If you've ever watched your pet twitch, twist, and growl when sleeping, you've probably wondered if he or she is having a particularly interesting dream that involves chasing mice or rooting throu ...View Article
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Cullen Cooper, DVM
I was born in Perryton, Texas and graduated high school in Spearman, Texas. Growing up I spent many hours with my dad and granddad in the tractor and combine. In high school I worked delivering hay to different ranches and feedlots most notably Dixon Creek of the 6666 Ranch. I attended Texas Tech University where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. While at Texas Tech I worked as a veterinary technician and completed a summer internship at the 6666 ranch where I was able to learn and grow an interest equine reproduction. As I applied to vet school I decided to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. This allowed me an amazing opportunity to study and see parts of the world that I had never been to before. I will say it is extremely difficult, but I did in fact successfully study on the beach once or twice. I was certified in scuba prior to moving to St. Kitts and obtained my rescue diver certification while on island. I also played golf with a couple friends at times of the year when it is less pleasant to play in West Texas. I completed my clinical training at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where I was able to be a part of and see a diverse case load. Prior to moving to San Angelo I spent an additional time at the 6666 Ranch palpating mares and helping with foal outs. My professional interests include equine reproduction, lameness, surgery, and medicine. My small animal interests include surgery and medicine with plans to attend continuing education in small animal orthopedic surgery. On days off I enjoy being outside, whether its golf, fishing, sporting clays, hiking, floating the river, and snowboarding in the winter time.
Geoff is originally from Northern California. He comes from a ranching family background, and competed in local rodeos growing up. He went to college at Cal Poly where he completed a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on Beef Production in 2013. He then attended vet school at Washington State University. Geoff is excited to start his career here at Western Veterinary Hospital as our newest intern. His main interests include soft tissue surgery and sports medicine. During his free time Geoff enjoys backpacking and spending time outdoors with his dog, Malone.
Shia Gottwald, DVM (COMPLETED!)
Dr. Gottwald is a recent graduate of Washington State University. She is primarily interested in equine medicine, surgery, and theriogenology, with special interest in equine sleep deprivation, but is also involved with the medical and surgical care of our small animal patients. Dr. Gottwald is from Olympia Washington and has been riding since the age of six. She rode in open shows and participated in 4-H for ten years. During her attendance at Washington State University for her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences, she was an active member of the Collegiate Horsemen's Association. She also participated in research projects about Babesia bovis, equi, and caballi which are tick born diseases that impact equine and bovine health. During veterinary school, Dr. Gottwald was also an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, the WSU Radiology Club, and the WSU Colic Team. After her internship, she plans to continue on on to complete an equine medicine residency or may go into private practice. Dr. Gottwald joined us for our externship program as well, and is now welcomed back as a valuable asset to our thriving practice!