    Colonel, Veterinary Corps, US Army Reserve
    Public Health Command Region – Europe
    Landstuhl, Germany
  • 2007 – 2013
    DIMA Director
    Colonel, Veterinary Corps, US Army Reserve
    DoD Military Working Dog Veterinary Service
    San Antonio, TX
  • 1992 – 2007
    Active Military Duty
    US Army Veterinary Corps
    • 2006 – 2007
      National Capital District Veterinary Command
      Fort Belvoir, VA
    • 2003 – 2006
      Chief, Internal Medicine and Outpatient Clinics
      DoD Military Working Dog Veterinary Service
      San Antonio, TX
    • 2000 – 2003
      Chief Veterinarian
      Japan District Veterinary Command
      Okinawa Branch
    • 1997 – 2000
      Resident in Small Animal Internal Medicine
      College of Veterinary Medicine, UF
      Gainesville, FL
    • 1994 – 1997
      Staff Veterinarian
      Okinawa Branch Veterinary Services
      Okinawa, Japan
    • 1992 – 1994
      Chief Veterinarian
      Edwards Branch Veterinary Services
      Edwards Air Force Base, CA

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Veterinary Dental Society
  • American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians

Selected Publications

  1. Jones J, Tucker T, Tan J, Pierce B, et al. Improving understanding of early behavioral indicators of lumbosacral disease in working dogs using 3d visualization of skeletal movements during working tasks: feasibility study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, (20 March 2013) 1-7.
  2. Jones J, Tan J, Tucker T, Foxworth J, Long B, Pierce B, Harper T. Whole body CT, motion capture, and 3D computer animation findings in three working dogs with early onset lower back pain. In: Abstracts of the 7th International Working Dog Conference. Journal of Veterinary Behavior Volume 2012, 7(1): 56.
  3. Kiss CM and Pierce BJ. The Rational Use of Screening Tests in Senior Wellness Programs. NAVC Clinician’s Brief, May, 2010.
  4. JC Jones, JC Tan, TJ Tucker, BJ Pierce, et.al. Feasibility for Using Multi-slice CT, Motion Capture, and 3D Computer Animation to Model Joint Movements in Working Dogs. Poster session, American College of Veterinary Radiology Annual Forum, October 2009.
  5. Pierce BJ. Physical Rehabilitation and Acupuncture As Tools Of Multimodal Pain Management In Working Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. Nov/Dec 2009 Volume 4(6): 243-244.
  6. Pierce BJ. Physical Conditioning and Injury Prevention for the Working Dog. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. Nov/Dec 2009 Volume 4(6):250-251.
  7. Thomas T, Lascelles D, Roe S, Marcellin D, Brosey B. Comparison of measurements obtained by use of an electrogoniometer and a universal plastic goniometer for the assessment of joint motion in dogs. Am J Vet Research, 2006; 67(12):1974-1979.