Focus on Faculty: James Brown

James Brown
James Brown and Jasper the donkey

James Brown is a clinical assistant professor of equine surgery at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. He received his bachelor of veterinary science degree with honors from the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia before earning a graduate diploma in agricultural economics from the University of England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. He completed a residency in equine production at the University of California at Davis and a three-year residency at the Equine Medical Center to earn a master’s degree in biomedical and veterinary science. Brown is board certified by the American College of Theriogenologists and achieved Dipolomate status through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011.

Hometown?
I grew up on a family farm west of a town called Griffith in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
What are your current responsibilities at the college? If you teach, what do you teach?
I am an equine surgeon at the Equine Medical Center. I see a variety of cases both elective and emergency. I tend to work on a lot of dental/sinus cases as well as emergencies such as colic, lacerations, infected joints, etc. I have a clinical teaching role to students rotating through the EMC and interns and residents. Once a year I travel down to Blacksburg for equine dentistry lectures and lab.
When did you come to the college, and what brought you here?
I came to the EMC in 2007 for the equine surgery residency program. After completion of the program, I stayed on and joined faculty. Prior to that, I had completed a Theriogenology residency at UC Davis, California.
What interests you about your field?
Being continually challenged by new and interesting cases. We are very blessed here at the EMC with a wonderful caseload and we have very committed, caring owners. It allows us to explore diagnoses and treatments that most people do not get the opportunity to do.
What is your area of research?
My clinical work has lead me to develop and refine standing sinus and dental-related surgery techniques. I have always had an interest in equine dentistry and so combining that with surgery has made my work very interesting and enjoyable.
Hobbies or interests outside of the college?
My three sons compete in the Virginia Junior Rodeo Association so we travel on weekends to compete around the state. The two oldest (ten and eight years) team rope together and the youngest (four years) has started mutton busting and barrel racing. We have a mini farm so my spare time is spent taking care of animals, fences, barns, etc.
Do you have any pets?
We have five horses (Skeeter, Punkin, Chip, Bunny, and Chocolate), a dog (Sheila), and a cat (Blitzen). We also have numerous farm animals (milking cow, beef cows, sheep, hogs, and chickens).  
Anything else you wish to share?
The Equine Medical Center is a great place for students who have an interest in horses. They get to see a wide variety of interesting cases. I particularly like to have the students around as they are a lot of fun. It is rewarding to see them put into practice what they have learned and grow in confidence.    
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James Brown, clinical assistant professor of equine surgery at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, plays a clinical teaching role for fourth-year veterinary students, interns, and residents at the center. He also travels to Blacksburg to teach equine dentistry, as pictured above, to third-year veterinary students.