Scott Reed, DVM, PhD has always loved animals. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1990. He focuses on the care of on companion animals and pathology, specifically canines and felines. Scott Reed currently heads Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo, Texas.
Scott Douglas Reed, the son of Margaret McCracken Reed and Donald Vincent Reed, was born in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. He lived in Harrison City before his family, which now includes his brother Steven Donald Reed, moved to College Park, Maryland. The Reeds subsequently moved to Dayton, Ohio and then to Vienna, Virginia where his sister Virginia Marie Reed was born.
The family remained in Vienna until his parents retired to Gainesville, Florida. Scott attended Vienna and Wolftrap Elementary Schools, Joyce Kilmer Middle School, and James Madison High School.
While in high school Scott Reed had various interests and his career goals ranged from becoming a garbage man to herpetologist to becoming a veterinarian; he also played junior varsity and varsity football as well as club rugby. In addition to school activities, Scott’s childhood interests always included a caring for a variety of pets as well as woodworking, mechanics, and horticulture. He was lucky to have parents who supported his menagerie of animals which included snakes, lizards, turtles, rabbits, dogs, and several years of hobby ferret breeding.
Scott met and married his wife, Frances Minnich Reed, while in veterinary school. Because his wife graduated the year after him, Scott Reed practiced companion animal medicine in Gainesville for a year before deciding to pursue a pathology residency at North Carolina State University.
After graduating high school, Scott attended Virginia Tech University where he received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. During his biochemistry education, he developed a keen interest in molecular biology and took a graduate position in plant molecular biology in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Schmidt at the University of Florida. After a year of graduate school Scott decided to return to his original career goal of becoming a veterinarian.
In preparation for applying to the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Scott worked as a chemist in the gastroenterology diagnostic laboratory of Dr. David A. Williams, a pioneer in developing many of the serologic tests for diagnosing pancreatic diseases in companion animals. Scott was accepted to veterinary school the following year and focused on companion animal medicine, but also developed a keen interest in pathology. Finally, Scott Reed became Scott Reed, DVM.
For the next several years Scott Reed was an emergency and primary care veterinarian and eventually opened a clinic with his wife, Fran. During this time he became boarded in canine and feline medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and he has since been recertified. During practice, Scott developed several problems with the use of his hands and could no longer effectively do surgery. He was also tired of the monotony of daytime practice and decided to return to his original goal of becoming a veterinary pathologist.
The Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Veterinary Medicine provided Scott with an opportunity to pursue a pathology residency, where he was awarded a T32 fellowship by the Tulane Regional Primate Center which allowed him to complete a PhD with Dr. Shulin Li in cancer immunogene therapy. Dr. Li is currently at MD Anderson continuing his NIH-funded research in cancer immunology. Upon completing his PhD, Scott did a variety of collaborative research projects at Pennington Biomedical Research Center which included neurosignaling associated with digestive physiology as well as dietary interventions targeted at preventing hypertension and renal disease.
Professionally, Scott also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Forensics Science: Research and Development and the Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology and is an instructor for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He has received awards and been recognized by the CL Davis foundation, NIH, Hills’ Pet Nutrition, Iams, and Phi Zeta’s Florida and LSU chapters.
Scott Reed DVM spent two years as the Director of a laboratory in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the diagnostic pathologist who managed lab personnel, policy, lab marketing, and outreach, and even strategic and financial planning. Recently, Scott and his wife moved to Amarillo Texas. Now Scott Reed DVM works as a Diagnostic Pathologist in the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab. He is responsible for providing anatomic and clinical pathology services.
Scott Reed completed a PhD with Dr. Shulin Li in cancer immunogene therapy at the Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine.